25 Years after the CRC: More Protection Needed for Children Affected by Armed Conflict
November 20, 2014

(OSRSG-CAAC) - Twenty-five years ago, with the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the world made a historic commitment to its children. The convention, ratified by 194 countries, became the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world and generated significant progress. But much more remains to be done to protect children, especially those growing up in countries affected by conflict. “Children continue to be killed, maimed, recruited and used by armed forces and armed groups, deprived of education and healthcare,” said Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. “Despite all our efforts, we haven’t changed the fact that children are still the most vulnerable in times of conflict.”

 

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25 Years after Landmark Treaty, Children’s Rights Still Violated with Impunity in Conflict
November 20, 2014

(GCPEA) - On the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) calls on states to safeguard children’s rights to life and education by addressing widespread attacks on schools, teachers, and students, and military use of education buildings during war. In 1989, world leaders recognized the rights of all children by adopting the CRC, the most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. Yet, a quarter of a century later, the right to education enshrined in the CRC remains merely aspirational for some of the globe’s most vulnerable girls and boys in some of its most dangerous places: half of the world’s nearly 58 million out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected states.

 

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Universal Children’s Day: Time to take strong measures to protect children from armed conflict in the DRC November 2014
November 20, 2014

(Child Soldiers International) - Twenty-five years after the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Child Soldiers International and the Jesuit Refugee Service remain concerned by widespread abuses committed against children by armed forces and armed groups. Although significant progress has been made to protect children from armed conflict in the DRC, there is still a long way to go to prevent the recruitment of children, improve assistance to former child soldiers, and end impunity. On this anniversary, we urge the Congolese government to translate its international obligations, and the commitments it has made since 1990, into effective prevention and protection for children.

 

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Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, “Rule of Terror: Living under ISIS in Syria”
November 14, 2014

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic has published a report titled “Rule of Terror: Living under ISIS in Syria” documenting the group’s use of terror to subjugate Syrians living in areas of its control, as well as the use of extreme violence against civilians and captured fighters. The report is based on over 300 accounts of witnesses and victims by Syrian men, women and children who fled or are living in ISIS-controlled areas.

 

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Yazidi families struggle to find and free enslaved daughters
November 13, 2014

(Al Jazeera) - Aysha hears screams in her sleep. Nightmarish memories flash through her mind — her husband writhing on the village road, face to the ground, hands tied behind his back; 2,000 women huddled on the floor, with men prowling around them, growling words they don’t understand; a man with a deep voice approaching, saying “You are for me.” Aysha shrinks, tosses, opens her mouth to scream but hears only wails from her 1-year-old son. Faces and noises blur together. She yells for her husband, but he is far away and cannot hear. Eventually she wakes up, realizing once again that she is one of the lucky few who have escaped. Rain leaked into the cold, unfinished house where 19-year-old Aysha, a Yazidi, lives, dripping mud onto her mat on the floor. Her son whimpered in his sleep. Aysha (who asked that her real name not be used) cradled him in one arm, rubbing her bulging belly with the other. Five of her relatives were asleep in the same room, flies buzzing at their faces as rain pounded outside the window. “One more month,” she whispered to her unborn child. “Then you will be here.”

 

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Taliban shut schools in Afghan district
November 12, 2014

(The Nation) - The Education Directorate of eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan has said the Taliban militants have closed all the schools in Haskamina district. About 20,000 boys and girls have been stopped from attending schools for the last three days, said Muhammad Asif Shinwari, spokesman of Nangarhar Education Directorate.”The Taliban have said reopening of schools is conditional to the release of their prisoners, reopening of the blocked roads and medical aid to their clinics,” Shinwari added. “We cannot do anything to these demands of Taliban,” Shinwari stated. “Our schools must be reopened.”

 

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Press Release – Afghanistan: Amend Draft Law on Child Soldiers
November 11, 2014

(Child Soldiers International) - The passing of legislation to criminalise underage recruitment in the Afghan National Security Forces constitutes a significant step in protecting the rights of Afghan children, Child Soldiers International said today. Last week, the Afghan Lower House of Parliament approved the draft law which criminalises the recruitment and use of children in state security forces. The Draft Law prohibiting child recruitment into national security institutions was passed by the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Afghan Parliament, following an endorsement by the Afghanistan government earlier this year of a 15-point road map to implement an Action Plan signed with the UN in 2011.

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Nigeria: UN agency reports ongoing refugee crisis amid Boko Haram threat
November 11, 2014

(UN News Centre) – Thousands of Nigerians are escaping the deadly threat posed by the terrorist group Boko Haram and fleeing into neighbouring Cameroon, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has warned. In a press release, UNHCR cited Cameroonian authorities’ claims that some 13,000 Nigerian refugees had now crossed over from the Nigerian border state of Adamawa after Boko Haram insurgents attacked and captured the town of Mubi in late October. The refugees fled to the towns of Guider and Gashiga in the North region of Cameroon and to Bourha, Mogode and Boukoula in the Far North, the agency added.

 

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Security Council Press Statement on Suicide Bomb Attack against Government Science Technical School in Potiskum in Yobe State, Nigeria
November 10, 2014

(United Nations Security Council) – The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the suicide bomb attack on 10 November 2014 committed against the Government Science Technical School in Potiskum in Yobe State, Nigeria, which killed several dozen people, mostly students, and injured many more. The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and expressed their sympathy to all those injured in these attacks, and to the people and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

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Dozens dead in Nigeria school blast in Potiskum
November 10, 2014

(BBC) - At least 46 students have been killed by a suicide bomber at a school assembly in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Potiskum, police have said. The explosion at a boys’ school in the town is believed to have been caused by a suicide bomber dressed as a student. The militant group Boko Haram is believed to have carried out the attack, police said.

 

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