28 August 2008

Glossaries: Disasters, Humanitarian Assistance, Refugees & Migration

Several glossaries have recently been issued:

Glossary of Humanitarian Terms (ReliefWeb, Aug. 2008) [text]
- Compilation of terms selected from other glossaries; see also their listing of other humanitarian glossaries.

People on the Move: Handbook of Selected Terms and Concepts (Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, July 2008) [text]
- Developed for the general public/civil society to raise awareness, to inform policy responses, and to promote greater accuracy in language. Terms were elaborated in consultation with international experts (list is provided in the handbook).

Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters. Annex I: Glossary (International Law Commission, Feb. 2008) [text]
- Addendum to a study presented to the International Law Commission that "provides an overview of the existing legal instruments and texts applicable to a variety of aspects of disaster prevention and relief assistance, as well as of the protection of persons in the event of disasters, focusing primarily on natural disasters" (UN Pulse).

Posted in Publications.

27 August 2008

New UNHCR Publications & Pages


Reports and Documents for the 59th Executive Committee Plenary Session (August 2008) [access]
- The actual meetings are scheduled for 6-10 October 2008.

Selected Documents Relating to National Security and Counter-Terrorism Relevant to International Refugee Protection (UNHCR, July 2008) [text]

UNHCR Recommendations for the Ministerial Conference of the Euro-African Process on Migration and Development (Paris, 20-21 October 2008) (July 2008) [text]

UNHCR Statement on the "Ceased Circumstances" Clause of the EC Qualification Directive (August 2008) [text]

Web pages:

The UN Human Rights System [access]
- "Deals specifically with the human rights mechanisms within the United Nations, and with UNHCR's involvement with the issue."

UNHCR and Human Trafficking [access]
- Provides access to policy guidelines and working papers.

Posted in Publications and Web Sites.

26 August 2008

Publications: Asylum Stats./UK, Disasters, French IDP Manual, Iraq, Olympics/Forced Evictions, Roma/Forced Evictions

Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2007 (Home Office, August 2008) [text]

Forced Evictions and the Right to Housing of Roma in Russia (Intl. Fed. for Human Rights, July 2008) [text via Refworld]

The Looming Crisis: Displacement and Security in Iraq (Brookings Institution, August 2008) [text]

Manuel pour la protection des déplacés internes (IASC, 2008; English version issued earlier) [text via Refworld]

One World, Whose Dream? Housing Rights Violations and the Beijing Olympic Games (COHRE, July 2008) [text]

Protection of persons in the event of disasters, A/CN.4/590, 11 Dec. 2007 (International Law Commission, 60th Sess., 5 May-6 June and 7 July-8 August 2008) [access via UN Pulse]

Posted in Publications.

22 August 2008

Publications: Climate Change, Disaster IDPs, Family Reunif., HR Field Officers, IDPs/Kenya, IDPs/Zimb., Protection, Sudanese/Uganda, Unacc. Minors/UK

The Climate Change-Displacement Nexus (Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, July 2008) [text]

For Disaster IDPs: An Institutional Gap (Brookings Institution, August 2008) [text]

Guiding Principles for Human Rights Field Officers Working in Conflict and Post-conflict Environments (Univ. of Nottingham, July 2008) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Many Faces of Displacement: IDPs in Zimbabwe (IDMC, August 2008) [text]

Moving Beyond Relief: The Challenges of Settling Kenya's Internally Displaced (USIP, August 2008) [text]

Northern Uganda: International Support for Sudanese Refugees Still Required (Refugees International, August 2008) [text]

Promoting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of unaccompanied young people seeking asylum in the UK (Thomas Coram Research Unit & Institute of Education, University of London, July 2008) [text]

Protection Work: from Concept to Practice - Strengthening CSOs Engagement on Protection in Conflict and Humanitarian Emergencies (ActionAid, July 2008) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Refugees must be able to reunite with their family members," COE Commissioner for Human Rights Viewpoint (Council of Europe, August 2008) [text]

Posted in Publications.

Addendum to New Issues: JRS

The latest issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies is now available: vol. 21, no. 3 (September 2008). Articles focus on displacement resulting from the Iraq war, refugee returns, integration, linking asylum seekers and host communities, predicting forced migration, peace education, and refugee business. Nine book reviews are also included.

Posted in Periodicals.

21 August 2008

New Issues of AJEM, Conflict Tr., HR Brief, HRQ, Hum. Sec. J., IJMHSC, Intervention, JEMS, JMRI, RSQ, TWQ

Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 23, no. 2 (May 2008) [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

Conflict Trends, no. 2008/2 [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

Human Rights Brief, vol. 15, no. 3 (Spring/Summer 2008) [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 3 (August 2008) [contents]
- Includes articles on Darfur and sexual violence in Bosnia and Rwanda.

Human Security Journal, no. 7 (Summer 2008) [full-text]
- Focus is on military interventions.

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, vol. 4, no. 1 (July 2008) [contents, sample full-text article]
- Focus is on refugees and asylum-seekers; free sample article provided: "Human Rights and Access to Psychiatric Care for Adult Asylum Seekers: Guidelines to Improve Care."

Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict, vol. 6, no. 2 (July 2008) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 34, no. 7 (2008) [contents]
- Special issue on "Diasporic Tensions: The Dilemmas and Conflicts of Transnational Engagement."

Journal of Migration and Refugee Issues, vol. 4, no. 2 (2008) [contents]
- Two articles on RSD in Australia and applying the refugee convention in Hong Kong.

Refugee Survey Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 2 (2008) [contents]
- Focus of this issue is "Asylum and Islam."

Third World Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 6 (2008) [contents]
- Mix of articles including several on poverty reduction.

Posted in Periodicals.

04 August 2008

Summer Schedule

I will be off-line for the next couple of weeks. Please check back in mid-August.