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01 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 1 November (IRIN) - Following is President Pierre Buyuoya's 26-member cabinet for the fist half of a three-year transitional government inaugurated on Thursday. Under a deal cut to end the eight-year civil war largely between the ruling Tutsi minority and the majority Hutu opposition, Buyoya, a Tutsi, will head the new power-sharing administration as its president for the next 18 months. During this period Domitien Ndayizeye will serve as vice-president. Both men will reverse roles for the second 18-month period.
President: Pierre Buyoya (UPRONA)

01 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 1 November (IRIN) - A new polio eradication campaign which aims to achieve a polio-free certification for Ethiopia in 2005 will get under way on 9 November, a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) spokesman told IRIN on Thursday. Afewerk Ayele told IRIN that UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) had organised 51,000 vaccination teams to carry out the campaign, which will aim to vaccinate as many as 14 million children by the year's end.

01 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 1 November (IRIN) - Sudanese Health Minister of Health Ahmad Bilal Uthman has called for a cease-fire in southern Sudan for five days every month in order to allow the vaccination of children against polio, the daily Al-Ray al-Amm newspaper reported on Tuesday.

01 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 1 November (IRIN) - President Pierre Buyoya was sworn in on Thursday to head a three-year power-sharing government in Burundi that mediators hope will return peace to the country after eight years of civil war.

01 Nov 2001 description
report Oxfam

For over four weeks Oxfam International has been increasingly concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. We have been calling on all parties for a pause in military action and for the World Food Programme urgently to step up the trucking of food into Afghanistan before winter sets in. We now fear that time is running out for some communities. For others, time will run out if food deliveries do not dramatically increase in the next weeks and months.

01 Nov 2001 description


U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID)
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Note: this Situation Report updates previous Central Asia Task Force Situation Reports and Fact Sheets.

Background

01 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 1 November (IRIN) - A humanitarian crisis of major magnitude is unfolding in Western Bahr al-Ghazal State, southern Sudan, as intensified government bombing and ground attacks by government-armed murahilin tribal militia have resulted in the entire population of Raga County being displaced, the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) claimed on Thursday.

01 Nov 2001 description

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Kenzo Oshima reported to correspondents at a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon on his recent mission on behalf of the Secretary-General to the Central Asian Republics of Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Mr.

01 Nov 2001 description
report EurasiaNet

From EURASIA INSIGHT November 2, 2001

Todd Diamond: 11/01/01

In a report to the United Nations Security Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan described the downing of a UN helicopter in Abkhazia as "an outrage." He went on to question the feasibility of achieving a political solution to the Abkhazia question.

01 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 1 November (IRIN) - Reacting to his suspension of the inter-Congolese dialogue on 21 Oct, talks facilitator Ketumile Masire said he nevertheless remains optimistic for future negotiations, according to a recent interview with allAfrica.com.

01 Nov 2001 description
report Première Urgence

Après les attentats du 11 septembre dernier, l'Afghanistan est donc devenu en quelques semaines le centre douloureux du monde. =C0 leurs déjà trop nombreux maux, les Afghans voient s'ajouter une nouvelle guerre et son cortège attendu de morts, de blessés et de réfugiés "collatéraux".

01 Nov 2001 description
report UN Children's Fund


Highlights
The Afghan Ministry of Public Health has decided to implement a second round of polio immunizations between 6-8 November. UNICEF and WHO are providing supplies and logistical assistance, as part of which UNICEF has supplied approximately 5 million doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and 5 million Vitamin A capsules.

01 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 1 November (IRIN) - Christian Solidarity International (CSI), an NGO long at odds with the Sudanese government, on Wednesday cited civil authorities in the Aweil region of northern Bahr al-Ghazal in claiming that government-allied armed forces had killed 93 civilians and enslaved 85 women and children in a new offensive between 23 and 26 October.

01 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

TEHRAN, 1 November (IRIN) - Iranian officials confirmed to IRIN on Wednesday that the government had placed a ceiling on the number of Afghan refugees it would allow at the Mahkaki refugee camp, two kilometres inside Afghanistan. The move comes just days after the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that the number of new arrivals there had reached 7,800.

01 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

TEHRAN, 1 November (IRIN) - With no imminent end in sight to the war in Afghanistan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for talks with senior government officials and aid workers on the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. During his discussions, he urged the Iranian government to open its borders in the event of a possible influx.

01 Nov 2001 description
report UN Children's Fund


Islamabad, Thursday 1 November
Highlights

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health has decided to implement a second round of polio immunizations between 6-8 November. UNICEF and WHO are providing supplies and logistical assistance, as part of which UNICEF has supplied approximately 5 million doses of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) and 5 million Vitamin A capsules.

01 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

ISLAMABAD, 1 November (IRIN) - The health of refugees at a temporary staging camp in southwestern Pakistan and at a camp on Afghanistan's southern border is rapidly deteriorating, with reports of the presence there of severely sick and malnourished people, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Wednesday.

01 Nov 2001 description


AI Index: ASA 11/023/2001
Chapter 1: Human rights : the essential agenda

Human rights have been ignored by those in power and those seeking power in Afghanistan for far too long. Human rights abuses both current and past underscore the need to remedy this situation in any future peace process. Human rights should not just be on the political agenda for Afghanistan - human rights must become the agenda.