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Cyclone Nargis - Protection

Websites/Multiple Documents

Title: "Burma: Stop Forced Evictions" and other documents related to Cyclone Nargis
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights Watch
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 05 June 2008

Title: Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons
Description/subject: Areas of activity. Annual reports... Country visits... Resolutions... International standards... Documents... Press releases... Issues in focus: Natural Disasters... Questions and answers about IDPs... Workshops and seminars... Links.
Language: English (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish also available)
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2008

Individual Documents

Title: Human Rights Council - 8th Session: Report of the Special Rapporteur on Myanmar
Date of publication: 03 June 2008
Description/subject: Summary: "In its resolution 1992/58, the Commission on Human Rights established the mandate on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, which was then extended by the Human Rights Council in its decision 1/102 and resolution 5/1. In March 2008, by its resolution 7/32, the Council extended the mandate for one year. On 26 March 2008, Tomás Ojea Quintana (Argentina) was appointed as the new Special Rapporteur, and he officially assumed the function on 1 May 2008. The present report is a follow-up report on the status of implementation of Council resolutions S-5/1 and 6/33, as requested by the Council in its resolution 7/31. In the report, the Special Rapporteur focuses on the human rights issues pertinent to the current constitutional process in the country, the developments with regard to the crackdown on the demonstrations in September 2007, and the human rights impact of tropical cyclone Nargis. The report builds upon the preliminary findings and further developments included in the previous report submitted to the Council (A/HRC/7/24). Since the present report is his first to be submitted to the Council, the Special Rapporteur also presents an overview of his methodology and programme of work in discharging his mandate. The Special Rapporteur would like to pay tribute to the victims of cyclone Nargis, present his condolences to the families at this tragic time and convey to the people of Myanmar a message of encouragement in the recovery phase of that natural disaster."
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations (A/HRC/8/12)
Format/size: pdf (70K)
Date of entry/update: 05 June 2008

Title: PROTECTING PERSONS AFFECTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS - Operational Guidelines on Human Rights and Natural Disasters
Date of publication: June 2006
Description/subject: "Floods, earthquakes and storms have routinely displaced tens of thousands around the world. Over the past few years, the international community’s response to these catastrophes has become ever swifter and more sophisticated. Until very recently, however, and in the rush to deliver life-saving aid, little attention was paid to the rights of these displaced people. The publication of these guidelines reflects an understanding of the need for the humanitarian system to provide to the people on the front lines of disaster response the guidance they need to ensure the protection of the rights of the people left homeless by natural disasters. This document is the result of a collaborative approach that took place over more than a year. The Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Mr. Walter Kälin, prepared draft Operational Guidelines on Human Rights and Natural Disasters. These were shared with the members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Working Group. Each member of the IASC WG contributed its own expertise, operational experience and insights to the collaborative process. This ensured that the final product is one that meets the needs of those affected by disasters. This version of the Operational Guidelines was formally adopted by the IASC WG at a meeting in Geneva on 9 June 2006.We want to thank all the members involved for their work and participation. The Guidelines are short and easily accessible. They are complemented by a Manual that gives the human rights background which underpins them. The Manual also sets out practical operational steps to provide humanitarian workers with examples of how these Guidelines can best be implemented. Human rights are as much a part of the lives of the people we are called upon to assist and to protect as are their needs for food and shelter. For the first time, these Guidelines will provide responders with the information they need to make a rightsbased approach a part of the emergency response."
Author/creator: Walter Kaelin
Language: English
Source/publisher: Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)
Format/size: pdf (1.765MB)
Date of entry/update: 07 August 2010

Date of publication: March 2005
Description/subject: A Working Visit to Asia by the Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Walter Kälin
Author/creator: Walter Kälin
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations
Format/size: pdf (141K)
Date of entry/update: 04 June 2008