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11 October 2018

Tellus: Travel routes and security in Afghanistan

Three recent Tellus reports address the security situation in specific districts in Uruzgan and Ghazni Provinces in Afghanistan and the travel routes to these districts. The reports are in Finnish. 
The reports can be downloaded at:

27 September 2018

Landinfo: Thematic report Palestine - UNRWA services

UNRWA is the UN agency that provides education, healthcare, relief, and social services to Palestinian refugees in five areas, including the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Due to the 300 million USD cut in funding from the United States in 2018, UNRWA has been compelled to reduce the scope of its services. Through emergency appeals and global fundraising efforts, the organization has been able to reduce the budget deficit somewhat, but it is still uncertain whether UNRWA will have the means to run its schools throughout the year. Likewise, UNRWA still lacks funds to uphold the food rations to the refugees in the Gaza Strip for the last quarter of 2018.
UNRWA’s local employees are among those affected by the funding shortfall. More than 250 have already lost their jobs in Palestine, and several hundreds of other employees have been forced into part-time work.
The reduction in staff will affect the qualities of UNRWA’s services and lead to increased poverty. This will have severe consequences for the Gaza Strip where the humanitarian situation is already critical and the unemployment rate is high.

The report can be downloaded at

27 September 2018

Cedoca report: COI Focus Turquie - Situation sécuritaire

L’objectif de ce COI Focus est de faire le point sur les conditions de sécurité en Turquie, en particulier entre le 29 mars 2018 (date de la précédente mise à jour) et le 13 septembre 2018. La recherche documentaire pour cette mise à jour s’est terminée le 11 septembre 2018.
Ce COI Focus débute par un bref aperçu historique du conflit avec le PKK. Le deuxième chapitre est consacré à la situation actuelle et examine les menaces concrètes pour la sécurité depuis la rupture du cessez-le-feu entre les autorités turques et le Parti des travailleurs du Kurdistan (Partiya Kerkeren Kurdistan, PKK) en juillet 2015. Dans les troisième et quatrième chapitres, le Cedoca aborde la nature et les cibles des violences et leur répartition géographique. Enfin, le dernier chapitre se penche sur l’impact concret de ce conflit sur les civils.

The report can be downloaded atécuritaire.pdf

19 September 2018

Lifos report: Syria - citizenship and official documents

The present report outlines, firstly, the overall tendencies within the Syrian context that influence the integrity of the authorities charged with issuing official documents - both negatively (ongoing economic breakdown, enhanced incentives for using bribes, high degree of decentralization) and positively (a continued ambition of providing government services, controlling population movements and maintaining security). Secondly, the Syrian citizenship law and its implementation (including statelessness) are outlined. The subsequent sections describe the different types of official Syrian documents: those related to civil law (such as marriage and death certificates), identity cards, passports/travel documents and various military documents. Each of these sections encapsulates 1) the process to acquire the relevant document, 2) the design of the document, and 3) the impact of the ongoing crisis on the authenticity of the concerned document type.​

The report can be downloaded at