Mediawatch listing

Monthly press listing June 2012

Posted on Monday, June 18 2012 at 12:08 -

Yemen

1.African refugees face obstacles in Yemen

Yemen Times June 04, 2012

Around 300 African refugees had set up their camp off the UNHCR premises in 2011 for more than 20 days demanding solutions for their bad conditions impacted by Yemen’s unrest. Sibli Yhonis, 30, holds her refugee card in Sana'a. But she isn’t happy. She wants to leave for another country.

http://reliefweb.int/node/501277

2. Aid work conundrum in unpredictable Yemen

IRIN June 12 2012

SANA'A, 12 June 2012 (IRIN) - In the sweltering port city of Aden, about 300km south of Yemen’s capital Sana’a, two dozen international NGOs are struggling to meet mounting humanitarian demands caused by a war raging in neighbouring Abyan Governorate where government troops have for a month fought to crush a local Al Qaeda ally, Ansar Al Shariah.

http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95623/Analysis-Aid-work-conundrum-in-unpredictable-Yemen

3. Yemen presses ahead with offensive on militants

AlertNet June 13 2012

JAAR, Yemen, June 13 (Reuters) - Yemen on Wednesday pressed ahead with a U.S.-backed offensive to drive al Qaeda-linked insurgents from the country's south, a day after the army notched up its biggest victory in more than a year by recapturing two strategic cities.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/yemen-presses-ahead-with-offensive-on-militants/

4. UNHCR: Refugee influx, idps worsen humanitarian crisis facing Yemen

Reliefweb 21 June 2012

SANA’A, June 19 — In a press conference in Aden on Monday, the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) called on the international community to support Yemen in dealing with the influx of refugees into the country and the growing problems faced by internally displaced persons (IDPs).

http://reliefweb.int/node/505397

5. Yemen marks world refugee day

Yemen Times June 18 2012

The world celebrates World Refugee Day every June 20. In Yemen, both displaced people and refugees, who mostly come from the Horn of Africa urgently, need humanitarian assistance.

http://www.yementimes.com/en/1582/report/1007/Yemen-marks-World-Refugee-Day.htm

6. Internal Migration Key Reason for Population Increase, Low Access to Basic Services, Report

Yemen Post June 25 2012

Internal migration from rural areas into urban areas is one of the reasons for the increasing population growth in Yemen, with the population growth rate in urban areas at 7%, a matter which leads to an increasing demand for basic services and resources, a recent governmental report said.

http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=5593&MainCat=3

Ethiopia

7. Almost 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour, UN finds

Walta Info June 04, 2012

Addis Ababa, June 4, 2012 (WIC) - Almost 21 million people worldwide are trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave, according to new estimates released today by the United Nations labour agency.

http://www.waltainfo.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3589:almost-21-million-people-worldwide-are-victims-of-forced-labour-un-finds&catid=70:international-news&Itemid=309

8. Ethiopia 'forcibly displacing' for sugar plantations

BBC, June 18 2012

The Ethiopian government is forcibly displacing tens of thousands from their land to make way for state-run sugar plantations, a campaign group has said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18462041

Somalia

9. Istanbul II Conference on Somalia - Declaration

UN Political Office for Somalia June 04, 2012

The Second Istanbul Conference on Somalia, under the theme “Preparing Somalia’s Future: Goals for 2015,” took place on 31st May and 1st June 2012.

http://reliefweb.int/node/501137

10. US to act firmly on Somalis who hinder road map

AlertNet June 10 2012

NAIROBI, June 10 (Reuters) - The United States will impose travel sanctions and freeze assets of Somalis who hinder a political roadmap towards a new constitution and president in the Horn-of-Africa nation, a senior State Department official said on Sunday.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/us-to-act-firmly-on-somalis-who-hinder-roadmap/

11. Refugees flee Somalia seeking security

Jesuit Refugee Council, June 17 2012

Dollo Ado, 16 June 2012 – The Ethiopian Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs told the Jesuit Refugee Service recently that the flow of refugees from Somalia into the Dollo Ado area has increased from about 300 a week to 1,000 a week. The refugees said they are given a stark choice in their homeland: give up a son to militants, or pay with livestock or cash to be left alone.

http://reliefweb.int/node/504278

12. UNHCR Tries to Count Somalia's Displaced

Voice of America, June 19 2012

NAIROBI - As the United Nations prepares to mark World Refugee Day Wednesday, the U.N. refugee agency is struggling to put exact figures to the number of internally displaced people inside Somalia. The country's displaced population is constantly on the move in search of humanitarian assistance and a peaceful environment.

http://reliefweb.int/node/504896

13. Somalia: Displaced Continue to Move, Seeking Safety and Assistance

UNHCR June 22 2012

Press release

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 22 June 2012, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201206220936.html

Kenya

14. 80 travellers arrested in Kikuyu

The Star June 08, 2012

Eighty foreigners among them 24 illegal immigrants were arrested at Sigona in Kikuyu District in Kiambu County while travelling along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway yesterday. Among them were 51 Somalis, nine Kenyans, 10 Congolese, two South Sudanese and seven Ethiopians. There were 45 children and 35 adults with 17 being males and 18 females.

http://www.the-star.co.ke/local/central/79524-80-travellers-arrested-in-kikuyu

Israel

15. African migrants target in Israel arsonist attack

Reuters June 04, 2012

Israeli arsonists set fire on Monday to an apartment housing Eritrean migrants, spray-painting "get out of the neighbourhood" over the entrance in the latest violence against Africans migrants.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/06/04/uk-israel-migrants-africans-idUKBRE85306S20120604

16. Israel Government deports 25000 after racist protests

Rfi June 05, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the "swift deportation" of 25,000 so-called illegal immigrants after demonstrations targeting immigrants in Tel Aviv.

http://www.english.rfi.fr/middle-east/20120604-israeli-government-stokes-anti-immigration-fervour-through-25000-deportations

17. Demonstrators protest attack on migrants in Israel

Al Arabia News June 06 2012

About 100 people gathered on Tuesday in downtown Jerusalem to protest an attack on the previous day on a building which housed more than 50 foreign workers. The arson attack was one of the most violent ones seen against African migrants in the past month.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/06/06/218970.html

18. State freezes rush for jobs in Saudi Arabia

Daily Nation June 22 2012

The government has suspended the recruitment of Kenyans to work in the Middle East as domestic workers following claims of abuse. The ban will stay in place until all recruitment agencies are vetted, according to a statement from the Foreign Affairs ministry on Friday.

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Kenya+issues+Middle+East+jobs+freeze/-/1056/1433408/-/kmd6dgz/-/index.html

19. Diaspora: Kenya's secret source of developmental cash

The Standard June 26 2012

Kenyans living abroad are remitting a staggering Sh150 billion back home annually, and have become a key engine for economic growth, a study discloses. The study by the World Bank shows 2.6 million Kenyans receive a total of $2 billion (Sh150 billion) annually from Kenyans in the Diaspora.

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?id=2000020677&cid=4&articleID=2000020677

20. Why Dadaab camp is no longer a refuge

The Star June 12 2012

Amina arrived in Dadaab in 1992, when she was one year old. Born in Afmadow, Somalia, she fled from her own country because of violence, drought and a lack of food. In the refugee camp, she shares a shelter with her husband, her young daughter and another 12 members of her extended family.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201206140113.html

21. Kenya: No Consensus On Way Ahead for World's Biggest Refugee Camp

IRIN June 15 2012

Nairobi — Key stakeholders meeting on 14 June to discuss the future of Dadaab refugee camp in eastern Kenya acknowledge that there are tough choices ahead, but no agreed way forward.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201206151172.html

22. Dadaab: The camps cannot go on

Medicins San Frontiere June 14 2012

Geneva/Nairobi — It is only a matter of time before the next emergency hits the Dadaab refugee camp, says a briefing paper, Dadaab: Shadows of Lives, released today by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ahead of World Refugee Day.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201206140767.html

Malawi

23. Migrants drown in Lake Malawi Karonga District

BBC June 26 2012

At least 47 East African migrants have drowned when their boat capsized on Lake Malawi, officials say.

The boat, believed to be carrying 60 people, capsized late on Monday in the remote northern district of Karonga.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18531470

24. Malawi boat accidents’ toll set to rise

Herald June 24 2012

Karonga — It remains uncertain how many migrants perished when their boat capsized in Lake Malawi, including the number of passengers on the boat and their nationalities.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201206240629.html

European Union

25. EU adopts strategic framework on Human rights and Democracy

Yemen Post June 25 2012

The EU Council adopted a Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy with
an Action Plan for putting it into practice. This is the first time that the European Union has had a unified Strategic Framework for this vital policy area, with such a wide-ranging plan of action for its implementation.

http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=100&SubID=5586&MainCat=3

United States of America

26. Court splits on Arizona law

The Wall Street Journal, June 25 2012

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court struck down the harshest parts of an Arizona law targeting illegal immigrants, ruling the state interfered with congressional authority over U.S. borders, but it let stand a requirement that police check the immigration status of people they stop for traffic or other offenses.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304898704577480392205316110.html?mod=rss_Politics_And_Policy