Militarisation

Thousands of internally displaced in Somalia's central town of Beletweyne are on the move again following 10 days of fighting between rival Islamist militias, amid reports of continuing heavy shelling in parts of the town. According to a humanitarian bulletin covering 8-15 January by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA Somalia), at least 30 people have been killed and 50 injured, mostly civilians, with many artillery shells landing on residential areas. OCHA could not confirm the number of displaced.

A Joint Statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre and Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, November 26, 2009: Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) and the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) condemn the execution of two human rights lawyers, Concepcion Brizuela and Cynthia Oquendo, along with 55 others in the November 23, 2009 massacre in Maguindanao province of the Philippines. Below, in a statement, The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, mourn the loss of the two brave human rights defenders, and call on us to take action and send a letter to President Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines demanding justice.

In silent public protest, the ‘Mourning Mothers of Iran,’ known locally in Tehran as the ‘Mothers of Laleh,’ stand together each week, on Saturday evening vigils in Tehran’s Laleh Park.
Catherine Makino interviews leading Bangladeshi human rights activist Sultana Kamal.
HRW called on the Yemeni government to investigate responsibility for any attacks on civilians, and urged all parties to the armed conflict in the region to respect the prohibition under international law against targeting civilians.
Les combats ont repris dans le nord du Yémen entre le gouvernement et les rebelles al-Houtistes. C'est le sixième épisode en cinq ans d'un conflit complexe et méconnu.
The International Contact Group (ICG) will consist of representatives from the Organisation of Islamic Conference and the European Union, who will "facilitate" formal negotiations between the two sides on the ground, Manila's chief peace negotiator, said.
Statement by the Ash Wednesday Forum for Civil Society Organizations.
Since 1983, Sri Lanka has experienced a civil ethnic conflict in the Northern and Eastern provinces that has resulted in life-threatening and traumatic experiences for women; loss of life, rape and being searched by armed groups are daily occurrences.
V-Day’s latest V-Moment comes to us from eight Congelese who are working every day to end violence against women and girls in the DRC.
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