Civilian protection has been a consistent challenge in the ongoing battle to retake portions of Iraq from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL, and Daesh in Arabic). Civilian deaths and injuries as well as the scale of physical destruction of cities such as Ramadi, Fallujah, Zumar, and Sinjar, and villages and towns across Iraq, highlight the challenges and costs of dislodging a group that embeds itself amongst civilians and rigs cities with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and booby traps.
To Permanent Representatives of member and observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Geneva, 23 February 2017
RE: Renewing the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan and addressing the need for accountability for past and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations in South Sudan
A violent eight-year conflict originating in Nigeria has intensified in the last four years and spread across borders into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, resulting in Africa’s biggest humanitarian and protection crisis.
Monday 23rd January 2017: statement by 97 Syrian and international NGOs on the Astana talks
As peace talks commence today between the Syrian government and opposition groups in Astana, Kazakhstan, at least 700,000 people inside Syria – 300,000 of them children – are trapped in besieged areas without the most basic provisions to sustain their lives, according to the United Nations. Some groups put the number at one million.