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18 Sep 2006 description
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Open Society Institute president Aryeh Neier and other senior members of the Soros foundations network sent a letter to members of the African Union's Peace and Security Council calling on them to urgently do the following:

- prioritize protection of civilians in Darfur;

- persuade the government of Sudan to accept an expanded, UN-sponsored peacekeeping force in Darfur;

- press countries that are supporting Khartoum in refusing to allow a UN force to deploy to change their stance;

- maintain an AU protection mission on the ground in Darfur until a UN peace force is allowed …

07 Jun 1999 description
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Clark Troy (CTroy@sorosny.org)
Meeting in Dushanbe on 6 June, UN and World Bank experts called for immediate measures to strengthen the insecure wall of a dam in the Pamirs Mountains, AP reported citing Interfax. Should the dam collapse, water from Lake Sarez could flood a 20,000 square mile area of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan inhabited by 5 million people. LF

30 Apr 1999 description
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Several of the national foundations and network programs in the Soros foundations network are responding to the war in Kosovo and the displacement of Kosovars. In Albania and Macedonia, the foundations are mobilizing existing resources and discretionary funds to undertake a range of important initiatives. Network programs, including the Forced Migration Projects, are working closely with the foundations in their specialized areas.

05 Nov 1998 description
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Citing security threats in Georgia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has revamped a meeting on the need for reform of taxation and registration laws concerning nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the Caucasus region. The meeting, originally slated to take place in mid-November in Tbilisi, has been shifted to December in the French city of Strasbourg, headquarters of the Council of Europe, which is one of the sponsors of the meeting, along with the Forced Migration Projects (FMP).

20 Oct 1998 description
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International aid officials based in the Central Asian state of Tajikistan are concerned that the withdrawal of the American embassy staff to neighboring Kazakhstan could weaken hard-won projects aimed at helping the battered nation build a new economy and government in the wake of civil war. Under the terms of a complex peace plan signed in 1997, thousands of troops must be demobilized and re-trained, while education, health care and the justice system require overhauls.

25 Sep 1998 description
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Donor governments have been positive in their response to a United Nations appeal to address the forced migration emergency in the separatist Yugoslav republic of Kosovo. The 1998 UN Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal for Humanitarian Assistance Related to the Crisis in Kosovo, issued in August, seeks a total of $54.3 million. As of September 21, $27.2 million -- or just over 50 percent of the appeal total -- had been received in either contributions or pledges.

25 Sep 1998 description
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A demonstration in Georgia staged by disgruntled Meskhetians underscored the need for implementation of a recently concluded framework document on solving issues related to human rights, repatriation and regularization of status. About 80 Meskhetians from Azerbaijan, the Russian Federation and Georgia staged a protest on September 17 in front of the State Chancellery in central Tbilisi, calling on Georgian authorities to rehabilitate the formerly deported people, and take steps to facilitate their return their homeland along Georgia's border with Turkey.

18 Sep 1998 description
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FM Alert, Vol. II, No. 37 - September 18, 1998

18 Sep 1998 description
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FM Alert, Vol. II, No. 37 - September 18, 1998

11 Sep 1998 description
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Paulette Layton (PLayton@sorosny.org)
Fri, 11 Sep 1998 11:37:04 -0400

11 Sep 1998 description
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Paulette Layton (PLayton@sorosny.org)
Fri, 11 Sep 1998 11:34:33 -0400

10 Jul 1998 description
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Forced Migration Alert
FM Alert, Vol. II, No. 27
July 10, 1998

05 Dec 1997 description
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amindel@sorosny.org
Fri, 05 Dec 97 15:30:17 EST

08 Nov 1997 description
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The OSCE is focusing on property rights dilemmas in Georgia, hoping to promote the return of ethnic Ossetians to the Transcaucasian republic. The OSCE aims to finalize a repatriation plan this month. It would cover primarily displaced Ossetians now in the Russian region of North Ossetia who have expressed a desire to return to Georgia proper, not the separatist region of South Ossetia.

17 Oct 1997 description
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Tajiks repatriating to their homeland from refugee camps in northern Afghanistan are encountering a housing shortage, and a lack of essential social services, a Forced Migration Projects (FMP) consultant in the Central Asian nation reports. Since July 17 -- the launch date of a repatriation program that is a central element to peace accords ending Tajikistan's five-year civil war -- about 5,600 Tajiks have returned from Afghanistan. Roughly 15,000 remain in Afghan refugee camps.

19 Sep 1997 description
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Famine conditions in North Korea are jeopardizing the lives of hundreds of thousands of the country's population, leading to a migration emergency. Regional governments have been hesitant to address the issue of famine-induced migration, and the lack of action threatens to compound the current crisis. Tens of thousands of North Koreans are crossing the border into China illegally as they widen their search for food, observers say.

19 Sep 1997 description
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A Forced Migration Projects consultant in the north-east Caucasus region reports that authorities in Chechnya are cracking down against local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with links to foreign assistance organizations. Local newspaper articles in the Chechen capital Grozny have attacked local NGOs for helping to spread "Western influence' in the separatist, Islamic region. Meanwhile, some local NGO leaders have been detained and interrogated about their activities by the Chechen Department for State Security.

11 Aug 1997 description
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Recent military developments in Afghanistan have prompted new waves of displacements. Thousands of Afghans have fled from Kabul into neighboring Pakistan, while Afghan refugees from Turkmenistan and Iran are returning to their homes in northern provinces of the country. In recent weeks, forces of the radical Islamic Taliban movement have been routed in the struggle for control of northern Afghanistan, and have been driven back to Kabul. Thousands have fled the renewed fighting near the Afghan capital, with many heading to refugee camps in Pakistan, observers say.

11 Aug 1997 description
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Human rights observers have expressed concern that the introduction of new Russian internal "passports" could be manipulated by officials to limit freedom of movement within Russia, especially that of refugees and displaced persons. The process of issuing new documents is scheduled to begin October 1. The documents are designed to replace old Soviet passports, but they will serve only as identification and not as travel documents.