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04 Jan 2005 description

Within the context of the Organization of the Islamic Conference's contribution to strengthening Palestinian democratic institutions and enabling the presidential elections in Palestine to succeed, the Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has decided to dispatch a delegation of OIC observers to monitor the progress of the presidential elections to be held next Sunday, 9 January 2005.

The OIC mission will be leaving Jeddah for the West Bank on Wednesday to help monitor the elections.

04 Jan 2005 description

In a series of letters, sent today, to the High Commissioner for Human Rights and to the Government of Luxembourg, in their capacity of President of the European Union, PCHR has called for immediate intervention to stop the further deterioration of the humanitarian crises at Rafah international crossing point.

03 Jan 2005 description

La Oficina en Colombia del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos rechaza y condena la muerte violenta de Antonio Díaz Niño y sus hijos Roby Arley, Ariel Antonio y Christian David Díaz Díaz, este =FAltimo menor de edad, en hechos ocurridos el día 2 de enero en la vereda El Viso del municipio de Maní, Casanare. Esta masacre ha sido atribuida por las autoridades a integrantes del Bloque Centauros de las Autodefensas Campesinas de Córdoba y Urabá (ACCU).

03 Jan 2005 description
report UN Children's Fund

ACEH, Indonesia, 3 January 2004 - Life-saving supplies provided by UNICEF are being distributed in order to help the children of Indonesia in coping with the devastation caused by last week's tsunamis. The monstrous tidal waves have left over 82,000 people dead and over 1,600 people missing.

03 Jan 2005 description

AHRC-PL-01-2005

(Hong Kong, January 3, 2005) A Sri Lankan forensic expert slammed the country's law enforcement authorities on Monday for disposing of a large number of tsunami victims' bodies without any documentation and barring local forensic pathologists from collecting information from the bodies for identification.

Clifford Perera, convener of the Ruhuna Medico Legal Association in Sri Lanka, criticised the law enforcement officers in the southern province for adopting "the greatest malpractice" "knowingly on orders of their superiors" in the …

03 Jan 2005 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 3 January 2005 - In response to last Sunday's catastrophic tsunami, UNICEF is seeking $81 million to support urgent humanitarian aid for the estimated 1.5 million affected children in South Asia, many of which have been orphaned or separated from their families and are in critical need of basic care and support.

03 Jan 2005 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation

The following is a summary of the scale of the disaster in Sri Lanka.

- Total deaths: 29,957
- Total displaced persons: 861,016
- Total injured: 16,665
- Total missing: 5,744
- Total completely damaged houses: 91,754

03 Jan 2005 description

Emergency assessments were conducted in Batticaloa, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Trincomalee1 Districts to determine the effects of the 26 December tsunami on landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination. These began immediately after the tsunami and are ongoing.

03 Jan 2005 description

In consultation with the National Steering Committee on Mine Action, technical assessments were conducted by UNDP, MAG, DDG, NPA, HDU (TRO), FSD, and the HALO Trust. These show that media reports of floating landmines contaminating Sri Lanka at random are incorrect. The tsunami did have some negative effects on the landmine situation in the coastal areas, primarily by destroying minefield marking and fencing in those areas and producing limited displacement of mines.

02 Jan 2005 description

La Oficina en Colombia del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos deplora y condena el asesinato de 17 personas -cuatro niños, ocho mujeres y cinco hombres-, perpetrado en Puerto San Salvador, jurisdicción de TAME (Arauca), en la noche del viernes 31 de diciembre de 2004, por un grupo de hombres armados que llevaban los rostros cubiertos. Las autoridades han atribuido este hecho atroz a miembros de las FARC-EP. Seg=FAn información de fuentes oficiales, el criminal acto deja también 7 personas heridas, entre las cuales hay menores de edad.

02 Jan 2005 description

A Press Conference was held at the Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) Swiss Head Office on 29.12.2004, presided by Dr. Rev. Emmanuel, Special Representative and Mr. K.P.Regi from Sri Lanka, Executive Director of Tamils Rehabilitation Organization. Mr Subramaniam Shan, President of Swiss TRO and Mr. Ponrajah Anton, Secretary of International Federation of Tamils also participated. Delegates from media Schweizerfernsehen (Swiss TV), Radio Pilatus, Neue Z=FCrcher Zeitung, Radio Sunshine, Swiss News Agent, Associated Press and more than 20 NGO's representative were present.

Dr.

02 Jan 2005 description

PCHR is gravely concerned at the escalation of attacks by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), and the impact of this on the preparations for holding the Palestinian presidential election on 9 January 2005. PCHR calls upon the international community to pressure Israel and its occupation forces to stop such attacks in order to create appropriate conditions to allow Palestinians to exercise their electoral right and freely choose a new president for the Palestinian National Authority.

01 Jan 2005 description


The International Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. The Federation is the world's largest humanitarian organization, and its millions of volunteers a re active in over 180 countries. All international assistance to support vulnerable communities seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, according to the SPHERE Project.

01 Jan 2005 description
report United Nations

Nearly three years after the end of Angola's long-running conflict, the humanitarian situation has stabilised to such an extent that organisations at work in the country have been able to shift their focus from urgent, life-saving interventions to longer-term development and transitional programmes for Angola's post-conflict reconstruction.

01 Jan 2005 description


The International Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. The Federation is the world's largest humanitarian organization, and its millions of volunteers are active in over 180 countries. All international assistance to support vulnerable communities seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, according to the SPHERE Project.

01 Jan 2005 description

David Smyth, FSD's programme manager in Tajikistan, sums up the year as follows:

"This has been an extremely busy and productive season with the completion of five training courses, importation of equipment for two Mine Action Teams (MAT - clearance), and one additional Emergency Response Team (ERT). Including the deployment and supervision of a total of five teams; totalling 85 operational personnel.

01 Jan 2005 description
report American Red Cross

WASHINGTON, Saturday, January 1, 2005

Overall operational information

Nine American Red Cross workers currently in or en-route to affected areas (Sri Lanka, Maldives, Indonesia and India) with expertise to support relief effort in three primary areas: water sanitation services, family linking and reunification, and relief supply distribution

On December 31st , the American Red Cross announced an initial $30 million in aid was on its way to the affected areas.

01 Jan 2005 description

This report discusses how gender ideologies might influence people's attitudes to small arms. It argues that gender shapes and constrains the behavior and attitudes of women and men, including creating differences in their approaches to and use of small arms. The document is divided into the following sections:

- Gender perspectives on small arms and light weapons collection programs
- Gender perspectives on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration
- Gender perspectives on small arms and light weapons in society
- Recommendations for policy strategy.