(United Nations Meetings Coverage and Press Releases) – The Security Council today reiterated its strong condemnation of the recruitment and use of children by parties to armed conflict, as well as their killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence. Issuing presidential statement S/PRST/2017/21 at its debate on children and armed conflict, the Council […]

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(SCR) – This is Security Council Report’s (SCR) eighth research report dedicated to tracking the UN Security Council’s involvement with the issue of children and armed conflict. This report covers key developments during 2016 and through mid-October 2017. It pays particular attention to the role of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, with an […]

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(Al-Fanar Media) – Fifteen teenagers ran after a balloon in the courtyard. Eight girls jumped rope with a white plastic cord. Other young people were running to and fro. The youths were playing on a free day at a training center of the Union of Technicians for Unemployed Young People (Union des Techniciens en Faveur des Jeunes Désoeuvrés), […]

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(UNOCHA) – In Chad, 4.7 million people – or one third of the population – are acutely vulnerable and need humanitarian assistance to get by. This is due to forced displacement and chronic drought, combined with pervasive poverty and institutional fragility. Amid these challenges, refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and the host communities who are their […]

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(The Canadian Press ) – Canada has been quietly championing an initiative aimed at preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers, which is expected to be unveiled at a major peacekeeping summit in Vancouver next month. Australia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gillian Bird, revealed the initiative in New York on Wednesday while addressing a UN special […]

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(OCHA) –  Forced displacement and humanitarian needs have sharply risen in the Central African Republic as inter-communal violence has spread over the past 12 months, including to previously unaffected parts of the country. UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has travelled to CAR to highlight the peacekeeping and protection needs there. “This visit is a visit of solidarity […]

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(Reuters) – Children are starving to death in Central African Republic because violence has forced aid workers to pull out, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the country said on Tuesday. Four years after a conflict began between Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian “anti-balaka” militias, Central African Republic had seemed calm in the early part of the […]

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(HRW) – Armed groups in the Central African Republic have used rape and sexual slavery as a tactic of war across the country during nearly five years of conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Commanders have tolerated widespread sexual violence by their forces and, in some cases, appear to have ordered it or committed […]

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(OSRSG-CAAC) – Boys and girls living in countries affected by armed conflict have been victims of widespread violations in 2016, as documented in the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict released today and covering the period from January to December 2016. The alarming scale and severity of violations against children in 2016 – including […]

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(OHCHR) – The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its interactive dialogue with Marie-Therese Keita-Bocoum, Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic. In the discussion, several delegations voiced concern about the alarming increase in violence in the Central African Republic, which included targeted attacks against civilians, and humanitarian facilities.  Many attacks […]

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