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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Somalia: Using traditional law in dialogues with armed groups
November 10, 2014

(ICRC) - The main sources of international humanitarian law (IHL) are international treaty and customary law. In addition, domestic traditional law can improve the protection of victims of armed conflict. The ICRC’s online Customary IHL Database was recently updated with the practice of five additional countries: Denmark, Djibouti, Poland, Tajikistan and Somalia. Omar Odeh, deputy head of the ICRC’s delegation in Somalia, explains the importance of such traditional law.

 

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UN mission finds no evidence confirming alleged mass rapes in north Darfur town
November 10, 2014

(UN News Centre) – After being granted access yesterday to investigate allegations of the mass rape of 200 women and girls in a town in North Darfur, Sudan, the African Union-United Nations hybrid mission has said that its team found no evidence confirming the claims and received no information regarding the purported acts. In a press statement today, the African Union–UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), said that, after receiving access, its verification team – which included representatives from police, military and civilian components – spent several hours yesterday touring Tabit village and interviewed a range of the residents, to ascertain the veracity of media reports this past week alleging the mass rapes.

 

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Attacks on children ‘horrific reminder’ of terrible price they pay in conflict – UNICEF
November 7, 2014

(UN News Centre) – Two deadly attacks on children in Ukraine and Syria on the same day this week serve as a “horrific reminder” of the terrible price youngsters are paying in these brutal wars, the United Nations children’s agency said today as it urged all conflict parties to keep children out of harm’s way. In Syria, an attack on the Al Hayat Primary School in the district of Qaboun in eastern Damascus on Wednesday killed 11 children and injured many more, reported UNICEF’s country representative, Hanaa Singer.

 

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Syria: ISIS Tortured Kobani Child Hostages
November 4, 2014

(Human Rights Watch) - Kurdish children from the Syrian city of Kobani (or Ain al-`Arab in Arabic) were tortured and abused while detained by Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today. Four children gave detailed accounts of the suffering they endured while held for four months with about 100 other children. The children, aged 14 to 16, were among 153 Kurdish boys whom ISIS abducted on May 29, 2014, as they traveled home to Kobani. According to Syrian Kurdish officials and media reports, ISIS released the last 25 of the children on October 29. Interviewed one by one in Turkey, where they had fled to safety after ISIS released them in late September, the four boys described enduring repeated beatings with a hose and electric cable, as well as being forced to watch videos of ISIS beheadings and attacks.

 

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Islamic State slaughters 50 Sunni tribesmen, women and children in Iraq
November 3, 2014

(The Sydney Morning Herald) - Islamic State militants have carried out their third massacre of Iraqi Sunni tribesmen, women and children in four days, shooting dead 50 people from the al-Bunimr tribe as punishment for resisting their Islamist insurgency. The latest attack, which brings to at least 322 the number of al-Bunimr members killed by the Islamic State in just two weeks, took place in the village of Ras al-Maa in the north of Ramadi, the Iraqi Human Rights Ministry said on Sunday.

 

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