Monthly Archives: July 2013

New Resources: Human Total: a Violence Prevention Learning Resource

Please help spread the word about the just-released and unprecedented, Human Total: a Violence Prevention Learning Resource.  Human Total is the result of years of research, experience, consultation, field-testing, and revision.  Created by the organizations specializing in human rights education, life skills education, and alcohol policy listed below, with the help of experts from around the world, in these and other, key fields, the Learning Resource helps young people, their families and communities identify, rethink and prevent violence in their lives, as well as the discrimination that socializes many men and boys to commit it.

We successfully piloted Human Total with learners 10 to 21 years of age, who confront everything from ethnic conflict, forced displacement, gangs and child prostitution to famine-driven brutality, family violence and child labor.  We field-tested in formal and informal educational settings, at five rural, semi-urban, and urban sites in East Africa and Central America, where piloting partners recommended the Learning Resource for learners as old as 24.  Valuable feedback from learners, facilitators and parents helped us refine and produce Human Total and the workshop for first-time facilitators available at the links below.  A Spanish translation of both will be released by October 2013.

The life-changing, intergenerational benefits that learners, parents, and educators reported, as well as the speed with which these advances accrued, far surpassed our expectations.  Hoping to win parents’ acceptance of the learner empowerment inherent in the Human Total process, we were pleased to learn that they not only accepted this growth; many expressed a newfound perception of their own need to change and a desire to benefit from the Learning Resource directly. We expected to help participants recognize the many forms that violence takes, as well as learn their rights and safe ways to defend these rights. Yet, a number of pilot participants learned so quickly, and felt so empowered by the Human Total process, that they reported ongoing, serious human rights violations against them of which no one but the perpetrators in their immediate community had been aware. (Protective action was taken immediately.)

If you or a colleague of yours works on, or is interested in, violence prevention, the interface between culture and human rights, gender (discrimination), empowerment for social change, life skills, education, or corporate social responsibility, please share Human Total generously.  Do not hesitate to contact me or the sponsoring organizations — Human Rights Education Associates, Instituto Mexicano de Investigación de Familia y Población, and the International Center for Alcohol Policies — with your questions, feedback, or ideas for follow-up.

Human Total: A Violence Prevention Learning Resource http://www.hrea.org/index.php?doc_id=2153,http://icap.org/Publications/ViolencePreventionLearningResource/tabid/551/Default.aspx

Human Total Facilitators Workshop
http://icap.org/Publications/ViolencePreventionLearningResource/HumanTotalFacilitatorWorkshopUserNotes/tabid/553/Default.aspx

Courtney Mireille O’Connor, Esquire
International Jurist & Operations Policy Advisor

Educator praise for Human Total

“At first, when we started this program, the mental blocks we’d had since we were small were so elongated that understanding [human rights] and [their] relevance in our daily lives appeared impossible. Right now, we are all so empowered, thanks to [Human Total].  It has never been easier. I want to be a part of this program when it unfolds after the pilot. This is what [my country] and the world at large need: a simple approach to the elimination of violence!”

“One of the [Human Total participants] came to me and said, “I was going to get into a fight with boys from the neighboring school; but I remembered other children’s rights and decided it wasn’t ok.” Wow! I could not believe my ears. I envisaged [the Human Total] effect; but I had not seen [it] coming so soon.”

“In my country, we hear of human rights only through activists. I am glad to know they are not as mysterious as they are made to sound, and that they are actually an everyday thing.”

“This program offered a new approach to change my perception of human rights [to] something that is ideal and fundamental to every individual. It was personally very relevant.”

(See Learning Resource and Facilitators’ Workshop, for more feedback, including from participants and parents.)

 

Calls for papers: Special Issue, Refuge: Humanitarian Crises and Forced Displacement in Sudan and South Sudan (30.2)

Call For Papers: Special Issue: Humanitarian Crises and Forced Displacement in Sudan and South Sudan (30.2)
Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 30.2

Guest Editors: Yukari Ando, Amani El-Jack and James C. Simeon

This special issue of Refuge will examine and analyze the dynamics of forced displacement, especially gender, and explore the viability of a number of pragmatic solutions to the present humanitarian crises in Sudan and South Sudan. The appalling present circumstances in the two Sudans are based on a long history of protracted armed conflict following the independence of the Sudan from British rule on January 1, 1956. After the 2011 referendum and the creation of the new State of South Sudan, unresolved post-independence issues have led to escalating armed clashes between Sudan and South Sudan and increasing incidences of gender-based violence, particularly in the border regions in the Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile, White Nile and Sennar states. Large numbers of women, men and children have been forcibly displaced as a result of these clashes. Reputable human rights observers have reported that severe human rights violations and breaches have taken place in these two countries.

We invite submissions to address a range of questions such as:

. How do the complex inter-related environmental, economic, social, cultural and political factors impact on the present humanitarian crises that are producing large numbers of forcibly displaced persons? And, how does this conflict-induced displacement impact on power relations along gender, ethnic, religious, language, cultural lines, and with geographic location?
. How does the nature of these humanitarian crises impact on the humanitarian organizations that are trying to provide protection and the necessities of life to  the women, men and children who are internally displaced or seeking asylum in bordering countries?
. What are the best strategies for ending armed conflict in the two Sudans?
. Given the environmental and gendered impacts of the protracted instability and human insecurity, what are the most promising ways forward for building sustainable peace, communities and livelihoods?
o What are the most effective capacity building and enhancing measures that ought to be undertaken to strengthen and to develop further public sector institutions to ensure effective and efficient service delivery for those most in need?
o What have been the impacts of and challenges to the implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for South Sudan?
Successful submissions may come from a wide range of disciplines and conceptual and theoretical backgrounds. They may also consider and explore viable pragmatic solutions over the medium- and long-term.

Contributions may be submitted either in English or French and will be published in the language of submission. They should generally not exceed 7500 words, or 30 double-spaced pages, and must be typed and submitted in electronic form. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review process by independent experts. Refuge adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style for social science papers and to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation for papers in the legal discipline (see style guide for details). Papers must be prepared with full citation endnotes rather than with a bibliography. Papers should include an abstract of approximately 100-150 words, highlighting the central arguments and/or findings of the paper. Papers should also include 1-2 sentences indicating institutional affiliation. Comme indiqué ci-dessus, nous publions également des articles en français. Le format doit être conforme aux normes exigées pour les articles rédigés en anglais.

Submission Deadline: October 1st, 2013
For further information, please contact: Christina Clark-Kazak, Editor-in-Chief, or Nausheen Quayyum, Managing Editor of Refuge, c/o Centre for Refugee Studies, 8th Floor, Kaneff Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto (Ontario), Canada M3J 1P3
refuge@yorku.ca, http://www.yorku.ca/refuge.

Information about the IASFM can be found at http://www.iasfm.org

 

Refugee Council Archive: Off Air Recording Requests: WB 20/07/2013

The following off-air recordings have been requested for the Refugee Council Archive for the Week beginning 20/07/2013:

Saturday 20 July

0530-0600: BBC News: Our World:   20/07/2013 Series Recording.

1915-1920: Channel 4: (12/32) Ramadan Diaries Series Recording.

Sunday 23 July

1830-1930: BBC2: Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve.  Part 4: Oman to the Maldives). Series Recording.

1955-2000: Channel 4: (13/32) Ramadan Diaries Series Recording.

Monday 21 July

1900-2000: BBC2: Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve.  Part 5: Sri Lanka to Bangladesh). Series Recording.

1955-2000: Channel 4: (14/32) Ramadan Diaries Series Recording.

2000-2030: Channel 4: Dispatches – Taliban Child Fighters.

2030-2100: BBC1: Panorama – Jungle Outlaws: The Chainsaw Trail.

Tuesday 22 July

1955-2000: Channel 4: (15/32) Ramadan Diaries Series Recording.

2100-2200: Channel 4: (1/2) Why Don’t You Speak English? Whole Series Please.

Wednesday 23 July

1955-2000: Channel 4: (16/32) Ramadan Diaries Series Recording.

Thursday 24 July

1955-2000: Channel 4: (17/32) Ramadan Diaries Series Recording.

Friday 25 July

1955-2000: Channel 4: (18/32) Ramadan Diaries Series Recording.

 

New Reports and Publications

Global Humanitarian Assistance report 2013.
A new report by Development Initiatives.

Geneva: The Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) report 2013, released today by Development Initiatives at the UN’s ECOSOC meeting, highlights the absence of any ‘mega-disasters’ [1] in 2012 but reveals the perpetual vulnerability of the poorest people in developing countries and their persistent exposure to crises.

The GHA report, the most comprehensive annual review of humanitarian financing, highlights the shocking death toll of the hunger crisis in Somalia, with 257,000 people (or 4.6% of the population) estimated to have died between 2010 and 2012.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

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Disasters and diversity: a study of humanitarian financing for older people and children under five.
By HelpAge International.
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Mid-Year Review of the Consolidated Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory 2013.
A new report by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
[Download Full Report]

An Overview of Global Humanitarian Action at Mid-Year 2013.
A new report by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Global humanitarian action at mid-2013 has entered uncharted territory in terms of the number of people needing help and resources still to be secured, mainly because of the Syria crisis. The Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan aims to help 6.8 million people inside Syria in 2013, and the Syria Regional Response Plan for refugees and affected host communities intends to help another 5.3 million people.

Their combined resource requirements have added $4.4 billion to the amount needed for humanitarian action in major crises this year, which now totals an unprecedented $12.9 billion to help 73 million people.
Funding response has been impressive, especially considering the continuing climate of slow economic growth – $5.1 billion to date (the largest total ever recorded at mid-year). However this is fast approaching the fullyear amount that donors directed to appeals for major crises in 2011 and 2012.

[Download Full Report]

DFID’s Health Programmes in Burma.
A new report by Independent Commission for Aid Impact
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Syrian crisis in its third year – Field report, May 2011 – June 2013.
A new report by IHH.

This report deals with the humanitarian aspects of the ongoing crisis in Syria that broke out in March 2011 and the relief efforts undertaken by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation in the region. The number of people affected by the crisis progressively rising and the violent events taking place continuing to inflict irreparable damage both on society and the lives of individuals makes it vital to increase efforts in order to rapidly solve the problem.

This report has been prepared with the hope of contributing to the efforts for healing of the Syrian people affected by the crisis and urging all national and international mechanisms for a rapid settlement to the crisis.
(Source – ReliefWeb).

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Burma – freedom of expression in transition.
A new report by International Freedom of Expression Exchange.
[Download Full Report]

Abuja +12: Shaping the future of health in Africa.
A new report by  African Union, UNAIDS.
[Download Full Report]

Passport to Mainstreaming Gender in Water Programmes: Key questions for interventions in the agricultural sector
A new report by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Securing water is critical to achieve food security and improve rural livelihoods, especially for the women and men living in arid and semi-arid areas. But accessing this scarce resource can be difficult for those engaged in rural agriculture, women in particular.

Despite female farmers’ knowledge of crop production, local biodiversity, soils and local water resources, they are frequently not perceived as farmers by planners, engineers, extension staff and policy makers and thus tend to be excluded from making decisions about new agricultural water management systems. Yet, when women have the same decision-making power as men in irrigation, rainwater harvesting, flood control and watershed management, agricultural production can be greatly enhanced.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

[Download Full Report]

Under pressure: the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on host communities in Lebanon.
A new report by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.[Download Full Report]

Re-blog: Home Affairs Select Committee: Immigration casework backlog hits half million | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)

The Home Affairs Select Comiittee published its latest report on the management of immigration control by the Home Office yesterday.

It’s headline findings are:

The Borders Agency continues to be plagued by backlogs: Since its last report a further backlog of 190,000 cases in the temporary and permanent migration pool that were never revealed to the Committee before. The total figure for the number of cases in the backlog has reached over half a million (502,462).

The recent exercise in rebranding the Border Agency is an insufficient measure: Ministers need to explain how the long-standing problems of immigration controol will not contine in the new structure. A shift in culture the new organisational structure and management must be complemented by the ability for a wholesale restructuring of the employees of the organisation. The newly appointed Directors General must have the ability and resources necessary to implement this change. The Home Office should outline exactly how they propose to bring about this change in culture.

The immigration system will ‘never be fixed’: Border Agency acting director Sarah Rapson had stated to the committee that she thought the Immigration Service would never be fixed. This is surprising coming from the person appointed to fix the system.

The Chair of the Committee, he Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP commented on the launch of the report:

“The backlog of cases has now hit a staggering half a million people. This could fill Wembley Stadium to capacity six times over. It has risen by 56% in just three months. At the current rate it will take 37 years to clear and the Home Office cannot confirm that this is the last of the backlogs.

Theresa May described the UK Border Agency as ‘closed, secretive and defensive’, however, despite abolition nothing appears to have changed apart from the name. If people at the top are not replaced this will only be an exercise in rebranding as has happened in previous reincarnations. There should be no more bonuses paid to any senior management at the Home Office until the backlogs are cleared.

In evidence the Committee were told the immigration service would never be fixed. This is astonishing since reducing immigration is a priority of this Government. What the immigration service needs desperately is stability, the resources necessary to clear the backlogs and a wholesale change in culture.”

Click HERE to access the full report.

Original article via Home Affairs Select Committee: Immigration casework backlog hits half million | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN).

Moving beyond the report + media coverage communications model (or why Prospect’s ‘Publication of the Year’ award should be ‘Research Communications Project of the Year’)

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The Winner of the International Publication of The Year at the Prospect Awards this year was ‘Press Freedom in Turkey’, bythe Carnegie Foundation. This 36-page publication, accompanied by a 1 page brief, was deemed by the panel at Prospect to be the best in show.

I don’t know why they made the decision, as they haven’t published their reasoning (shouldn’t we be pushing for some transparency here?). Prospect’s reasoning for the award was published on the same day as this blog. I’m sure it is a great report, with brilliant research, that received media coverage to be proud of.  But I think we can guess it did not get an award because it has been the most successful publication this year in terms of getting its key recommendations enacted. It said Turkey should:

  • End a dispute over the number of imprisoned journalists.
  • Move ahead with a…

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Why is Child Labour Still Thriving in The 21st Century?

ICMHD's Blog

Afghan Child

It`s easy to think that in this day and age Child Labour should have been successfully eradicated by now. The information is out there, MNCs are actively engaged, and NGOs like the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have made this a Global Advocacy and Policy priority. Yet despite all these actors and stakeholders this issue has not only failed to be resolved but continues to persist. Shockingly enough, experts speculate that rates of child labour in Africa will be increasing in the years to come if we do not focus on adequately addressing this transnational issue.

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Typically child labour is defined as hazardous work that might deprive children of their potential, their education, or anything that affects their physical and mental well-being. The worst forms of child labor are often associated with coercive elements, human trafficking violations and slavery practices.

The Scope of the Problem

Child Labour

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New Thematic Publications on Resettlement; Children; and Statelessness

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:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Thematic Publications on Resettlement

The Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) took place in Geneva from 1-3 July 2013. Held annually since 1995, “[t]he consultations have become an important vehicle for UNHCR’s cooperation with governments and NGOs and a mechanism to enhance partnership. They offer a forum to review progress on resettlement issues during the year, but more importantly, to re-focus and shape a joint strategy on resettlement.”  Here is the agenda.  Various operational guidance notes and assessment tools are also available.  This newsletter shares resettlement stories and notable developments; see also ICMC’s update.  Finally, here are UNHCR’s projected global resettlement needs for 2014.

Other publications:

CCR Responds to Government Announcement on Resettlement of Syrian Refugees (Canadian Council for Refugees, July 2013) [text]

The Integration of Resettled Refugees: Essentials for Establishing a Resettlement Programme and Fundamentals for Sustainable Resettlement Programmes (UNHCR, 2013) [text]

“Know Reset Project Maps Diverging Resettlement Practices and Legal Frameworks across Europe,” ECRE Weekly Bulletin (12 July 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Children

“Alone and Unrepresented: A Call to Congress to Provide Counsel for Unaccompanied Minors,” Harvard Journal on Legislation, vol. 50, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

Cash and Child Protection: How Cash Transfer Programming Can Protect Children from Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation and Violence (Save the Children, Sept. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Humanitarian Action for Children 2013 (UNICEF, July 2013) [access via UN Pulse]

L’enfant dans l’asile: prise en considération de sa vulnérabilité et de son intérêt supérieur (CBAR, June 2013) [text via Refworld]

Workshop Report – The Deportation of Unaccompanied Minors from the EU: Family Tracing and Government Accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) Project, Oxford, 3 May 2013 [text]

New Thematic Publications on Statelessness

Compilation of Recommendations relating to Statelessness in Outcome Documents from the 1st Cycle (1st-12th sessions) of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

Compilation of Recommendations relating to Statelessness during the Second Cycle (13th – 16th sessions) of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

Legally Invisible, Fighting for Health Care (ENS Blog, July 2013) [text]

“Stateless in Shangri-La: Minority Rights, Citizenship, and Belonging in Bhutan,” Stanford Journal of International Law, vol. 48, no. 2 (Summer2012) [text via SSRN]

UNHCR’s Verdict on Statelessness Activities over Last Two Years: “Unprecedented” (Statelessness Programme Blog, July 2013) [text]

 

New Regional Publications on MENA; Europe; and the Americas

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:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Regional Publications on MENA

“Discrimination Awaits Palestinians Fleeing the Syrian Conflict,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 39 (July 2013) [full-text]

Israel: New Pressure on Asylum Seekers to Leave (HRW, July 2013) [text]

Libya Country Report (Asylum Research Consultancy, July 2013) [text via Refworld]

Libya: Displaced People from Tawergha Barred from Return (HRW, June 2013) [text]

“Syrian Refugees: Living in Limbo,” The Economist, 15 July 2013 [text]

Under Pressure: The Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Host Communities in Lebanon (World Vision, July 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Regional Publications on Europe

Regional Focus: Europe

“ECtHR Blocks Pushback of Somali Migrants from Malta to Libya Following Outcry from Civil Society,” ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 12 July 2013 [text]
– See also joint NGO press release.

“Ensuring Protection in Europe”: UNHCR’s Recommendations to Lithuania for the EU Presidency, July-December 2013 (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

“The EU Asylum, Immigration and Border Control Regimes: Including and Excluding the ‘Deserving Migrant’,” European Journal of Social Security, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

Some 8,400 Migrants, Asylum-seekers Reach Italy and Malta by Sea in First Half of 2013 (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

Srebrenica’s Legacy: How the Lessons of the Balkans Animate Humanitarianism Today (U.S. Dept. of State, July 2013) [text]

New Regional Publications on The Americas

Caribbean Regional Conference on the Protection of Vulnerable Persons in Mixed Migration Flows: Promoting Cooperation and Identification of Good Practices,  Nassau, The Bahamas, 22-23 May 2013 [summary report]
– See also a summary of the conference conclusions.

Internal Displacement, Place Attachment and Post-conflict Trauma in Sucre, Colombia, Bachelor Thesis (Lund University, 2013) [text]

Refugee Status Determination in Canada and the Path to Radical Reform (SSRN, June 2013) [text]

Revisiting Haiti’s Gangs and Organized Violence (HASOW, June 2013) [text]

 

 

Re-blog: Fictions of dignity: embodying human rights in world literature.

Re-blog from Librarians and Human Rights blog at: hrlibs.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/fictions-of-dignity-embodying-human.html

Fictions of dignity: embodying human rights in world literature.

Fictions of DignityAnker, Elizabeth S. 2012. Fictions of dignity: embodying human rights in world literature. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Over the past fifty years, debates about human rights have assumed an increasingly prominent place in postcolonial literature and theory. Writers from Salman Rushdie to Nawal El Saadawi have used the novel to explore both the possibilities and challenges of enacting and protecting human rights, particularly in the Global South. In Fictions of Dignity, Elizabeth S. Anker shows how the dual enabling fictions of human dignity and bodily integrity contribute to an anxiety about the body that helps to explain many of the contemporary and historical failures of human rights, revealing why and how lives are excluded from human rights protections along the lines of race, gender, class, disability, and species membership. In the process, Anker examines the vital work performed by a particular kind of narrative imagination in fostering respect for human rights. Drawing on phenomenology, Anker suggests how an embodied politics of reading might restore a vital fleshiness to the overly abstract, decorporealized subject of liberal rights.

Each of the novels Anker examines approaches human rights in terms of limits and paradoxes. Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children addresses the obstacles to incorporating rights into a formerly colonized nation’s legal culture. El Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero takes up controversies over women’s freedoms in Islamic society. In Disgrace, J. M. Coetzee considers the disappointments of post-apartheid reconciliation in South Africa. And in The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy confronts an array of human rights abuses widespread in contemporary India. Each of these literary case studies further demonstrates the relevance of embodiment to both comprehending and redressing the failures of human rights, even while those narratives refuse simplistic ideals or solutions.

Re-blog: OCHA Annual Report 2012

From ReliefWeb – reliefweb.int/report/world/ocha-annual-report-2012

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the part of the United Nations responsible for bringing together humanitarian organizations and Governments to ensure a rapid and coherent response to disasters and emergencies around the world.

In 2012, OCHA coordinated US$8.78 billion of humanitarian programming, assisting 54 million people affected by the world’s worst crises. Our share of that work cost $246.5 million.

We have more than 2,000 staff working in over 50 country, regional and headquarters locations. Our staff come from almost 100 countries, bringing local knowledge and commitment to humanitarian response efforts. They help national and international partners work better together during emergencies so that aid reaches the people who need it most. Their work helps to save lives by ensuring that the most vulnerable and needy are helped by reducing duplication and focusing efforts. In any crisis, making sure that everyone has a shared understanding of the problem and what needs to be done is crucial.

This report explains how OCHA spent its money, and the impact of its work in the three main pillars of OCHA’s Strategic Framework for 2010-2013.

Chapter one is about building a more effective humanitarian coordination system. It details OCHA’s efforts to strengthen humanitarian action in the field—the frontline of our operations.

Chapter two focuses on creating a more enabling environment for humanitarian action. It describes OCHA’s efforts to build a more inclusive humanitarian community with broader and deeper national, regional and international partnerships.

Chapter three details OCHA’s efforts to become a more robustly managed and accountable organization, able to adapt to shifting operational demands.

The report concludes with details of OCHA’s budget and staffing.

For more information about field-level and headquarters performance (including individual country and regional office reporting), and funding and financial analysis, please visit:

www.unocha.org/annualreport/2012

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Re-blog: UNHCR’s verdict on statelessness activities over last two years: “unprecedented”

Re-blog taken from the Statelessness program Weblog at Tilburg University.  Read the full blog posting available here.

Every other year, UNHCR produces a report summarising the progress made in addressing statelessness. It discusses important international trends and developments, as well as UNHCR’s own activities and achievements. In other words, it’s a very nice little snapshot of what has been happening and this time around there is more to report than ever before. UNHCR’s overall verdict on the current interest and momentum in addressing statelessness…? “Unprecedented”. Here are some of the most interesting highlights from the report:

Read the full blog posting available here.

 

From the Refugee Council: Asylum seekers access to healthcare – download our new leaflet

The full news story is available here: www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/latest/blogs/3662_asylum_seekers_access_to_healthcare_-_download_our_new_leaflet

We’ve published some useful new leaflets that explain asylum seekers’ rights and entitlements to NHS and heath treatments in the UK.

Asylum seekers have long had difficulties in accessing the healthcare they are entitled to. We’re worried that the government’s rhetoric around ‘health tourism’ is going to make it even more difficult for our clients. We hope that these new leaflets, produced by our Health Befriending Network will help clear up any misunderstandings.

You can download the leaflets for free in several languages here.

Re-blog from the EASO Monitor: Interesting and useful reading

Link to full blog posting:-  easomonitor.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/interesting-and-useful-reading.html

 We’ve gathered information on a number of documents that you might want to read.
· The European Commission ‘4th Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum (2012)’ – COM(2013) 422 final, 17.6.2013 – and the ‘Commission Staff Working Document’ complementing it – SWD(2013) 210 final, 17.06.2013.
As would be expected, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) is mentioned a few times along the Report – see section IV.2.1., on “[a] fully functioning” EASO, section IV.2.2. on “Asylum Support to Greece”, section IV.2.3. on “Protection for those fleeing from Syria” and IV.2.4. concerning intra-EU relocation, pp. 11 to 13.
Read also the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) Weekly Bulletin of 21 June highlighting the 10% increase in the number of asylum applications, the number of unaccompanied children seeking protection and the financial support provided to Greece. The Bulletin can be found here.
· ‘Asylum in the EU’ is a Commission’s info-graphics document. Similarly to last year, we would like to underline that there are no real news in this document, but it can reveal itself to be useful, as it provides statistics for 2012 in a reader friendly way.
Asylum in the EU‘, p. 3
· The new workshop report of the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), entitled ‘Using Legal Strategies to Enforce Undocumented Migrants’ Human Rights’.
The report includes several expert insights. In one of them (p. 16) EASO is mentioned.

Sergio Carrera (Centre for European Policy Studies) is the expert of ‘The Accountability Gap’ insight, where he mentions:

For instance, irregular migrants who attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea may encounter a number of national, European and international agencies patrolling the waters. However, this multi-actor framework means it is far from clear who is doing what. Who is controlling? Who is surveying? Is it Frontex(…), is it NATO(…) or EASO(…)?” (our underline).

New Reports and Publications – 15 July 2013

Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire.
Published June 2013 by Berghahn Books and edited by Josep M. Fradera and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara.

Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire, published June 2013, offers a wide-ranging view of the Spanish slave trade, from Caribbean trafficking to Spanish antislavery protests. Editors Josep M. Fradera and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara speak to the trials and rewards of editing the collection of work, their influences, and a prediction of what will be the future important studies in the field. – See more at: http://berghahnbooks.com/blog/writing-the-wrongs-of-the-atlantic-slave-trade#sthash.5LJvGW8N.dpuf

[Further Details]
See also – Writing the Wrongs of the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Home Affairs Committee – Fourth Report
The work of the UK Border Agency (October-December 2012).
Report by the UK Parliament Home Affairs Commitee.
[Access]
See also – The Daily Telegraph: Immigration backlog tops 500,000 and will take 37 years to clear, warn MPs.

From pillar to post: pan-European racism and the Roma documents a growing tide of hostility against Europe’s Romani communities.
Institute for Race Relations Briefing Paper no.7.
[Download Briefing Paper]
Read the press release here.
An online archive of all the previous IRR briefing papers can be found here.

Attacks on Education: The impact of conflict and grave violations on children’s futures.
A new report by Save the Children.

On July 12, 2013, youth delegates from around the globe will meet at the United Nations in New York City to fight for a quality education for all children, even those living in areas of war and conflict. They will be joined by children like Malala, a Pakistani school girl and education activist whose only ‘crime’ was a desire to learn when she was shot and gravely wounded by armed men on her way back from school.
Source: ReliefWeb.

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The Arab Spring and Economic Transition: Two Years on
Source: Foreign & Commonwealth Office via Inside Government (UK).
[Download Full Report]

Mid-Year Review of the Consolidated Appeal for Burkina Faso 2013.
By the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
[Download Full Report]

Migrant Assistance Division Annual Review 2012 (At a Glance).
A new report by the International Organization for Migration.

As the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration, IOM is increasingly called upon by its Member States to examine and respond to complex migration situations, including mixed migration flows, to ensure the protection, dignity and well-being of all migrants, taking into account different needs and characteristics as well as specific categories of migrants.
Source – ReliefWeb.

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Gender and Livelihoods among Internally Displaced Persons in Mindanao, Philippines.
A new report by the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement.
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