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02 May 2018 description

UN Security Council visits Rakhine State as Myanmar’s Army intensifies attacks on Kachin civilians

11 Oct 2017 description

The "List of Shame": Children and Armed Conflict

Last Thursday, 5 October, the UN Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict was presented to the UN Security Council. Many of the grave violations outlined within the report - including the recruitment of child soldiers, targeting of civilian infrastructure, and indiscriminate use of weapons in civilian areas - constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.

11 Sep 2017 description

Human Rights Council 36th session
Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

11 September 2017

Distinguished President of the Council,
Colleagues, Friends,

As I enter the final year of my current mandate – a year which I will discharge with vigour and determination – I wish to begin with a few short reflections drawn from the past three years.

08 May 2015 description

'There Was A Massive Explosion' - A Landmine Survivor's Story

Kaw Ye Ung stood on a landmine in Myanmar when he was 16. “I went into the bushes to go to the toilet and there was a massive explosion,” he said, “I did not know there were mines there.”

Ung lost both of his legs in the tragic accident, but has a very positive outlook on life:

“I have a tricycle, which makes me mobile, allowing me to travel around the village. The Government and the UN helped me with training and tools, and now I repair televisions for a living.”

24 Jun 2013 description
report ACTED

FOCUS - South and South-East Asia


06 Jul 2012 description

La Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général pour les enfants et les conflits armés, Mme Radhika Coomaraswamy, a présenté devant la presse, cet après-midi, les plans d’action pour la libération et la réinsertion des enfants soldats signés au Myanmar, la semaine dernière, et il y a 15 jours en Somalie.

Mme Coomaraswamy, qui effectuait sa dernière conférence de presse à ce poste, au Siège des Nations Unies, à New York, s’est réjouie d’avoir été le témoin de la signature du Plan d’action pour la libération et la réinsertion des enfants soldats pour le Myanmar.

13 Sep 2011 description


13 September 2011

Hears Statements by Ministers from Myanmar and Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy. It also heard statements by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar and the Minister of Justice and Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

26 Mar 2010 description


26 March 2010

Also Adopts Texts on the Fight against Torture, Sexual Violence against Children, and Protection of Journalists in Situations of Armed Conflict, Among Others

The Human Rights Council this morning adopted seven texts, which included extending the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, and adopting measures on technical assistance and capacity building to Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

09 Mar 2010 description

The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue with the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on arbitrary detention, and the Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons.

08 Dec 2009 description
report European Union


Brussels, 8 December 2009

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

"1. The Council reiterates its firm commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights. In 2009, further action has been taken to continue to implement the EU policy on human rights and democratisation in third countries. Human rights remain a priority of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

23 Sep 2009 description

Ensuring access to water, sanitation, & hygiene in Myanmar, Uganda, & the D.R. Congo

It's a bitter irony that the torrential rains of a tropical cyclone can leave millions of people without a drop of clean water. When Cyclone Nargis ravaged coastal Myanmar-claiming over 80,000 lives-survivors found that their wells and rice paddies were badly contaminated by brackish floodwaters.

27 Mar 2007 description

El "Barómetro" es un informe trimestral editado en castellano y en inglés por el Programa de Conflictos y Construcción de Paz de la Escola de Cultura de Pau de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, que analiza los acontecimientos ocurridos en el mundo a lo largo del trimestre (enero-marzo 2007) a través de ocho apartados: conflictos armados, tensiones, procesos de paz, rehabilitación posbélica, crisis humanitarias, desarme, derechos humanos y dimensión de género en la construcción de la paz.