ISLAMABAD: In a statement issued on Sunday, Potohar Organisation for Development Advocacy (PODA) called for an end to child marriages.
Sameena Nazir, the executive director of PODA, said forced and child marriages are very common in rural areas of Pakistan and are a major impediment to girls’ access to education and health.
“According to law, underage marriages are a crime but there is not enough awareness regarding this issue,” she said.
By Ye Myint
8/3/2015 - 02:35 GMT
The Nigerian army has freed 178 people being held hostage by Boko Haram including more than 100 children, it said late Sunday, following a series of deadly attacks by the jihadists in the country's restive northeast.
"During the offensive operations, 178 people held captives by the terrorists were rescued, they include 101 children, 67 women and 10 men respectively," military spokesman Colonel Tukur Gusau said in a statement.
1,081 refugees have been provided with legal counseling and assistance since the beginning of 2015
Three months after the first of the two devastating earthquakes hit Nepal, hundreds of thousands of people affected still require vital humanitarian assistance. With nearly 600,000 houses destroyed and another 280,000 damaged by the quake. With the monsoon approached after the earthquake, all the 14 most affected districts are at increased risk of floods, landslides, avalanches, and public health emergencies. Large portions of the earthquake-affected population are still living in very basic emergency shelters with limited access to safe water supply and hygiene and sanitation facilities.
UN: Act to Empower Women in Conflicts
Enable Political Participation, Improve Services for Rape Victims
(New York) – The United Nations and member countries should tackle problems that women in armed conflict endure around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325, a landmark resolution on women, peace, and security, which the Security Council will debate in October 2015.
1 August 2015 – The top UN children's representative in Myanmar reminded candidates from more than 80 political parties running in historic elections 99 days from today “to make new commitments for children” to improve spending for health, education and social welfare that remains the lowest in the Southeast Asian region.
51 % of the casualties are women and children
During this month, the rate of targeted women and children by government forces has increased significantly. The percentage of targeting civilians has reached 51%, which is strong indicator that government forces deliberately and indiscriminately targets civilians.
At the invitation of the Government of the Philippines I conducted an official visit between 21 and 31 July 2015. At the outset I would like to sincerely thank the Government of the Philippines for its cooperation with my mandate during the preparation and conduct of my visit.
Dover, United Kingdom | AFP | Saturday 8/1/2015 - 02:45 GMT
by Robin MILLARD
For the hundreds of migrants who make it across the English Channel, a stark detention centre in a former fortress overlooking the sea often represents the bitter end of a long journey.
Recent arrivals have been bussed in to the Dover Immigration Removal Centre, a former citadel which looms above the port and is surrounded by a moat, high fencing, barbed wire and security cameras.
Over the hot summer months UNICEF is continuing to provide a water, sanitation and hygiene response in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. In Syria UNICEF, with sector partners, is supporting water access in areas where control of water is increasingly being used in the war in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Aleppo and Dara governorates. UNICEF is providing water trucking, rehabilitation of wells and fuel to power systems.
31 July 2015 – The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has engaged in widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds in Syria and Iraq, brutally forcing some 8 million people to “assimilate, flee or face death,” according to a United Nations expert.
“These violations may amount to genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and widespread attacks on the civilian population,” according to Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.
As at 29 July 2015, Kakuma had received 46,315 asylum seekers from South Sudan. The transit centre has been temporary closed due to insecurity at the border.