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 ...

Every One Campaign - Asie

Le 5 octobre 2009 a représenté la date où l’on a lancé la campagne globale la plus importante de Save the Children, appelée EVERY ONE. L’objectif prioritaire de cette campagne est celui d’empêcher les enfants de mourir avant l’âge de cinq ans. À ce propos, il serait opportun de se pencher sur ce qui a eu lieu en Asie pendant ce jour-là, en particulier en Inde, Chine, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan et Indonésie. Save the Children considère qu’il est fondamental que les leaders mondiaux aussi bien dans les pays développés que dans les pays en voie de développement soient estimés responsables pour les efforts ils vont réaliser en ce qui concerne l’allocati...

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