Medical care cut off as Taliban assaults key Afghan city
August 17, 2016

(IRIN) – Civilians cannot access medical care in Lashkar Gah and aid agencies are preparing for a possible Taliban takeover as militants lay siege to the city, which is the capital of Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province.  Fighting since the beginning of August has displaced about 10,000 people, according to the UN’s emergency aid coordination body, OCHA. About 6,000 people fled into Lashkar Gah as militants battled government soldiers in surrounding districts, while another 4,000 took refuge in an area under the control of anti-government forces.

 

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Afghanistan: Rise in Military Use of Schools
August 17, 2016

(HRW) – Afghan security forces are increasingly using schools as bases during military operations in Taliban-held areas, putting children at risk and depriving thousands of an education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Afghan government should take immediate steps to curtail security force use of schools for military purposes. The 45-page report, “Education on the Front Lines: Military Use of Schools in Afghanistan’s Baghlan Province,” documents the occupation and other military use of schools by state forces and the Taliban in Baghlan province in northeastern Afghanistan. It is based on interviews with more than more than 20 school principals, teachers, and administrators, as well as local families affected by the conflict. As school districts across Afghanistan increasingly find themselves on the front lines of the country’s armed conflict, students risk their lives at schools being used by soldiers which may become military targets, or are deprived of an education until facilities are found elsewhere.

 

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Human Rights Watch Submission on the Philippines to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
August 16, 2016

(HRW) – We write in advance of your upcoming plenary session on the government of the Philippines’ compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Human Rights Watch has extensively documented violations relating to attacks on education and the recruitment and use of child solders, the right to education, the right to health, and the right to work. This submission relates to Articles 10, 12, 13, and 14 of the ICESCR. It proposes issues and questions that Committee members may wish to raise with the government while reviewing its compliance with these articles.

 

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Saudi-led coalition denies targeting Yemeni schools that killed 14 children
August 15, 2016

(CNN) – The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen insist they targeted a militia training camp after airstrikes hit two schools in the north of the country Saturday killing at least 14 children.

 

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Dem pushes US to stop aiding Saudi war in Yemen
August 15, 2016

(The Hill) – A House Democrat is urging the Obama administration to stop assisting Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen following reports that its forces bombed a school. “I have tried numerous times to work with the Administration to stop the United States from assisting Saudi Arabia in their indiscriminate killing of civilians in Yemen. But when Saudi Arabia continues to kill civilians, and in this case children, enough is enough,” Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.), who is also an Air Force Reserve colonel, said in a statement Monday.

 

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Yemen: Airstrike on MSF-Supported Hospital Kills at Least 11, Wounds At Least 19
August 15, 2016

(MSF) – A hospital supported by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in northwestern Yemen was hit by an airstrike today, killing at least 11 people and injuring at least 19.

 

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U.S.-backed Saudi coalition bombs Yemen school, killing 10 children, wounding 28
August 14, 2016

(Salon) – At least 10 children were killed and another 28 were injured in the bombing of a school in Yemen on Saturday.

 

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The 10,000 Kidnapped Boys of Boko Haram
August 12, 2016

(Wall Street Journal) – In a forest of thorn trees somewhere far outside this city, the Boko Haram insurgency ran a boot camp for about 100 boys. Children as young as 5 years old learned to handle assault rifles and march through the woods in flip-flops. Their teacher was only 15.

 

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Celebrating The Potential Of Youth For Lasting Peace And Sustainable Development
August 12, 2016

(Huffington Post) – There are over 1.8 billion people on this planet between the ages of 10 and 24 — the most at any time in history. This figure is a positive sign, for, in all the societies and countries of the world, young women and men are a group that actively looks for opportunities to generate unprecedented change and renewal. But today’s youth are disproportionately concentrated in the poorest and most conflict-impacted countries on Earth. In the world’s 48 least-developed countries, children and youth make up a majority of the population. The dangers of this disparity are profound.

 

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Colombia: Sexual Violence By FARC Guerrillas Exposed
August 11, 2016

(HRW) – “The worst thing is that you can’t have a baby,” Andrea told Human Rights Watch when we interviewed her in 2002. Andrea was describing her time as a 11-year-old girl in the ranks of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas. Two years before we interviewed her, aged just 12, FARC members had terminated Andrea’s pregnancy against her will, after telling her they merely wanted to check on her health. Before leaving office last week, Colombia’s acting Attorney General Jorge Fernando Perdomo announced the results of an investigation by his office into sexual violence in the FARC guerrilla movement. His office documented 232 cases in which boys and girls in FARC ranks suffered sexual crimes at the hands of guerrillas, including 214 girls who were subject to rape, forced sterilization, forced abortion, and other forms of sexual violence. His office also found alleged evidence that the acts of sexual violence were not isolated incidents, but rather guerilla policy handed down by top officials.

 

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