(UNICEF) – Despite global progress, 1 in 12 children worldwide live in countries where their prospects today are worse than those of their parents, according to a UNICEF analysis conducted for World Children’s Day. According to the analysis, 180 million children live in 37 countries where they are more likely to live in extreme poverty, be […]

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(DNA) – The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict has reported that children are being recruited and used by non-state armed groups (NSAGs) in India, in particular, in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. The report, however, clarifies that due to the restrictions on access, the recruitment of child soldiers in India could not […]

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(Hindustan Times) – When children of her age ought to have been solving simple arithmetical problems, Sara (name changed) was learning guerrilla warfare in the dense jungles of western Jharkhand with men and women more than twice her age. Taken away forcibly from her parents in Lohardaga by then dreaded Maoist zonal head, Nakul Yadav’s guerrilla […]

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(Al Jazeera) – They screamed and cried as they watched the fire spread in the darkness. Residents of three neighbouring villages rushed from their homes with buckets of water. But they couldn’t save the school. All that was left was ash. The benches and chairs were charred. The windows were shattered. “When the firemen finally arrived, […]

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(Human Rights Watch) – On Sunday, arsonists set on fire a school in southern Kashmir, the latest arson attack that has targeted nearly 25 schools in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Anti-government protests and the government’s heavy-handed response have created an atmosphere of turmoil. These schools, most of them government-run institutions, were attacked in the middle […]

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(Geneva Call) – On 2nd March 2015, the Zomi Re-Unification Organisation (ZRO) signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitmentprotecting children in armed conflict. In signing this Deed the ZRO publicly asserts its commitment to respect the highest international standards in terms of child protection in armed conflict. It includes the prohibition to recruit child soldiers and use under-18 […]

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(Human Rights Watch) – India should carry out the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to improve protection for children affected by armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said today. The Child Rights Committee made its recommendations to India public on June 19, 2014, in Geneva. Non-state armed groups should halt their recruitment […]

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