The Syrian conflict, which began in 2011, is an ongoing conflict between the Syrian government and multiple opposition groups, with both sides receiving external international support. The uprising began as a chain of peaceful protests for democracy and political freedom and was immediately followed by a government crackdown, deploying the army against the protestors. This [...]
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A full-scale revolt in 2011 resulted in the ousting and death of Libya's former leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and the collapse of his 34-year-old Jamahiriya state. The country continues to experience major political and social unrest. Blue Shield Statement on Libya 14 March 2011 Following the recent events in Libya, the Blue Shield expresses its great [...]
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On February 22nd, a major earthquake shook the city of Christchurch with a magnitude of 6.3. Next to very serious numbers of casualties there appeared to be great damage to the historic area of the city and it built heritage. Blue Shield Statement on Christchurch 3 March 2011 Following the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New [...]
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The Egyptian revolution took place following a popular uprising that began on January 25th 2011. The uprising was mainly a campaign of non-violent civil resistance, which featured a series of demonstrations, marches, acts of civil disobedience, and labour strikes. Millions of protesters from a variety of socio-economic and religious backgrounds demanded the overthrow of the [...]
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The island of Haiti has a history of destructive earthquakes. On January 12th 2010, Haiti was struck by the country's most severe earthquake in over 200 years. The epicentre of the quake was just outside the capital Port-au-Prince. Over 200,000 people lost their lives and widespread damage resulted from the quake: the capital city was [...]
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The island of Haiti has a history of destructive earthquakes. On January 12th 2010, Haiti was struck by the country's most severe earthquake in over 200 years. The epicentre of the quake was just outside the capital Port-au-Prince. Over 200,000 people lost their lives and widespread damage resulted from the quake: the capital city was [...]
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On April 6, 2009 an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck central Italy with its epicentre near L'Aquila. The earthquake killed over 300 people and caused damage to between 3,000 and 11,000 buildings in the medieval city of L'Aquila. ANCBS statement on earthquake Abruzzo 8 April 2009 On behalf of the Association of National Committees of the [...]
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ICBS statement in support of the Cologne Archive 5th March 2009 On the afternoon of Tuesday 3 March, the building of the Historic Archive of the city of Cologne in Germany collapsed along with two neighbouring buildings. Two residents of these neighbouring buildings were killed. The building dated from the 1970s and contained some 65,000 [...]
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East Timor was colonized by Portugal in the 16th century and was known as Portuguese Timor until Portugal's decolonization of the country. In the late 1975s, East Timor declared its independence. Later that year it was invaded and occupied by Indonesia and in 1976 was declared Indonesia's 27th province. In 1999, following the United Nations-sponsored act of [...]
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