The News from International Protection ©
Week: September 26th- October 3rd 2008
The weekly listing of important stories in the fields of peace, human rights, development, and humanitarian affairs.
You find here fifteen issues you should know about:
1) Iraq's presidency approves elections law
Iraq's presidential council has ratified a law that paves the way for the first provincial elections in four years.
Source: Associated Press/ Yahoo News http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081003/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iraq;_ylt=ArDq4COTcg81w0jC1._cZJZvaA8F
A car bomb has killed seven Russian peacekeepers and wounded three others, raising tensions in the separatist enclave days before a scheduled pullback of Russian troops from Georgian territory.
Source: New York Times
A U.S. missile strike in a Pakistani tribal region known as a haven for Taliban and al Qaeda fighters killed up to 21 people, including 16 foreigners.
4) Deadly explosion rocks Lebanese city
A blast targeting a bus carrying Lebanese soldiers went off near an entrance to the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Monday, killing four soldiers, authorities said.
5) Somalia: The world's most utterly failed state
The spread of piracy just draws attention to the growing chaos on Somalia’s land
6) Sri Lanka fighting kills 42, food reaches war zone
The first food aid to the war zone in weeks arrived after intense combat the army said had killed 42.
7) Feeding the killers: Uganda aid row begs tough questions
Uganda's government is accusing aid agency Caritas of supplying Lord's Resistance Army rebels with food, thereby helping prolong the country's 20-year insurgency
8) Sudan: Darfur rebels deny signing peace agreement
Some members of the rebel faction that recently fought government troops in North Darfur have signed a peace agreement with the state, but the accord is insignificant because none of the signatories has any clout, analysts said.
Source: Reliefweb/UN OCHA
9) Eritrea: Food shortages feared as rains fail
A combination of poor rains, decreased food production and the knock-on effects of increased global prices would adversely affect vulnerable groups in Eritrea this year
Source: Reliefweb/ UN OCHA
10) NEPAL: Food insecurity intensifies in the wake of floods
Nepal’s precarious food security situation is being tested after heavy flooding over the past two months in both the east and west of the country left almost 250,000 people displaced.
11) IRAQ: Number of cholera cases nearly doubles
The Iraqi Health Ministry and the World Health Organization have blamed the country's rundown water and sanitation infrastructure for the outbreak
12) Murder of Mexican journalist sparks outrage from UNESCO head
The head of the agency mandated to defend press freedom today condemned the shooting of Alejandro Xenón Fonseca Estrada, a Mexican radio journalist and activist who campaigned against organized crime.
Source: UN News Centre
13) UN human rights chief spotlights plight of millions of detainees worldwide
The top United Nations human rights official today called for increased attention to the plight of those worldwide – including some one million children – who are deprived of their liberty and are being held in prisons and other places of detention, often illegally.
Source: UN News
14) On International Day, Ban urges greater efforts to ensure rights of older persons
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for ensuring the dignity and well-being of older persons
Source: UN News
15) Zimbabwe's Ruling Party Claims Progress in Cabinet Negotiations
South Africa's new government has asked former president Thabo Mbeki on Thursday to continue as the region's mediator in Zimbabwe's political crisis
Source: Voice of America
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