Posts Tagged ‘armed conflict’

April 6, 2011

United Nations Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy is now in the Philippines to follow up on UN recommendations to protect children in areas of armed conflict. This is from a statement made by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) on Tuesday.

“Coomaraswamy will be here until April 9 to meet with different sectors and discuss specific plans in promoting the rights of children in conflict areas and preventing the recruitment of minors by armed groups,” the OPAPP said. (more…)

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Ban Ki-moon’s latest announcement urging support for Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government could not have come at more desperate time with hundreds of thousands continuing to face vulnerability due to displacement, violence and drought…

Source: United Nations News Service

Date: 31 Jan 2011

31 January 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to assist Somalia’s transitional Government in its effort to initiate reconciliation with other political and armed groups that renounce the use of violence in favour of the formation of local civil administrations. (more…)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for more robust measures to protect civilians caught in the middle of armed conflict, noting the “appalling levels of human suffering” endured due to the failure of combatants to fully respect international law.

“Civilians still account for the vast majority of casualties and continue to be targeted and subjected to indiscriminate attacks and other violations by parties to conflict,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. (more…)

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