U.N. asks Saudi to show how coalition prevents Yemen child deaths
July 14, 2016

(Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushed Saudi Arabia on Thursday to provide information on actions they are taking to prevent the killing and wounding of children in Yemen as Riyadh said it was conducting its military operations with “great care.”  Ban met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in New York to further discuss a U.N. report on children and armed conflict that briefly blacklisted a Saudi-led military coalition for killing children in Yemen.  Ban removed the coalition from the list last month pending review after Riyadh, a major U.N. donor, threatened to cut funding. Saudi Arabia has denied using threats, but Ban blasted Riyadh for exerting “unacceptable” pressure.

 

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High-level Side Event on Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Children Affected by Armed Conflict
July 14, 2016

(OSRSG-CAAC) – On July 11, the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United Nations and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict organized a high-level event on the rehabilitation and reintegration of children affected by armed conflict at the United Nations Headquarters. This event featured a discussion to share best practices on psychosocial rehabilitation and social reintegration of children in the field. His Excellency, Mr. Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of Belgium, started the event by giving the welcoming remarks.  As the keynote speaker, Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians emphasized that “emotional wounds of armed conflict must be healed through psychological support to children.”

 

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Hungary: Migrants Abused at the Border
July 13, 2016

(HRW) – Migrants at Hungary’s border are being summarily forced back to Serbia, in some cases with cruel and violent treatment, without consideration of their claims for protection, Human Rights Watch said today.

 

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Daesh’s Child Soldiers
July 13, 2016

(Newsweek) – Mustafa’s gaze seemed lost, frightened and his eyes were erratic. His childish looks appeared strange among the harsh military faces surrounding him. His 13 years of existence did not fit the cruelty of the place, which houses suspects, hardened criminals and Daesh leaders. The child wore a yellow prisoners’ suit, which was slightly bigger than his size. His hands were tied behind his back as he stood in the yard of the Counter-Crime Department in Anbar, 83 km west of the capital Baghdad.

 

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A cluster bomb made in America shattered lives in Yemen’s capital
July 10, 2016

(HRW) – The 15-year-old boy had entered his neighborhood mosque to attend morning prayers. The bakery worker was asleep in his attic apartment with his wife and child. And the civil servant was getting ready for work. At that moment, a warplane from a coalition led by Saudi Arabia dropped an American-made cluster bomb over their densely packed enclave. The device, banned by scores of countries but not the United States or Saudi Arabia, sent explosive spheres the size of baseballs raining down.

 

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Mosul attack could leave thousands of children homeless, says Unicef
July 10, 2016

(The Guardian) – Tens of thousands of children face being displaced and becoming homeless unless humanitarian contingency plans are put in place by the armies planning to seize back control of Islamic State-held Mosul this winter, a senior UN children’s agency official has warned.

 

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UNICEF statement on violence in South Sudan
July 9, 2016

(UNICEF) – UNICEF is deeply alarmed by the renewed violence in South Sudan and calls on all parties to respect humanitarian principles and provide unrestricted access to civilians in need. After nearly three years of war, civilians are bearing the brunt of the conflict in South Sudan, with women and children facing the greatest dangers and hardships. As the country marks its fifth year of independence, the lives of millions of children continue to be marked by suffering and upheaval.

 

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Nigeria: Media Stakeholders Advocate Enactment of Child Rights in the North
July 7, 2016

(This Day) – Working Journalists in Bauchi state have called on state governments and Houses of Assembly in the North to domesticate as well as enact the Child Right Act endorsed by the United Nations in the region where children’s rights were most abused as a result of insurgency activities.

 

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Letter to NATO Re: Civilian Protection in Afghanistan
July 6, 2016

(HRW) – Dear NATO Heads of State, The 2016 NATO Summit, to be held in Warsaw on July 8-9, 2016, is meant to reaffirm NATO’s continuing commitment to Afghanistan at a time when the Afghan government is under growing pressure not only from Taliban insurgents, but also from groups claiming affiliation with the Islamic State. Since the withdrawal of most international forces at the end of 2014, the conflict between the Afghan government and these insurgents has escalated, straining the capacities of the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF), and taking a higher toll on civilians. The UN Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) has documented a steady rise in civilian casualties since 2009, with each year setting a new record of civilian loss of life. In the first three months of 2016, one-third of civilian casualties were children.

 

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Democratic Republic of Congo: first steps towards greater respect for the civilian populations in North Kivu
July 6, 2016

(Geneva Call) – Geneva Call is entering its second year of work in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The organization has recently observed concrete examples of improvements in respect for civilians by various armed groups with which it is in dialogue. In North Kivu, Geneva Call has initiated discussions with four active armed groups and during the past few months it has already trained more than 200 officers and combatants about Humanitarian Law, particularly on the rules governing child protection and prohibiting sexual violence.

 

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