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United Nations: conflict disrupts education for two million children

A classroom in Sana’a, heavily damaged during an air strike that hit the building next to the school. Photo: UNICEF/ Mohammed Mahmoud

24 July 2015 – With intensive bombardments and street fighting in Yemen forcing more than 3,600 schools across the country to close and disrupting education for some 1.8 million children, the top United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official there appealed today to the warring parties to respect the safety of schools. 190 more words

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UN Human Rights Committee criticizes Canada's HR Policy

UN Human Rights Committee criticizes Canada’s record on asylum-seekers, missing and murdered Aboriginal women, mining companies and anti-terrorism legislation.

Opposition parties vow they’ll do a better job of prioritizing human rights obligations if they come to power after the federal election expected Oct. 600 more words

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Saudi-led coalition announces 5-day humanitarian truce

Photo: WHO, Yemen

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been delivering water to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Al-Dhalea governorate, Yemen, are suffering from a shortage. 471 more words

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Lesvos: holiday paradise, refugee crisis converge

No place for children: makeshift site in Lesvos with an estimated 5,000 refugees.

Despite their own economic woes, the inhabitants of the Greek holiday island are generously caring for the boatloads of people fleeing Syria. 235 more words

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Canada backsliding on human rights

What is the UN human rights committee?

The UN Human Rights Committee is composed of 18 human rights and legal experts from across the globe, including the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Japan and Canada. 431 more words

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27 aid workers killed in S. Sudan since conflict started


UBA, South Sudan (AP) — A top UN official says he is deeply shocked at the killing and harassment of aid workers in South Sudan. 136 more words

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Nigerian refugees flee votile border zone in Cameroon

Newly-arrived Nigerian refugees register with UNHCR officials at Minawao Camp, northern Cameroon.

GENEVA, July 21 (UNHCR) –Violence and insecurity have continued to affect population movements in northern Nigeria and neighbouring countries, the UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday (July 21). 197 more words

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