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Don't use schools for war, says rights body

Nov 20 2013, 5:12am CST | by IANS

Berlin, Nov 20 (IANS) All national armed forces and armed groups should reject using schools for military purposes during armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Berlin, Nov 20 — All national armed forces and armed groups should reject using schools for military purposes during armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. On Universal Children's Day,...

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Don't use schools for war, says rights body

Nov 20 2013, 5:12am CST | by IANS

Berlin, Nov 20 (IANS) All national armed forces and armed groups should reject using schools for military purposes during armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Berlin, Nov 20 — All national armed forces and armed groups should reject using schools for military purposes during armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

On Universal Children's Day, Nov 20, Human Rights Watch released a video in six languages on the impact of military use of schools on children.

In most countries with armed conflicts, national armed forces or armed groups have used schools for military purposes, with devastating consequences for children and their right to education, it said.

The forces have converted schools into barracks, detention facilities, military training camps, weapons depots, and bases for military operations.

Often, forces take over only part of a school, putting students attempting to continue their studies at grave risk.

"Schools should be filled with students, not soldiers," said Bede Sheppard of Human Rights Watch. "When armed forces take over schools, they put children and their education in the line of fire."

Children and teachers have been injured and killed, and schools destroyed or damaged, when forces have attacked schools because opposing forces were using them.

Other consequences of the military use of schools include long-term school closures, declines in student attendance and enrollment, and psychosocial harm on students, teachers, and communities.

Military use of schools has an especially negative effect on education for girls, who are at greater risk from the presence of armed troops.

Between 2005 and 2012, armed forces or armed groups have used schools in at least 24 countries in conflicts across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America, Human Rights Watch said.

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UN Panel: Crimes Against Humanity Spread In Syria, Including Possible Gas Attack

Aug 27 2014 7:25am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

GENEVA (AP) — The Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians while the Islamic State group has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces in the country, an independent U.N. commission said Wednesday. The report from the commission, which has been tasked to investigate potential war crimes in the country, marks the first time the United Nations has as ...
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UN Official: IS 'Killed Up To 670 Prisoners' In Mosul, 'Ruthlessly' Targeted Religious Minorities

Aug 26 2014 12:59pm CDT | Source: Big Government

On August 25, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the Islamic State (IS) militants "killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul" and "ruthlessly" targeted religious minorities for "religious cleansing." Pillay also said IS was carrying out "ethnic...cleansing in the areas under their control." According to the AP, the prisoners were from Mosul's Badou ...
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UN Rights Chief Alleges Crimes Against Humanity In Iraq

Aug 25 2014 7:28am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

GENEVA (AP) — Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. The U.N.'s top human rights official said "grave, horrific human rights violations are being committed daily" by the Islamic State group and other fighters allied with it in an aggressive push to g ...
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U.N. Releases Shocking New Estimate Of People Killed In Syria

Aug 22 2014 8:06am CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

Syrian citizens in Aleppo inspect an unexploded barrel bomb CREDIT: AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC, File For the first time in months the United Nations issued an estimate of how many people have been killed in the midst of Syria’s civil war, placing the number at a staggering 191,369. The number covers from the beginning of the civil war in March 2011 until April of this year. At the outset of the conflict, Syrian protesters marched peacefully on the stree ...
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High Commissioner Pillay seeks to influence the OHCHR investigation process

Aug 15 2014 1:24am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillai is attempting to influence the investigation on Sri Lanka and make it follow a preconceived trajectory. Her public pronouncements to the media when she is scheduled to leave office at the end of the month, on an investigation which has commenced only recently is clear indication of personal bias, the External Affairs Ministry st ...
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BBC: 'Civilian' Casualty Figures Supplied by Hamas Require Caution

Aug 8 2014 12:32pm CDT | Source: Big Government

If Israeli attacks in Gaza have been "indiscriminate," as the UN Human Rights Council says, why have they killed three times as many “civilian” men as women? Anthony Reuben, the head of Statistics for BBC News, points out ample reason to be skeptical of the civilian casualty numbers coming out of Gaza: most news organizations have been quoting from the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which ...
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Protocols of the Elders of Hamas

Aug 3 2014 10:35am CDT | Source: Big Government

I was at the UN Security Council hearing on the war in Gaza on Thursday as a guest of Ambassador Eugene Gasana of Rwanda who held the Security Council presidency through July.  I heard the regular condemnations of Israel for being indifferent to the murder of children. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said that there could be nothing more shameful than Israel killing children while they slept at a UN school that Israel targeted. The UN Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay went f ...
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UN Human Rights Official: Israel, Hamas Committing War Crimes

Jul 31 2014 6:45am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official is accusing Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says that by placing and firing rockets within heavily populated areas both sides are committing "a violation of international humanitarian law, therefore a war crime." Pillay also told reporters Thursday in Geneva that she sees "a recurrence of the very ac ...
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Time for U.S. to Leave UN Human Rights Council

Jul 25 2014 5:09pm CDT | Source: Big Government

The UN Human Rights Council held a special session in Geneva on July 23, 2014 to declare effectively that Israelis do not have human rights. The session ended with a resolution that launched an "investigation" into what the Council decided in advance were Israel's violations of Palestinian rights. The vote was 29 in favor, 1 against and 17 abstentions. The Obama administration voted against – after joining and legitimiz ...
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UN Human Rights Chief: 'Strong Possibility' Israel Committed War Crimes in Gaza

Jul 23 2014 11:48am CDT | Source: Big Government

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday that there "seems to be a strong possibility" that Israel is guilty of war crimes for Operation Protective Edge, a military operation targeting the terrorist group Hamas in which Israel has taken extraordinary measures to save civilian lives. In a statement on the current situation in Gaza, Pillay urged an immediate ceasefire and claimed that Israel was possibly violating international humanitarian law ...
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