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Le casque bleu hongrois enlevé jeudi 11 avril par des bédouins armés dans la partie nord de la péninsule du Sinaï, en Egypte a été libéré, a annoncé la police. Le soldat appartient à la Force multinationale d'observateurs (FMO). Les auteurs de l'enlèvement réclamaient la libération d'un proche emprisonné. http://www.rfi.fr/contenu/egypte-enlevement-casque-bleu-hongrois-bedouins-armes-le-sinai-police
TOKYO, Japan, February 27, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Assistance by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to the Project in Egypt
1. On February 7, the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security, which was established through the initiative of the Government of Japan, decided to extend assistance totaling 4,975,080 US dollars (approximately 407 million yen) to a project entitled “Human security through inclusive socio-economic development in Upper Egypt”.
2. The project is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), aiming at promoting the human security of the people in Upper-Egypt, which comprises the most severely malnourished communities nationwide, through promoting protection and empowerment of them. The activities will include the following:
— Strengthening economic security through the creation of employment opportunities by establishing facilities such as a Human Security Forum and a Human Security Fund.
— Enhancing community security and personal security by establishing a Youth Volunteer Service to empower the young people and implementing “quick impact activities” to develop communities’ social capital and enhance cohesion and inclusiveness.
3. This project is expected to promote the human security of the vulnerable population in Upper-Egypt
As new cases of torture surface, diplomatic sources say the continuation of Mubarak-era abuses may affect foreign aid and loans to Egypt.
A strongly-worded letter requesting information about reports of systematic torture, at times leading to death, of Egyptian political activists has been sent to the Egyptian government by the Geneva-based Committee Against Torture.
The committee is the body charged with overseeing the commitment of governments to observe the terms of the UN Convention against Torture, which Egypt has ratified.
The letter referred to recent reports of torture by a number of activists, including some allegations of rape.
According to a source at the ministry of justice, the letter does not conclude firmly that the “alleged cases of torture” occurred but “it does demand clarification on specific cases.”
Among the specific cases included in the letter is Mohamed El-Gendy, an activist whose death on 4 February was blamed on police torture by his family and by other activists. A government forensic report attributed his death to a car accident, and government sources have denied the allegations of torture.
According to the source at the ministry of justice, a “reply to refute the accounts will be sent to the committee.”
“We are waiting for some information to come from the ministry of interior on a few matters and then we will draft a reply,” he said.
The government's formal response will then have to be vetted by the ministry of foreign affairs before it is sent to the committee.