World Humanitarian Day – August 19, 2012

WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY August 19, 2012   In December 2008, the sixty-third session of the UN General Assembly decided to designate 19 August as World Humanitarian Day. 19 August is the date on which a brutal terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 killed 22 people, including UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. World Humanitarian Day honours those, who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those, who continue to bring assistance and relief to … [Read more...]

Yemen’s Dangerous Hunger Crisis

Yemen’s Dangerous Hunger Crisis The embattled nation is struggling to find food and water while the world focuses on ending President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s violent campaign to keep power, writes Ellen Knickmeyer. In one of the cities at the center of Yemen’s revolution, tanks and soldiers of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’sloyalist forces occupy the main hospital, turning away the civilian sick and wounded, and using the hospital as a vantage point to shell residential neighborhoods at … [Read more...]

Iraq: Judicial Security Reforms-gender-related

      Iraq: Judicial security reforms take aim at gender-based violence   Feb 2011 Baghdad – As it fights to improve security in the country as a whole, the Government of Iraq is also advancing a series of gender-related rule-of-law programmes to enhance protections for women in particular, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Women in Iraq have not been afforded equal access to justice or protection by law enforcement agencies, so have stayed more … [Read more...]

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