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Over 8 Million Children Affected by Conflict in Syria

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Over 8 Million Children Affected by Conflict in Syria

An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children – have been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report. This figure includes 306,000 children born as refugees since 2011. In total, UNICEF estimates that some 8.4 [...]

South Sudan: UN Report on Killings and Rapes

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South Sudan: UN Report on Killings and Rapes

A new report on South Sudan published Friday by the UN Human Rights Office describes “in searing detail” a multitude of horrendous human rights violations, including a Government-operated “scorched earth policy,” and deliberate targeting of civilians for killing, rape and pillage. Although all parties to the conflict have committed patterns of serious and systematic violence [...]

Is War-Torn Syria Ready for the Elections?

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Is War-Torn Syria Ready for the Elections?

The United Nations believes that after nearly six years of conflict, Syria will have the democratic elections in the next 18 months, which will virtually bring an end to the Bashar al-Assad regime. UN Special Envoy for Syria announced Wednesday that ‘substantive’ UN-mediated peace talks will begin next Monday, as humanitarian aid convoys continue to [...]

UN Peacekeepers Face Sexual Abuse Allegations

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UN Peacekeepers Face Sexual Abuse Allegations

With 99 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse uncovered by the United Nations in 2015 – 69 of these in countries where peacekeeping operations are deployed – the Organization presented its latest report Friday on special measures to protect people from these crimes. Last December, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged to urgently review recommendations made by [...]

South Sudan: Call for End to Civilian Suffering

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South Sudan: Call for End to Civilian Suffering

The United Nations deputy humanitarian chief on Friday called on all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to protect civilians and grant safe and unhindered humanitarian access as she wrapped up a two-day visit to the African country. Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, accompanied UN Secretary-General Ban [...]

Russia, US Agree to End Hostilities in Syria

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Russia, US Agree to End Hostilities in Syria

President of Russia Vladimir Putin said in an address Monday that Russia and the US have agreed to work together for the cessation of hostilities in Syria. Earlier, Putin had a telephone conversation with the US President Barack Obama on the subject. Both Russia and the US have adopted a joint statement as co-chairs of [...]

Syria Reduced to Ruins: UN Human Rights Panel

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Syria Reduced to Ruins: UN Human Rights Panel

As the Syrian conflict is entering its sixth year, civilians are bearing the brunt of intensifying hostilities conducted by an ever-increasing number of warring parties, with aerial bombardments by pro-Government forces leaving “few safe places,” a new United Nations-mandated report has found. The new report of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, a body mandated [...]

Hospitals and Schools Attacked in Northern Syria

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Hospitals and Schools Attacked in Northern Syria

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) executive director Anthony Lake said Monday he is “appalled” by reports of attacks against four medical facilities in Syria, two of which are supported by UNICEF. In a press statement, Mr. Lake said one of the facilities is a child and maternal hospital where children were reportedly killed and scores [...]

Coalition Military Forces Attack ISIS Terrorists

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Coalition Military Forces Attack ISIS Terrorists

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported Sunday. Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria Fighter [...]

Food Crisis Looms Over South Sudan: UN

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Food Crisis Looms Over South Sudan: UN

South Sudan faces unprecedented levels of food insecurity, with 2.8 million people, nearly 25 per cent of the population, in urgent need of aid, at least 40,000 of them on the brink of catastrophe, at a time when the war-torn country is traditionally most food secure, United Nations agencies warned Monday. “It is not only [...]

UNICEF Launches $2.8 Billion Appeal for Children

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UNICEF Launches $2.8 Billion Appeal for Children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced Tuesday the launch of a $2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide, with for the first time ever the largest portion of the appeal – 25 per cent – going towards their education. “Millions of children are being robbed of their education,” said [...]

Children Facing Death Penalty in Iran: Amnesty

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Children Facing Death Penalty in Iran: Amnesty

Scores of youths in Iran are languishing on death row for crimes committed under the age of 18, said Amnesty International in a new report published Tuesday. The report, according to Amnesty, debunks recent attempts by Iran’s authorities to whitewash their continuing violations of children’s rights and deflect criticism of their appalling record as one [...]