(Terre des Hommes) – The European Union must cease using development money to send children back into horrific conditions in Libya, said Terre des Hommes as the African Union – European Union Summit begins today (29 November 2017). Children on boats intercepted by Libyan coastguards are being transported back to squalid detention centres, where they are […]

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(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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(Al Jazeera) – Air strikes by unknown forces in the Libyan city of Derna have left seven children badly injured and in need of urgent medical treatment. Security sources in Derna claim Egyptian fighter jets carried out the strikes in support of renegade General Khalifa Haftar. Haftar’s spokesman denied the reports. Link

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(UNICEF MENA) – “UNICEF welcomes the release of 125 children associated with armed conflict in Zintan, northwest of Libya, with support from the Zintan municipal Council. “Recruitment of children is a grave violation of children’s rights, and one that has irreparable and lifelong consequences. We encourage other councils across Libya to follow suit. Link

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(UNICEF) – Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have put in jeopardy the health of 24 million children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Sudan. Damage to health infrastructure is depriving children of essential health care. Water and sanitation services have been compromised, causing waterborne diseases to spread while […]

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(Human Rights Watch) – Civilians have been trapped for months in a neighborhood of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, by fighting between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and Islamist militias that form the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC). All sides to the conflict in Benghazi should allow all civilians to leave the Ganfouda neighborhood, and […]

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(MSF) – Since Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) launched search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean Sea last year, its teams have rescued more than 25,000 people from boats in distress. Regardless of their country of origin or their reasons for trying to reach European shores, almost everyone rescued from this stretch of water […]

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(OSRSG-CAAC) – Municipal leaders in Libya are taking action to better protect children from the impact of armed conflict. In February, the Municipal Council of Al Zintan, a city located about 130 km southwest of Tripoli, and one of the largest in the region, agreed to work with UNICEF to facilitate the release of children under 18 […]

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(UNSMIL) – UNICEF’s Special Representative in Libya, Dr. Ghassan Khalil, has commended the decision of Al Zintan’s Municipal Council for the release, rehabilitaton and reintegration of any child under 18, involved in the armed conflict, and the establishment of a rehabilitation centre in the city that will also serve adults who as children were involved previously […]

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(OHCHR) – A UN report* published on Thursday has documented widespread violations and abuses committed in Libya since the beginning of 2014. The report recommends urgent measures to fight against impunity and to strengthen and reform the justice sector. “Despite the human rights situation in Libya, the country only sporadically makes the headlines. A multitude of actors […]

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