(New York, November 29, 2000) Human Rights Watch today called for the immediate release of all civilian hostages in Colombia. In a letter (see below) to Manuel Marulanda, commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Human Rights Watch drew special attention to Henry A. Grosch-Garces, a Buenaventura man who is believed to be seriously ill.
Press Release WHO/74
Brussels, 29 November 2000, 13868/00 (Presse 460), P 183/00
By Claudius Davies
FONDATION HIRONDELLE - AGENCE DE PRESSE
HIRONDELLE A ARUSHA
NEWS DU 29 NOVEMBRE 2000
An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale rocked the Azerbaijan capital of Baku on Saturday night, killing 28 people and injuring more than 300, according to official reports. Thirty of the injured people are in a serious condition.
Lubango - The Angolan agriculture department in southern Huila province has ordered 450 tons of assorted seeds from South Africa for distribution to peasants this farming season, which has been underway September.
The top United Nations official in Kosovo has announced the establishment of a Joint Committee on Returns for the Ashkaljia/Roma people -- a displaced community that is currently afraid to go home because of poor security conditions.
NATO Press Release (2000)112
On 14 November 2000, the Government of Japan approved the allocation of U.S.$306,094 from its contribution to the United Nations Trust Fund for Sierra Leone in order to support reintegration/rehabilitation projects for ex-combatants, former child soldiers and war-affected women and children, to be carried out by the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). Through such projects, this funding is expected to promote reintegration of ex-combatants, former child soldiers and war-affected women and children, as well as further development of the peace process in Sierra Leone.
NAIROBI, 29 November (IRIN) - Although four more people have died from the deadly Ebola virus in the northern Ugandan district of Gulu, the epidemic has now been contained, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday.
Extract from the REPORT OF THE SECRETARIAT'S INFORMATION MISSION TO AZERBAIJAN.
Extract from REPORT OF THE SECRETARIAT'S INFORMATION MISSION TO ARMENIA*
Joins UN Agencies in Consolidated Appeals, Asking Donors to Fund Emergency Relief Efforts
JOHANNESBURG, 29 November (IRIN) - For the first time, there are signs that new HIV/AIDS infections may have stabilised in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa, UNAIDS said in its annual epidemic update released on Tuesday.
CONSOLIDATED INTER-AGENCY APPEAL FOR 2001 FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA
KEBRE DEHAR, Ethiopia, 29 November (IRIN) - Lying on a raffia mat on the floor, staring listlessly at a passing nurse, a young boy finds it too much effort to move his limbs, or his head. Only his huge sunken eyes move, slowly. "Tuberculosis I think," says the senior nurse, Abdullahi Bedel Teken.
Twenty US-based international humanitarian organizations on Nov. 27 expressed concern over the recent violent attacks against refugees along the West African border area separating Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia and called on US Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright to work with governments to increase security to allow "unhindered" assistance to refugees.