Protection and Human Rights

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As Nature of Conflict Changes, Is International Humanitarian Law Still Relevant?

Against the backdrop of appalling violence against civilians in Syria, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic, along with the persistent obstruction of humanitarian aid around the world, international humanitarian law may appear redundant in the twenty-first century. Initially designed with interstate wars in mind, one of the main objectives of this body of law is to limit the effects of conflict on people who are not, or no longer, participating in hostilities, especially civilians.

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Protéger la vie privée des bénéficiaires - Principes et normes opérationnelles pour une utilisation sécurisée des données personnelles dans les programmes de transfert monétaire et électronique

L’utilisation des transferts électroniques dans les programmes de transfert monétaire (PTM) s’est accrue dans la sphère humanitaire ; ces transferts sont de plus en plus reconnus comme un type d’intervention rentable et efficace dans certains contextes d’urgence. En 2011, le Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) a émis des recommandations dans ses recherches sur le thème des transferts électroniques, dans le rapport Les nouvelles technologies dans les programmes de transfert monétaire et l’aide humanitaire (Smith, G. et al, 2011).

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Robustness, Cooperation with Local Forces and the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP)


Both the UN’s Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) and the future development of robust peace operations have caused considerable debate in recent months among practitioners and policy makers. The Center for International Peace Operations undertook to host a group of key UN stakeholders in Berlin with a view to taking stock of the state of these discussions, sharing up-to-date information, collecting open questions and developing policy options.

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Unanimously adopting resolution 2150 (2014), Security Council calls for recommitment to fight against genocide


Security Council
7155th Meeting (AM)

Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda, the Security Council condemned without reservation any denial of the genocide and urged member States to develop educational programmes to help prevent similar events.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2150 (2014), the Council called upon States to recommit to prevent and fight against genocide and other serious crimes under international law.

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CERF Quarterly Update - January - March 2014

The largest allocations were provided to address critical needs in CAR and South Sudan. The donor community has contributed $220.7 million to CERF so far for 2014, one of the largest amounts since its launch in 2006.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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The UN and Casualty Recording: Good Practice and the Need for Action

Jacob Beswick and Elizabeth Minor

This report from the Every Casualty programme explores the current state of casualty recording practice, and use of information about casualties, within the UN.

It concludes that when the UN systematically records the direct civilian casualties of violent conflict, and acts effectively on this information, this can help save civilian lives. However, casualty recording is not currently a widespread practice within the UN system.

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Casualty Recording: Assessing State and United Nations Practices - Joint Summary of Findings and Recommendations

The reports show that neither the UN, nor most states, systematically record and analyse data on the casualties of conflict, despite the evidenced benefits for improved humanitarian response.

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Counting the Cost: Casualty recording practices and realities around the world

AOAV releases today a new report shedding a light on states’ practices to record deaths and injuries in areas affected by conflict and armed violence. To increase interest and understanding of this practice, the Oxford Research Group simultaneously releases a report looking at how the UN has gone about recording casualties of conflict.

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Deadly Environment: The Dramatic Rise in Killings of Environmental and Land Defenders

Global Witness


This report looks at known killings of people defending environmental and land rights. It identifies a clear rise in such deaths from 2002 and 2013 as competition for natural resources intensifies. In the most comprehensive global analysis of the problem on record, we have found that at least 908 people have died in this time. Disputes over industrial logging, mining and land rights are the key drivers, and Latin America and Asia-Pacific particularly hard hit.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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A glimmer of hope for victims of sexual and gender-based crime in Africa

For decades, women and girls in Africa have been victims of rape, sexual slavery and other brutal forms of sexual and gender-based violence. In a continent rife with various forms of conflict, such violence has frequently been used as a weapon of war.

The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Draft Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes, released on 7 February 2014, ushers in new hope for addressing such crimes.

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Children can now lodge complaints with the UN about violations of their rights

GENEVA (14 April 2014) – United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights.

The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, has today (14 April) entered into force following its ratification by the required 10 countries*.

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ACNUR y SICA firman acuerdo estratégico


América Central, 09 de Abril 2014

Fuente: Sistema de la Integracion Centroamericana

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Human Rights Essential to Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Human rights violations are one of the main challenges to achieving equitable, universal and sustainable access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, according to international experts gathered at a side event of the UN Commission on Population and Development.

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CAF y UNICEF unen esfuerzos por garantizar acceso al juego y el deporte a niños y adolescentes de América Latina y el Caribe

Trabajarán para fortalecer las políticas públicas que garanticen a los niños este derecho en sus municipios, tal y como recoge la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño

CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ, 7 de abril de 2014 – El Banco de desarrollo de América Latina (CAF) y el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (UNICEF) firmaron un acuerdo para impulsar de manera conjunta su labor por garantizar el acceso al deporte a las niñas, niños y adolescentes de la región.

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Dallaire Initiative participates in formal launch of DPKO training for peacekeepers in child protection

New York—The Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations, formally launches Train, Act, Protect: A new standard in child protection training for peacekeepers. The launch at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations marks new training that is the product of collaboration between international actors and organizations, including the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

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Amnesty International Fair Trial Manual - Second Edition


Amnesty International releases Manual to fight injustice

A new resource to arm lawyers, defendants and the judiciary with the tools to fight against unfair trials and injustice is published by Amnesty International today.

A practical guide on the internationally agreed standards for fair criminal proceedings, the second edition of the Fair Trial Manual is the first update in more than 15 years.

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Migration Policy Practice (Volume IV, Number 1, February–March 2014)

The new issue of Migration Policy Practice focuses on a broad range of national, regional and global migration policy areas.

International Organization for Migration:

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Challenges facing world population take centre stage at annual UN forum

UN News Service

7 April 2014 – Member States today kicked off a week-long assessment at United Nations Headquarters of action taken over the past 20 years to improve people’s lives and address population issues amid changes in ageing, fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization.

This year’s session of the UN Commission on Population and Development will take stock of the progress and challenges since the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994.