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SRSG Zerrougui statement on Protecting Education from Attack

Jun 25, 2015 News, United Nations , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments are off

Photos by: Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire Geneva, Switzerland, June 24 2015 The full spectrum of parties-to-conflict puts schools and universities to use for a multitude of self-serving purposes, including as barracks, or training grounds – even as weapons stores or defensive positions. While some claim there is a military logic to using schools, Governments and military commanders must also be cognizant of the grave repercussions such commandeering has on children’s right to education. At worst, it can turn the school into an immediate target, thereby endangering the lives of any children in the vicinity, and risking structural damage from weapons fire that [Read More]

Samantha Power on the Downing of an UNMISS Helicopter in South Sudan

Aug 27, 2014 News, Security Council, United Nations , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Photo by Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the August 26 downing of a UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) helicopter outside Bentiu, in northern South Sudan. Of the four Russian crew members on board, three were killed and one was injured. We extend our deepest condolences to their families and to the Russian Federation, which for several years has provided invaluable helicopters and personnel to UNMISS, without which peacekeepers would struggle to move around an extremely challenging conflict area. We welcome the UN’s announcement that it will conduct a full investigation, and call on [Read More]

UN Security Council Demands Gaza Cease-Fire

Aug 16, 2014 News, Security Council, United Nations , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Photo By Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire US Ambassador Samantha Power took part in a UN Security Council meeting this week regarding the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The group was discussing the situation in the middle east, including the Palestinian question. On Sunday, the group agreed on a statement that called for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian case-fire” in the fighting.   A humanitarian cease-fire would allow urgently needed medical and other assistance to be delivered to the region, and comes as Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the Ramadan fast. The statement released [Read More]

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