Protection and Human Rights

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23 May 2015 description

Joint statement on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and on the involvement of children in armed conflict

New York/Geneva, 22 May 2015 – On Monday, 25th May, the world celebrates the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC).

22 May 2015 description
report UN Security Council


7447e séance – matin

Six États, dont les trois membres africains, s’abstiennent de voter en faveur d’une résolution dont le libellé ignore le problème posé par les transferts d’armes à des acteurs non étatiques

22 May 2015 description
report UN Security Council


7447th Meeting (AM)

Members Underscore Suffering Caused to Most Vulnerable Populations

The Security Council this morning adopted a text urging stronger cooperation in stemming the “illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of small arms and light weapons, underlining the suffering they caused to civilians, although six members abstained, citing insufficient attention to keeping arms from all non-State actors.

21 May 2015 description
report UN News Service

Gordon Brown explains the importance of providing education for young people in crisis situations. Credit: UN News Centre

21 May 2015 – The United Nations education envoy told journalists in New York today that “shocking figures” relating to the position of children in emergency situations underlined the need for a new humanitarian fund to ensure the education of millions of children.

21 May 2015 description
report IRIN

LONDON, 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - The US government on Wednesday released a tranche of declassified documents revealing some of Osama bin Laden’s inner thoughts, including on climate change and aid.

His views on humanitarianism have attracted a fair degree of mockery. Few will look for advice on compassion from a man who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks in 2001 that killed more than 3,000 people in New York.

Yet for humanitarian organisations seeking to deliver aid to needy people in areas where militant Islamist militants hold sway, there are lessons to learn:

21 May 2015 description

GENEVA (21 May 2015) – A group of United Nations human rights experts welcomed the Malaysian, Indonesian and Thai leaders’ decision not to pushback migrants and asylum seekers arriving in their territorial waters. They also urged the international community to assist the countries affected by supporting financially and materially their efforts to protect the human rights of all migrants.

21 May 2015 description
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Rule of Law Global Programme Annual Report 2014

The rule of law lies at the centre of the relationship between society and the state. Measures to establish or strengthen the rule of law are the basis for creating accountability among people as well as between citizens and their governments. Since 2008, UNDP has been a leader in supporting the rule of law in countries affected by crisis through its Global Programme to Strengthen the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations.

21 May 2015 description
report Council of Europe

Reply1 to Recommendation 2056 (2014)

Committee of Ministers

  1. The Committee of Ministers has carefully examined Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2056 (2014) on “The alternatives to immigration detention of children”, which it has communicated to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) and to the Committee of Experts on the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2019) (DECS-ENF), for information and possible comments.

21 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Anti-Smuggling Operation Bound by Human Rights Law

(Brussels, May 21, 2015) – European Union military action against human smuggling networks should not put the lives and rights of migrants and asylum seekers in jeopardy, Human Rights Watch said today. The Council of the European Union agreed on May 18, 2015, to create a naval operation, EUNAVFOR Med, to identify, capture, and destroy boats used by smugglers in the Mediterranean.

20 May 2015 description
report AlertNet

By Kieran Guilbert

LONDON, May 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new app presenting warfare scenarios, from helping the wounded to enrolling young people as militants, aims to raise awareness among rebel groups of the "law of war" in order to protect civilians during conflict.

The app "Fighter, not Killer", available in English, French and Arabic, takes the form of a quiz on the international rules of war, including the use of certain weapons and protecting children at times of conflict.

20 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin is a United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

UNITED NATIONS, May 20 2015 (IPS) - Seventy years ago, with the founding of the United Nations, all nations reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, and in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.

20 May 2015 description

Geneva - IOM has welcomed the commitment by Indonesia and Malaysia to allow thousands of migrants – currently abandoned at sea by smugglers – to come ashore and receive life-saving assistance.

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said today in Geneva: “We commend the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, in particular, for committing to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the some 7,000 irregular migrants still at sea.”

20 May 2015 description


By Mark Lattimer and Derek Verbakel

The 2015 release of the Peoples under Threat index marks the 10th year that Peoples under Threat has sought to identify those communities around the world that are most at risk of genocide, mass political killing or systematic violent repression.

A number of the countries which rose most sharply in the index last year, including Syria,
Yemen and Ukraine, saw escalating violence over the course of 2014–15 and the killing, in total, of tens of thousands of civilians.

20 May 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Le manque de contrôle et de protection entrave l’accès à la justice

20 May 2015 description

Attacks on Health Facilities, Staff, Patients

Lack of Monitoring, Protection, Justice Impede Access

20 May 2015 description

DOHA: The Third International Forum for Humanitarian Work began in Doha on May 19 amid warnings from the OIC that the humanitarian situation in several Muslim countries is worsening and that growing numbers of refugees are causing state institutes to collapse.

During his speech at the opening of the forum, Ambassador Hesham Youssef, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs at the OIC, said that humanitarian action today has become more difficult and that the world is more volatile.

19 May 2015 description

Vienna, 19 May 2015 - The following is a statement by Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director:

Women and girls continue to be killed in large numbers around the world. Based on estimates from UNODC at least 43,000 women were murdered by their intimate partners or family members in 2012.

19 May 2015 description

Every Newborn Action Plan Progress Report, Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality launch at 68th World Health Assembly

Countries taking bold steps to end preventable newborn deaths within a generation; framework for ending maternal mortality released

19 May 2015 description
report European Union


The number of illegal border crossings in the Western Balkans region rose by 65 per cent last year to 66 000, with two-thirds of the detections on the Hungarian-Serbian border. The surge of migrants across this border section was so high that at one point in December it accounted for more than half of all illegal border crossings at the EU’s external borders.

19 May 2015 description
report European Union


In 2014, only 0.5% of all illegal border-crossings reported by EU Member States at the external borders took place at the 6 000-kilometre-long eastern borders of the EU, totalling 1 275.

Meanwhile, the economic downturn in Russia led to a decline in regular traffic flows at EU Member States’ borders with the country, with the weakening rouble reducing the number of Russian travellers and shoppers crossing the EU borders. This trend was the most pronounced near the end of last year.