PHILIPPINES: Moves to end use of child soldiers, but problem persists

Cotabato City, the Philippines, 8 April 2011 - The Philippines has made significant strides in stamping out the use of children as combatants by insurgent groups, but the problem continues, say officials.Speaking to reporters in Manila on 8 April following a five-day visit to the country, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, said rebel groups such as the New People's Army (NPA) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) had indicated a willingness to police their ranks and stop recruiting minors.The 5,000-strong NPA is the armed unit of the Communist Party of the Philippines, which has been waging a Maoist rebellion since 1969 in what is consider...

MIGRATION: Afghan asylum-seekers hit by tighter immigration rules

Kabul, 31 March 2011 - There were fewer Afghan asylum-seekers in 2010 and this could, in part, be due to tighter immigration controls in destination countries, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Returnees. The number of Afghan asylum-seekers in “44 industrialized countries” (mainly European countries, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the Republic of Korea) dropped by 9 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year, but Afghanistan still produced 7 percent of the world’s total number of asylum-seekers, and was second only to Serbia, according to UNHCR. Afghans made 24,800 asylum claims in these countries in 2010 (27,200 ...

Campaña Todos - Asia

El 5 de octubre de 2009 fue la fecha en la que Save the Children lanzó su mayor campaña mundial, la campaña TODOS. El principal objetivo de la campaña es evitar que los niños mueran antes de cumplir los 5 años. Le invitamos a que se informe sobre lo que ocurrió en Asia aquel día, especialmente en India, China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistán e Indonesia. Save the Children defiende que es algo vital el que los líderes mundiales de los países ricos y de los países en desarrollo pongan los medios económicos y las soluciones necesarias para salvar las vidas de estos niños. Para más información haz click aquí...

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