The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has today contacted all Government members urging them to support Senate legislative amendments aimed at freeing children from immigration detention.
RCOA chief executive officer Paul Power said his organisation was appealing to the Prime Minister and his Government to follow the example of the Howard Government which acted in 2005 to release all children from immigration detention centres.
B’Tselem sent a letter to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding a cessation of the use of lethal force against people who either harmed, tried to harm, or were suspected of trying to harm others, once they no longer posed any danger. The letter demanded an end to the horrific string of summary street executions.
In the letter, B’Tselem Executive Director, Hagai El-Ad, wrote:
Amy Le Compte is a midwife from Gisborne in New Zealand. She has just returned from a six-month assignment in MSF Women's Hospital in Peshawar, in the north of Pakistan where, along with daily maternity work, she supported the launch of a new community outreach program to enable access to quality maternity care for poor and marginalised populations.
In the face of the global El Nino and other crises, leaders at the national, regional and international levels have an unprecedented opportunity and responsibility to address the underlying causes of food insecurity and guarantee that the most vulnerable children and communities get a head start through an immediate, effective, global response to prevent loss of life and livelihoods.
Plan International is responding to the needs of children as the impacts of the weather phenomenon El Niño worsen. In the Horn of Africa, where the impact is severe, it’s not just food that’s running out - it’s time.
Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda, are expected to be worst affected, leaving children at risk of death, malnutrition, trauma and emotional distress.
By Stambuli Kim, Zimbabwe Red Cross Society
Life has not been fair for 18-year-old Micho Gatsi, an orphan who stays in the flood prone and drought stricken Mukombwe village, 340 kilometres north of Zimbabwe’s capital.
He had to drop out of school in grade 3 as his peasant parents could not afford tuition fees. He then lost his parents to HIV/AIDS three years ago. Since then, he has been faced with the daunting task of fending for this 14-year-old brother, all by himself.
By Indrias Getachew Kassaye
After losing his parents and siblings to the Ebola virus, a boy longs to get back to school – even if his school uniform has grown too short.
PATE BANA MARANK, Sierra Leone, 25 November 2015 – John Kamara is growing fast, as he should be at 13 years old. But as the delayed second school term resumes across Sierra Leone, the one school uniform John owns no longer fits.
Summary of changes to the Emergency Plan of Action:
Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050 - UNICEF
NEW YORK/LUSAKA, Zambia, 26 November 2015 – If current levels persist, the total number of child brides in Africa will rise from 125 million to 310 million by 2050, according to a UNICEF report released at the African Union Girls Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, today.
Nepal continues to struggle from the combined effects of chronic food insecurity and undernutrition, high rates of poverty and an uncertain poilitical transition following the 10 year conflict. In April and May 2015, Nepal was hit by two major earthquakes. The Kathmandu Valley and parts of the mid-hill areas remain subject to aftershocks.
Regional Communications Officer
Office of the Spokesperson
November 25, 2015
Myth: All Syrian refugees are dangerous.
Fact: 2,234 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United States since October 1, 2010 (the beginning of fiscal year 2011), and only after the most extensive level of security screening of any category of traveler to the United States. None have been arrested or removed on terrorism charges.
Refugees are not terrorists. Many refugees are victims of terrorists.
54th & 55th Meetings (AM & PM)
For the first time since 2009, delegates today requested a recorded vote on a draft resolution on the rights of the child, as the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) sent a package of 13 texts to the General Assembly on a range of issues, from preventing violence and women migrant workers to involving youth in paving a way to a sustainable future.
56th Meeting (AM)
Culminating a session that saw intense debate on a range of issues, from the rights of the child to States’ responsibilities to protect refugees, the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) concluded its work today, approving a draft resolution on human rights defenders, which will be included in a package of 62 texts expected to be taken up by the General Assembly in December.
The Sudan Consortium has been working with a trusted group of local Sudanese partners who have been working on the ground in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile since the current conflict began in 2011. Some of these partners have now constituted a local organisation, the National Human Rights Monitors Organisation (NHRMO). Unless otherwise cited, information in this report, including all photos, were gathered by these monitors.
Author: Kieran Guilbert
DAKAR, Nov 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's worst recorded Ebola outbreak and militant violence in West Africa may have shut down schools across the region but governments should see conflict and crisis as an opportunity to reform and improve education, an expert said on Wednesday.
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THE EU AND NEPAL
The EU and Nepal are partners and friends. Education, sustainable rural development and democratic governance are our main fields of cooperation in which we will invest €360 million during the period of 2014¬-2020 in supporting Nepal’s vision to transform into a more prosperous democratic country with better opportunities for all. The recent earthquakes have dramatically reminded us that natural disasters are a constant threat to achieving these goals.
One of the world's worst man-made humanitarian crises continues to unfold in South Sudan. After more than 20 months of fighting, a peace agreement was signed in August, but there is still no sign of peace in the country.
More than 2.2 million people are displaced due to the civil war. They have fled both within South Sudan and to neighbouring countries. The majority of refugees are children.
- The overall nutrition situation remains critical with Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) prevalence above the emergency thresholds in the conflict affected areas. More than 230 000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
- An estimated 30 000 people in Unity State who are already experiencing catastrophic food insecurity are of extreme concern. The situation could potentially deteriorate into famine unless urgent humanitarian assistance can be provided.