• Colombia: las mujeres desplazadas exigen que se respeten sus derechos 11/16/2009
    Las mujeres y niñas colombianas desplazadas son las estoicas sobrevivientes del conflicto que persiste en el país. Frustradas por la desidia de las autoridades, las organizaciones de mujeres desplazadas presentaron múltiples peticiones a la Corte Constitucional, que ordenó al Gobierno de Colombia que llevara ante la justicia a los perpetradores de actos de violencia sexual y que formulara programas para proteger a las mujeres desplazadas y atender sus necesidades socioeconómicas. Es hora de que el Gobierno de Colombia dé prioridad al cumplimiento de las órdenes judiciales. El Gobierno de Estados Unidos debería aprovechar la oportunidad que le ofrece su estrecha relación con el Gobierno de Colombia para impulsar enérgicamente el pleno cumplimiento de la orden y proporcionar ayuda y recursos con el propósito de facilitar esa tarea.      
  • RDC : Les Activites Ameliorees de Protection des Civils ont Besoin D'etre Soutenues 11/13/2009
    La sécurité en République Démocratique du Congo s’est considérablement détériorée à la suite de l’offensive militaire contre les FDLR, groupe rebelle composé d’anciens génocidaires Rwandais. Cette opération militaire a fait fuir des centaines de milliers de personnes dans les provinces du Nord et Sud Kivu. Face à cette situation, le mandat de la mission onusienne de maintien de la paix en RD Congo (MONUC) est de soutenir les forces armées Congolaises (FARDC), faibles et souvent criminelles, tout en protégeant les civils de la violence environnante. Les dirigeants de la MONUC et le Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU doivent renforcer les stratégies de protection de la mission, et s’assurer de l’application rigoureuse des critères concernant les droits de l’homme afin que le soutien aux FARDC ne compromette pas le travail de protection des civils.
  • DR Congo: Improved Civilian Protection Activities Still Need Support 11/13/2009
    The security environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo has worsened dramatically with the launch of a military offensive against the FDLR rebel group. In the face of this conflict, the UN peacekeeping mission to the Congo (MONUC) has been mandated to support the weak and often criminal Congolese military, the FARDC, while simultaneously protecting civilians from ongoing violence.  MONUC mission leadership and the UN Security Council must reinforce the mission’s protection strategies, and ensure the rigorous application of human rights criteria to ensure that support given to the FARDC does not undermine overarching protection objectives.  
  • Pakistan: Protect People First 10/26/2009
    Pakistan is facing a complex humanitarian crisis. Recent military offensives against militant groups have displaced several million civilians and left thousands dead. While many have returned home, the new offensive in South Waziristan is currently displacing hundreds of thousands more. The UN’s activities are limited by both the insecure environment and restrictions by the government of Pakistan, but it must do a better job at adopting a principled approach to humanitarian assistance. As for the U.S., if it wants to help stabilize Pakistan, it needs to insist that the government prioritize the protection of civilians.
  • DR Congo: Protect Civilians & End Military Operations 09/15/2009
    The unexpected political cooperation between the governments of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda in 2009 led to optimistic assessments that the long-running conflict in eastern DRC would soon end. But nine months after the Congolese military launched operations against the FDLR rebel group in North and South Kivu provinces, there have been few signs of success and civilians continue to pay a horrible price.
  • RD Congo: Protéger les civils et mettre fin aux opérations militaires 09/14/2009
    La surprenante coopération politique entre les gouvernements de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) et du Rwanda en 2009 a laissé envisager un dénouement proche du long conflit dans l'est de la RDC. Or, neuf mois après le lancement des opérations contre le groupe rebelle FDLR par l'armée congolaise dans les provinces du Nord et Sud Kivu, les signes de réussite sont rares et la population civile continue de payer un prix très lourd.
  • Afghanistan: Open Eyes to Humanitarian Needs 07/20/2009
    Despite the investments made in Afghanistan in the last eight years, the country is still facing a serious humanitarian situation, the result of both natural disasters and ongoing conflict. The UN and donors must increase budgets for humanitarian assistance and support the recently re-established UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
  • Iraqi Refugees: Women’s Rights and Security Critical to Returns 07/15/2009
    The Iraqi refugee crisis is far from over and recent violence is creating further displacement. Iraqi women will resist returning home, even if conditions improve in Iraq, if there is no focus on securing their rights as women and assuring their personal security and their families’ well being.
  • Iraqi Refugees: Women’s Rights and Security Critical to Returns 07/15/2009
    Iraqi women will resist returning home, even if conditions improve in Iraq, if there is no focus on securing their rights as women and assuring their personal security and their families’ well being. 
  • Colombia: Crisis Bubbling Over 07/07/2009
    The impact of Colombia’s internal armed conflict on Ecuador and Venezuela is destabilizing border regions while thousands of Colombians continue to flee their country in search of sanctuary.
  • Colombia: El Desbordamiento del Conflicto 07/07/2009
    El impacto del conflicto armado interno de Colombia en Ecuador y Venezuela está desestabilizando las regiones fronterizas, al mismo tiempo que miles de colombianos continúan huyendo de su país en busca de refugio.
  • Pakistan: Invisible People, Visible Consequences 06/24/2009
    Pakistan is witnessing the largest population movement since its independence in 1947. Needs are enormous, as millions of people have fled without anything and sought shelter in camps or with relatives. Yet, the implications of this humanitarian crisis and growing instability have not been adequately recognized
  • Iraq: Preventing the Point of No Return 04/09/2009
    The number of displaced Iraqis remains high, both inside the country and in neighboring ones. They remain reluctant to go back due to lack of security, the creation of ethnically cleansed neighborhoods, and poor government services.
  • Somalia: Political Progress, Humanitarian Stalemate 04/03/2009
    Somalia remains the site of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with regional consequences that require greater international attention. The formation of a new government has so far meant little to the more than three million Somalis in need of emergency assistance inside the country.
  • South Sudan: Urgent Action Needed To Avert Collapse 03/26/2009

    International engagement is urgently needed to rescue south Sudan from the brink of an unfolding crisis. The perilous situation is being ignored amid the focus on the indictment of President Al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court.

  • Burma: Capitalizing on the Gains 03/18/2009
    In the past year, humanitarian assistance to Burma has been primarily focused on victims of Cyclone Nargis, which struck the Irrawaddy delta on May 2, 2008.  Though the initial delivery of assistance was hampered by government obstruction, the aid programs that have since developed in the delta have benefited from an ease of operations unseen in other parts of the country. 
  • DR Congo: Adapt Strategies to Assist Vulnerable People 03/04/2009

    With the recent shift in the security situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) must quickly reorient their strategies to assist and protect vulnerable people.

  • RD Congo: adapter les stratégies d’aide aux populations vulnérables 03/04/2009

    Il est urgent que les agences des Nations Unies et les organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) remodèlent leurs stratégies d’aide aux populations vulnérables dans l’est de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) qui a récemment connu un changement dramatique dans sa situation sécuritaire.

  • Afghanistan and Pakistan: Raise Voices for Civilian Protection 01/26/2009
    The humanitarian situation has severely deteriorated over the past year in Afghanistan and Pakistan, creating more displacement and vulnerability. To promote stability, the international community must better balance development and humanitarian assistance and target returnees to Afghanistan as well as displaced people in both countries.
  • Central African Republic: Fragile Peace Provides Opportunity 01/15/2009
    Donor governments, international agencies, and national leaders should seize the current opportunity to break the cycle of violent conflict and sow the seeds for a steady recovery in the Central African Republic (CAR).