New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance and the Middle East

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:

Aid to Syria: Winning Friends and Influence (IRIN, Nov. 2012) [text]

Beyond the ‘French Doctors’: The Evolution and Interpretation of Humanitarian Action in France, HPG Working Paper (ODI, Oct. 2012) [text]

Cultures of Humanitarianism: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific, Keynotes, no. 11 (Australian National University, Sept. 2012) [text]

Humanitarian Policy Notes (Oxfam) [access]
– “A series of short papers on Oxfam’s positions on the important issues facing humanitarian response to conflicts and natural disasters.”

Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (Protection Cluster, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Aid to Syria: Winning Friends and Influence (IRIN, Nov. 2012) [text]

Desperate Choices: Conditions, Risks and Protection Failures Affecting Ethiopian Migrants in Yemen (DRC &Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, vol. 28, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]
– Special theme issue with 10 articles focusing on “Iraqi refugees” in Australia, Egypt, Europe, Indonesia, Jordan, Syria, and the U.S.

Syria Crisis: An Update on the Humanitarian Response, London, 31 Aug. 2012 [info]
Report for second roundtable.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Role of the European Union (Amnesty International, CCME & ECRE, Nov. 2012) [text]

Syrian Refugees: Who Will Tell Their Story? (Refugees International Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Libya: “We are foreigners, we have no rights”: The plight of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Libya
Amnesty International.

In a prevailing atmosphere of lawlessness and xenophobia, undocumented foreign nationals in Libya are at continuous risk of exploitation, arbitrary and indefinite detention in harsh conditions, as well as physical beatings. Even so, the EU seeks to prevent at any cost foreign nationals from reaching Europe, including those fleeing war and persecution. For now, foreign nationals have nowhere to turn to seek justice and redress. Urgent action is needed to end the indefinite detention, violence and other abuses suffered by foreign nationals in Libya.

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