20th – 26th april

Tunisia has reached an agreement with the IMF, International Monetary Fund, for a loan of up to $ 1.75 billion over two years. The objective is the recovery of the Tunisian economy to fight against unemployment that is the origin of the political and social unrest.

The Formula One race has gone ahead despite ongoing clashes between Bahraini police and anti-government demonstrators in the capital, Manama. Police fired birdshot and tear gas on Sunday to contain simmering resentment at a deadly crackdown by the Sunni royal family on Arab Spring-inspired protests that erupted two years ago led by the kingdom’s Shia Muslim majority.

According to the Syrian National Council (SNC), the main group of the Syrian opposition, at least 109 people, mostly civilians, have been killed after an army offensive that has lasted a week, in a suburb of Damascus, held by the rebels.

More than 100 people have been killed in two days of violence across Iraq after an army raid on a camp of mostly Sunni Muslim protesters in Kirkuk, in country’s north, on Tuesday ignited the fiercest clashes since US troops left. Clashes between fighters and the army were ongoing on Wednesday evening.

The UN Security Council’s failure to add human rights monitoring to the mandate of its Western Sahara peacekeeping force – despite ongoing reports of abuses in the region – is a “missed opportunity”, Human Rights Watch said. The Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) – is one of the few UN peacekeeping missions in the world without a human rights mandate.