New Publications on Development Aid; UK-US Extradition; PACE Migration Committee Report; Climate-Related Disasters; Riots in England; Bosnia; US Internal Migration

Economic Impact and Effectiveness of Development Aid

Economic Impact and Effectiveness of Development Aid

The Economic Impact and Effectiveness of Development Aid.  HL 278, Sixth Report of session 2010-12.
A new report by the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs.

‘The Economic Impact and Effectiveness of Development Aid (HL 278)’ examines the Government’s plans to increase official aid spending in real-terms by 37% in the four years to 2015. The report does not address humanitarian aid for relief of acute distress following conflict, famine, natural disasters or other emergencies, which is less than 10% of official aid spending.

[Further Details]
(Source: The Stationary Office]

The US-UK Extradition Treaty

The US-UK Extradition Treaty

The US-UK Extradition Treaty:  HC 644, Twentieth Report of Session 2010-12 – Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence.
A new report by the UK House of Commons Home Affairs Committee.

The report ‘The US-UK Extradition Treaty (HC 644)’ urges the Government to act immediately to deal with growing public unease about the fairness of the US-UK Extradition Treaty as highlighted by the cases of Gary McKinnon, Richard O’Dwyer and Christopher Tappin.

[Further Details]
(Source: The Stationary Office]

The report, “Lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea: who is responsible?”, was adopted this morning by the PACE Committee on Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons.  It will next be debated in a plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly, probably on 24 April.
[Access Full Report Here]
Further press coverage as follows:
Migrants At Sea Blog – PACE Migration Committee Approves Report on “Lives Lost in the Mediterranean” and Calls on NATO and Responsible States to Conduct Full Inquiries into the Failures to Rescue
Migrants at Sea Blog – PACE Migration Committee Report: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for States
Human Rights Watch – NATO: Clarify Response to Deaths at Sea
Council of Europe – ‘Lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea: who is responsible?’ – Draft report to be presented in Brussels
The Guardian – Migrants left to die after catalogue of failures, says report into boat tragedy ; How a migrant boat was left adrift on the Mediterranean; Drastic action needed to prevent more migrants dying in boat tragedies

Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.  A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Overseas Development Institute – Climate-related disasters and humanitarian relief)

After the Riots – the final report of the Riots Communities and Victims Panel.  The publication of the findings of the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel which was established to investigate the causes of the riots in London and other English cities during August 2011.  The conclusions of the document argue:

The riots last August shocked the nation. Up to 15,000 individuals actively participated,with countless more observing from close quarters.

The majority of rioters were under 24. Individuals had poor academic records and histories of criminality. We found that 70 per cent of those brought before the courts came from the 30 per cent most deprived areas.

These facts forced us all to consider – how did these individuals end up in the circumstances they found themselves in? What impact does this have on the communities they live in?

These questions prompted us to visit over 20 areas since September 2011 and undertake further work in six neighbourhoods since November 2011. We spoke in detail with communities and the public services that work for them. The neighbourhoods we visited are facing significant issues. These are areas of high crime and unemployment. Many feel their quality of life is poor. There are concerns around cohesion, with the majority feeling individuals do not treat each other with respect.
(Source: DocuBase – UK After the Riots)

(Download Full Report PDF; 5.1 MB) and the (Executive Summary and Recommendations (PDF; 2.9 MB)
Further UK Press Coverage:  The Independent – Help ‘forgotten families’, says riots report .
(Source: Riots, Communities and Victims Panels)

Old Crimes, Same Suffering: No justice for survivors of wartime rape in north-east Bosnia and Herzegovina,
A new report by Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Amnesty International – Still no justice for women survivors of wartime rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina).

2005-2009 American Community Survey County-to-County Migration Files.  By Heather Negley.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: : DocuBase)

 

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