Unless the needs and rights of the more than eight million Syrian children are addressed, an entire generation will be lost, along with decades of development progress,UNICEF warns in a new report ) that calls on the international community to protect the youngest civilians amidst “a children's crisis.”
The United Nations has reported that Afghan hostilities in 2015 left more than 3,500 civilians dead, including an unprecedented number of children – one in four casualties over the past year was a child – and nearly 7,500 others wounded, making this the highest number of civilian casualties recorded.
Child protection systems across Europe are overwhelmed as the rate of youngsters in the flood of refugees and migrants has soared to one in three compared with one in 10 less than a year ago, the UN warned yesterday, calling for strengthened steps to prevent exploitation and abuse.
Following the WCC/UNl conference on the refugee crisis in Europe at the Ecumenical Centre Geneva on 18-19 January, a statement has been issued entitled "Europe’s Response to the Refuge Crisis, From Origin to Transit, Reception and Refuge, A Call for Shared Responsibility and Coordinated Action”.
A High-Level Conference of governments, United Nations agencies and civil society organisations in Geneva, including churches and faith-based organisations, has underlined the need for urgent action to strengthen coordination and cooperation in Europe's response to the refugee and migrant crisis.
The Howard League for Penal Reform responded yesterday (12 January) to an investigation by the BBC television programme Panorama into allegations of child abuse at Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent.
Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell has created a new children’s picture book for Amnesty International, with 16 simple illustrations of the protections contained in the Human Rights Act. The collaboration marks a rare intervention by a laureate in a contentious issue.