Israeli soldiers “mistakenly” shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian
June 22, 2016

(DCI-Palestine) – Israeli soldiers “mistakenly” shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian, and injured four others, early Tuesday near the West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Tahta. Six teenage cousins and a driver were in a car heading home around 1:30 a.m. after a night of family fun at a swimming pool in the nearby West Bank village of Beit Sira. Israeli soldiers opened fire on them as they drove through an underpass beneath Route 443, Daoud Isam Daoud Abu Hasan, 14, one of the cousins, told Defense for Children International – Palestine.

 

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‘Searchlight of international scrutiny’ must focus on crimes of sexual violence in conflict – UN deputy chief
June 21, 2016

(UN News Centre) – Addressing an event commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today stressed the importance of prevention and early response efforts, as well as the need to shift shame and stigma from victims to perpetrators. In conflicts around the world, women and girls, men and boys, are subjected to horrendous acts of sexual violence. These acts, rape, sexual slavery, forced marriage, and sexual torture, constitute abhorrent violations of human rights and human dignity.

 

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UN Panel Reports on ISIS Crimes on Yezidis
June 21, 2016

(HRW) – The “unimaginable horrors” that the Islamic State (ISIS) is committing against the minority Yezidis, documented in a report released on June 16 by the UN-mandated Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the Syrian Arab Republic, shows the urgent need for concrete steps to ensure justice for these crimes. In August 2014, ISIS fighters overran Yezidi towns and villages around Sinjar, in northwestern Iraq, executing many men and capturing women and girls. Their intent soon became clear in slave markets ISIS set up in Mosul and elsewhere, where they sold the women and girls to their fighters into sexual or domestic slavery.

 

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With its Caliphate Faltering, Islamic State Rushes to Indoctrinate Children
June 20, 2016

(Voice of America) – Despite stinging military defeats and enormous financial strains, Islamic State (IS) is working to imprint a lasting legacy on children through increasing in-classroom training in areas it controls and an aggressive social media campaign. In its self-proclaimed caliphate, IS is schooling thousands of children in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other places in radical, anti-Western thought and ways of terror, VOA has found in interviews with activists, local officials and analysts.

 

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Record 65 Million Displaced by Global Conflicts, U.N. Says
June 20, 2016

(New York Times) – More people are on the run than ever before in recorded history, the United Nations said in a report released Monday. They include those fleeing marauders in South Sudan, drug gangs in Central America, and the Islamic State in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Falluja. While most are displaced within their own countries, an unprecedented number are seeking political asylum in the world’s rich countries. Nearly 100,000 are children who have attempted the journey alone.

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Situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar
June 20, 2016

(OHCHR) – The present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 29/21, examines the situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar. It analyzes patterns of human rights violations and abuses, particularly discrimination, and concludes with recommendations on measures to be taken by the Government to improve the situation of minorities in Myanmar.

 

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EU: Don’t Send Syrians Back to Turkey
June 20, 2016

(HRW) – Delays in registration and limited implementation of temporary protection policies in Turkey mean that many Syrian refugees are left without effective protection or access to jobs and services that they desperately need, Human Rights Watch said today. As long as Turkey remains burdened by overwhelming numbers of refugees and unable to provide sufficient protection and security for all, the European Union should not be sending Syrian refugees back to Turkey. “As Turkey is host to over two million Syrian refugees it is hardly surprising that many are not getting the support they desperately need to maintain livelihoods,” said Stephanie Gee, fellow in the refugee rights program at Human Rights Watch. “The EU is morally, and indeed legally, obliged to share some of the refugee burden by not sending Syrian refugees back to Turkey without assessing their asylum claims.

 

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School a distant dream for ‘lumad’
June 19, 2016

(Inquirer) – In a makeshift classroom with sawali (woven bamboo slats) walls, Manobo children smiled as they listened to a boy read the story of the Monkey and the Turtle. But noise from passing vehicles and the din of voices of other children in an adjoining room kept drowning the reader’s voice, and the listeners lost track of the narrative. The children belong to Manobo families who sought shelter at the Haran compound of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Davao City.

 

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Central African Republic: Raped and Abandoned as War Rages
June 19, 2016

(HRW) – The attack started while she was drawing water for her family. “Sophie,” then 20 years old, was returning to her home in Bambari, in Central African Republic (CAR), when she heard that the Seleka, mostly Muslim fighters who had ousted the previous government, had burned down her family’s house. Sophie fled into the bush with four other young women. When they ran into a group of Seleka, she remembered, the men “started clapping their hands, showing joy.” They took Sophie and the others to a makeshift base in the bush, where they raped them repeatedly and forced them to do domestic chores. “Sometimes we prepared food, or did laundry,” she told me when I met her in May. “Sometimes when you were cooking, they would come and three of them would rape you. They did that three or four times a day—several men, different men.”

 

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South Sudan: The vulnerable people of Malakal
June 19, 2016

(Newshub) – A group of soldiers seek respite from the heat under the shade of a Neem tree. One of them is slumped on a rusty old chair. An AK47 is slung across his chest.Buildings are burnt and broken. The shells of burnt out vehicles line the roadside. We’ve arrived in Malakal in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region. Once one of the country’s major trading centres, it’s now a heavily militarised zone controlled by government forces.
Schools have become shelters for the homeless. Food and water is in short supply.

 

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