#16Days to #OrangeTheWorld: Kemi’s Story (Part 1)

As part of the #16Days global “UNite to End Violence” campaign, we are sharing the story of a woman who faced violence in the midst of a conflict zone. Drawing from “In Her Shoes,” a toolkit designed by the Gender Based Violence Prevention Network, Kemi’s story, a fictionalized account based on real experiences, illustrates the…

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“We Hope, But We Are Hopeless”

In 2009, Iraq adopted Law 20, “Compensating the Victims of Military Operations, Military Mistakes and Terrorist Actions” (the compensation law), to compensate for deaths, injuries, and damage affecting work, study, or property. The compensation law, amended in 2015, applies retroactively from March 20, 2003 through the present day and covers harm caused by the Islamic…

US Week in Review – November 27

CONGRESS Democrats Call for an End to US Support for Saudi Arabia  In a statement on Tuesday, President Trump said that the US would maintain a “steadfast” alliance with Saudi Arabia and that “we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder” of Jamal Khashoggi, despite an assessment by the CIA concluding that Saudi…

Data-Driven Protection: Linking Threat Analysis to Planning in UN Peacekeeping Operations

Data-Driven Protection: Linking Threat Analysis to Planning in UN Peacekeeping Operations examines the challenges and gaps that UN peacekeeping operations in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) face when conducting threat analysis and using it as the basis of integrated Mission action. The report reviews how information is collected, stored, shared, analyzed,…

The Pentagon Put Someone in Charge of Its Civilian Casualty Policy. Now What?

By: Daniel R. Mahanty and Rita Siemion For all the time and attention that the Defense Department has rightly spent addressing civilian casualties, no single official at the Pentagon has ever been formally charged with overseeing the many challenges involved with proactively preventing civilian casualties and assessing and responding to reports of harm. And while many…

US Week in Review – November 13

The UN estimates that 445,000 people have fled Hodeida governorate since June. The UNHCR said the number of people remaining in Hodeida is difficult to assess but expressed concern that people who need to flee aren’t able to because intensified military operations are “increasingly confining populations and cutting off exit routes.” UN peace talks scheduled…

CIVIC to Participate in the 2018 Paris Peace Forum

  The Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) will participate in the Paris Peace Forum from November 11-13 in Paris, France. The Paris Peace Forum was created by French President Emmanuel Macron to revive collective governance and international cooperation at a time when global challenges have never been so pressing. Conceived as an annual gathering…

US Week in Review – November 05

YEMEN The Trump administration is stepping up pressure to end the war in Yemen amid growing opposition to US support for Saudi Arabia in Congress, with both Secretaries Pompeo and Mattis issuing calls last week for a rapid ceasefire and UN-led peace talks in coming weeks. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that…