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December 2010
Submitted by: The Forum on Children in Armed Conflict
For more information, please contact:
Guillaume Landry
Directeur de programmes / Director of Programmes
Bureau international des droits des enfants / International Bureau for Children's Rights
2715 chemin Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montréal (Québec) H3T 1B6
Téléphone : (1) 514 932 7656, poste / extension 222
Télécopieur / Fax : (1) 514-932-9453
Courriel / Email : g.landry@ibcr.org
Site Internet / Website :            www.ibcr.org



Table of Contents

News Updates and Publications............................................................................................................ 5
       Canadian Study Reports New Threats to Global Security but Reveals Encouraging Long-Term Trends ......... 5
       3rd December: International Day of Persons with Disabilities .......................................................................... 5
       How to End Child Marriages ....................................................................................................................... 5
       Nineteen Agencies Call for Action to Prevent another Christmas Massacre by Africa‟s Most Brutal Rebel
       Group ........................................................................................................................................................... 5
       On 60th Anniversary, UN Refugee Agency Highlights New Causes of Displacement ...................................... 6
       Migrants and Asylum Seekers Tortured, Mistreated: European Union Ignoring Abuse of Those Sent Back,
       Lack of Protection for Refugees and Children ................................................................................................. 6
       Security Council Steps Up to Fight against Sexual Violence in Conflict ......................................................... 6
       Hunger in the Sahel: A Permanent Emergency? ............................................................................................. 6
       UN Forms Commission on Use of Resources for Women‟s and Children‟s Health ......................................... 7
       Boy soldiers: Using Children in Warfare Is Not a Modern Phenomenon......................................................... 7
       Misguided Kindness: Making the Right Decisions for Children in Emergencies ............................................... 7
       UN: End „Disappearances‟ Worldwide ......................................................................................................... 7
       Deed of Commitment under Geneva Call for the Protection of Children from the Effects of Armed Conflict ..... 8
       Teaching Material on Trafficking in Human Beings ...................................................................................... 8


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       Strategic Support for Decision Makers - Policy Tool for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human
       Rights ........................................................................................................................................................... 8
       Call for Proposals: Muskoka Initiative Partnership Program ......................................................................... 8
Conferences and Events ........................................................................................................................ 9
       Second Meeting of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on an Optional Protocol to the Convention on the
       Rights of the Child, 6-10 December 2010 and 14-18 February 2011, Geneva, Switzerland.......................... 9
       Invitation for Nominations: International Bremen Peace Award 2011 ........................................................... 9
Courses and Training Sessions .............................................................................................................. 9
       Senior Management Course, 31 January-18 February 2011, Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Canada. ................... 9
       Training Course on Managing Projects in Emergencies, 14-16 March 2011, London, UK ..........................10
       Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law & Policy, 14-16 March 2011, Barcelona, Spain ..........10
       Thematic Workshop on Monitoring and Enforcing International Humanitarian Law, 17-18 March 2011,
       Barcelona, Spain .........................................................................................................................................10
       Community-Based Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding, 26 September 2011-14 October 2011,
       Antigonish, Canada ....................................................................................................................................11
Vacancies .............................................................................................................................................. 11
       Monitoring and Evaluation Learning Specialist, Save the Children, Kenya-Somalia .....................................11
       Child Protection Specialist (Monitoring & Reporting Mechanism), UNICEF, Jerusalem, oPt ....................11
       Emergency Programme Manager, Save the Children UK, Juba, Sudan .........................................................11
       Programme Manager-Head of Office, Danish Refugee Council, Moyo, Uganda.............................................12
       Programme Director, Coalition for the International Criminal Court, United States .....................................12
       Danish Demining Group Programme Manager, Monrovia, Liberia .............................................................12
       Communication Officer (Consultant), UNICEF, New-York, United States ...............................................13
       Project Director Combating Exploitative Child Labour, Save the Children US, Amman, Jordan ................13
       Consultancy – Thematic Evaluation on Child Protection, Plan International................................................13
Regional News Updates .......................................................................................................................13
       Afghanistan: Afghan Women Still Suffer Horrendous Abuse, Says United Nations Report ........................14
       Afghanistan: Child Labour Helps War-Torn Afghan Families Survive.......................................................14
       Afghanistan: 3,000 Child Soldiers Withdrawn from ANA and Police .......................................................14
       Canada : 57 Arrestations au Canada et à l‟étranger ....................................................................................14


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Canada: Canada Committed to Fighting for Global Accountability .............................................................14
Canada et États-Unis: Khadr a fait “un pacte avec le diable”, selon un de ses avocats...................................15
Canada et États-Unis: Préparer l‟après-Guantánamo..................................................................................15
Central African Republic: Getting the Kids Home .......................................................................................15
Chad: Human Rights Problems Persist in Eastern Chad, UN Reports .......................................................15
Colombia: Parties to Colombia Conflict Raped Almost 15,000 Girls and Women in 2001-09 ...................15
Côte d‟Ivoire: Security Forces Urged to Protect Civilians as Tensions Rise .....................................................16
Côte d‟Ivoire: Post-Electoral Tensions Drive Some 2,000 Ivoirians into Liberia and Guinea ........................16
Côte d‟Ivoire: Defenceless People Need Urgent Protection from Escalating Violence.......................................16
Côte d‟Ivoire: UN Demands End to Provocation and Human Rights Violations .........................................16
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Lubanga Trial: Witness Testifies in Closed Session on „Climate of
Fear‟ ...........................................................................................................................................................17
DRC: DR Congo Army Colonel Added to UN Sanctions List for Massacring Women, Children...............17
DRC: UN to Send 900 Extra Peacekeepers to Congo to Curb LRA Attacks ...........................................17
DRC: L‟Assemblée nationale : adoption de la loi organique sur la Police .....................................................17
DRC: Germany Charges Rwandans over Congolese Atrocities .....................................................................17
DRC: UNICEF and Partners Help Educate Children Displaced by Conflict in DR Congo ......................18
DRC: Rogue Leaders, Rebels Forcibly Recruit Youth ..................................................................................18
DRC: Le Gouvernement dément le recrutement d‟enfants dans l‟armée..........................................................18
Indonesia: University of Indonesia Initiates Study Centre on Children...........................................................18
Iraq: Children‟s Rights Events Across Iraq Conclude: Several Governorates Agree to Establish Child Rights
Committees ..................................................................................................................................................18
Israel - Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt): 60 Israeli Professionals Speak Out At Violence against
Children ......................................................................................................................................................19
Israel - oPt: Gaza: Let Charity That Aids Children Reopen Its Doors ........................................................19
Israel – oPt: Israeli Police Break Law in Treating Minors ...........................................................................19
Israel - oPt: From Relief and Works to Human Development: UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees after 60
years ............................................................................................................................................................19
Lebanon: A Socio-Economic Survey of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon ......................................................20
Liberia: UN Focus vol. 7 no. 01 - Seven Years of Peace..............................................................................20


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Liberia: Yesterday‟s Child Soldiers Struggle to Fit into Liberian Society.......................................................20
Morocco: More Freedom to Name Their Children ........................................................................................20
Nepal: OHCHR Urges the Prompt Establishment of a Witness and Victim Protection Mechanism ............21
Pakistan: Balochistan Militants Killing Teachers .........................................................................................21
Rwanda: Rwanda to Unveil Genocide Archive .............................................................................................21
Somalia: UNHCR Calls for Increased Aid for Somalia‟s Suffering Civilian Population..............................21
Somalia - Kenya: Somali Refugees Need Protection Not Abuse ....................................................................21
Sudan: “Lost Boys” of South Sudan Lead Diaspora Voter Registration Drive ............................................22
Sudan: Child Survival in Southern Sudan Bleak .........................................................................................22
Sudan: South Sudanese Face Tough Homecoming Ahead of Independence Vote ...........................................22
Uganda: New Publication: “Land or Else: Land-Based Conflict, Vulnerability, and Disintegration in
Northern Uganda” ......................................................................................................................................22
Uganda: Protecting Hope: Situation Analysis of Vulnerable Children in Uganda ........................................23
Yemen: Child-Friendly Schools Create Opportunities for All in Targeted Districts across the Country...........23




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News Updates and Publications
Canadian Study Reports New Threats to Global Security but Reveals Encouraging Long-
Term Trends
2 December 2010 - The new Human Security Report argues that long-term trends are reducing the
risks of both international and civil wars. The report also examines recent developments that suggest
the world is becoming a more dangerous place. Indeed, not only has the decline in conflict numbers
reported in the 2005 Report been reversed but the real worry is that rising Islamist violence, the
intractability of the conflicts that remain, and the impact of the economic crisis on developing
countries may mean that the recent increase in conflict numbers will continue and the future could
resemble the Cold War years which saw conflict numbers triple over four decades.
Full article (Human Security Report Project)
Full report (Human Security Report Project)

3rd December: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3 December 2010 - “There are believed to be some 650 million people with disabilities in the world
today - around 10% of the world‟s population.” Of these, some 426 million are living below the
poverty line in developing countries. According to UNESCO, around 75 million children are not
attending primary school. One third of them are children with disabilities. This is one of many areas
where faster progress is vital, if the next generation of persons with disabilities is to suffer fewer
disadvantages than their predecessors. Education is the key to so much else.
Full article (Human Rights Education Associates)

How to End Child Marriages
6 December 2010 - One in three girls in the developing world is married before she is 18 - one in
seven before she is 15. The reasons for child marriage vary: custom, poverty and lack of education
all play a part. To realise change, we first need to provide greater options for girls by investing in
them and supporting their families. Changing national laws is not enough. Most countries with high
rates of child marriage have outlawed it. Lasting change requires local leaders and communities to
agree that child marriage is harmful and make a collective decision to end the practice.
Full article (Washington Post)

Nineteen Agencies Call for Action to Prevent another Christmas Massacre by Africa‟s Most
Brutal Rebel Group
14 December 2010 - The international community needs to act to prevent another Christmas
massacre and the almost daily killing sprees by the most brutal and long-running rebel group in
Africa said aid agencies in a new report released on 14 December. Massacres meted out by the
Lord‟s Resistance Army (LRA) against remote communities in Sudan, the Central African Republic
and the Democratic Republic of Congo over the past year have been among the worst in the LRA‟s
20-year bloody history.
Full report (Oxfam)           Résumé du rapport en français (Oxfam)

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On 60th Anniversary, UN Refugee Agency Highlights New Causes of Displacement
14 December 2010 - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created in 1950 with
the purpose to address the post-World War II refugee situation in Europe, but its work quickly
expanded. The agency now responds to major displacement situations around the world. Globally,
the combined population of refugees, internally displaced people and asylum-seekers has swelled to
43 million people. On its 60th anniversary, the UNHCR urged the international community to come
up with ways of responding to the displacement of people as a result of evolving circumstances that
did not exist when the organisation was founded or when treaties on refugees were created.
Full article (UN News Centre)

Migrants and Asylum Seekers Tortured, Mistreated: European Union Ignoring Abuse of
Those Sent Back, Lack of Protection for Refugees and Children
16 December 2010 - Migrants and asylum seekers, including children, risk abusive treatment and
arbitrary detention at the hands of Ukrainian border guards and police, Human Rights Watch said in
a report. Despite a readmission deal and money the EU has poured in, Ukraine apparently is not up
to the task of respecting the migrants‟ rights and protecting refugees. Human Rights Watch noted
that neither the agreement nor that funding absolve EU member states of their obligations under the
EU charter of fundamental rights to provide access to asylum and not to return people to face
torture or ill-treatment or of the EU members‟ responsibilities toward unaccompanied children.
Full article (Human Rights Watch)              Full report (Human Rights Watch)

Security Council Steps Up to Fight against Sexual Violence in Conflict
16 December 2010 - The United Nations stepped up its battle against sexual violence in conflicts
around the world with the Security Council adopting a resolution which stresses the need to end
impunity and vowed to take “appropriate steps to address widespread or systematic sexual violence
in situation of armed conflict” in accordance with procedures of relevant sanctions committees.
“Armed elements are targeting civilians, raping women and men, and terrorizing entire populations,”
the Secretary-General said. “And often, the perpetrators seem to reserve particular cruelty for
children, intentionally traumatizing boys and girls by forcing them to watch as their mothers are
attacked, or by attacking the children themselves,” he added.
Full article (UN News Centre)           Measures proposed and resolution (UN Security Council)

Hunger in the Sahel: A Permanent Emergency?
16 December 2010 - In 2010, more than 10 million people have been affected by the food crisis in
the Sahel. Nearly 500,000 severely malnourished children were taken into care between January and
November 2010 in Niger, Chad, Mali and Burkina Faso. This situation is unfortunately not new in
the Sahel. The various crises which have struck this region in the last few decades have led to lower
living standards in the communities and have made them economically and ecologically vulnerable.
This vulnerability is complex and is inextricably linked to poverty. This briefing note aims to



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examine what lessons can be drawn for improving the response from the international community
before, during and after food crises in the Sahel.
Full briefing note (Oxfam)     Note d‟information en français (Oxfam)

UN Forms Commission on Use of Resources for Women‟s and Children‟s Health
16 December 2010 - The United Nations is establishing a high-level commission - the Commission
on Information and Accountability for Women‟s and Children‟s Health - charged with developing
an accountability framework that will link resources committed to women and children‟s health with
the results they are intended to achieve. Its establishment follows the adoption of the Global
Strategy for Women‟s and Children‟s Health at the Millennium Development Goals Summit in
September. The Commission will be co-chaired by the President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, and
the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.
Full article (UN News Centre)

Boy soldiers: Using Children in Warfare Is Not a Modern Phenomenon
16 December 2010 - According to the Child Soldiers Initiative, there are currently around 250,000
children engaged in military conflict. Human rights campaigners often suggest that child-soldiering is
the product of modern, post-colonial conflict, but that is obviously untrue. Yet, children were a
constant presence on the pre-industrial battlefield. When you dig into the historical record of
children in war what emerges is a centuries-old tension between the desire to preserve and protect
childhood as a time of innocence and irresponsibility, and the realisation that young people, if called
upon, have strengths and abilities far beyond the limits of the nursery or the classroom.
Full article (The Independent)

Misguided Kindness: Making the Right Decisions for Children in Emergencies
20 December 2010 - In every humanitarian crisis, concerned outsiders respond to tragedy with
actions that take children away from their families and communities. Separating girls and boys from
their families in emergencies is nothing new. Using lessons learnt in emergencies, from the genocide
in Rwanda to the Asian Tsunami and the earthquake in Haiti, this report demonstrates what action is
needed to keep families together during crises and to bring separated children back into a safe and
nurturing family life.
Full report (Save the Children)

UN: End „Disappearances‟ Worldwide
22 December 2010 - The Convention against Enforced Disappearance, which takes effect on
23 December 2010, should strengthen international efforts to end this horrific practice, said Human
Rights Watch. The treaty should advance justice for victims and accountability for those responsible.
The convention defines an enforced disappearance as occurring when authorities deprive an
individual of liberty and then refuse to provide information regarding the person‟s fate or



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whereabouts. Enforced disappearances constitute an international crime, prohibited in all
circumstances.
Full article (Human Rights Watch)

Deed of Commitment under Geneva Call for the Protection of Children from the Effects of
Armed Conflict
In further efforts to stem the abuse of children in armed conflict, Geneva Call has announced the
launch of the “Deed of Commitment”. This universal instrument aims to provide armed non-State
actors (NSAs), which lack the legal capacity to become party to relevant international treaties, with
an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to international norms protecting children from
armed conflict.
Read the Deed of Commitment (Geneva Call)

Teaching Material on Trafficking in Human Beings
An estimated 2.4 million children, women and men are victims of human trafficking each year. By
means of deceptive promises or the use of menace and violence, people are displaced and/or sold
for sexual exploitation or into forced labour. The October-issue of the monthly magazine Polis
aktuell focused on editing the topic for the use in the classroom. In addition to the magazine, an
exhibition for pupils was published on the occasion of the EU-Anti-Trafficking Day on the 18th of
October. For use in schools the exhibition is supplemented by a handbook for teachers, which
contains background information and questions for reflection on the particular posters. All these
materials (in German) can be downloaded for free or requested on the website of Zentrum polis.

Strategic Support for Decision Makers - Policy Tool for Education for Democratic
Citizenship and Human Rights
This policy tool explains what citizenship and human rights education are about and what they mean
in terms of policy making in a life-long learning perspective, namely, in the different phases of
education and training from general education to vocational training and higher education to adult
education. It sets out a policy cycle involving policy design and implementation, as well as policy
review and sustainability. This tool aims to provide support to key decision makers in member
states. It can, however, be used by anyone involved in designing, implementing and reviewing
relevant policies, whether in government and international organisations, education and training
institutions, non-governmental organisations and youth organisations.
Policy tool (Council of Europe)

Call for Proposals: Muskoka Initiative Partnership Program
Canada announced in June 2010 that it will target CAD 1.1 billion in new money over five years for
the G8 Muskoka Initiative for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH). CIDA‟s support will
contribute to Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 by reducing maternal and under-five
mortality. CIDA will communicate with potential implementing organisations in the next few
months to let them know the findings of the September 2010 MNCH scoping mission in Southern

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Sudan and the types of projects CIDA‟s Bilateral Sudan Program will be looking to fund.
Please note that CIDA‟s Partnership With Canadians Branch (PWCB) has launched a CAD 75
million call for proposals for MNCH using funds from the Muskoka Initiative. Sudan (the whole
country) is one of the several countries eligible for assistance. The project officer who is the main
contact for the MNCH programming in Southern Sudan is Joe Goodings.
For more information

Conferences and Events
Second Meeting of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on an Optional Protocol to the
Convention on the Rights of the Child, 6-10 December 2010 and 14-18 February 2011,
Geneva, Switzerland
At present, five of the human rights treaty bodies may under particular circumstances consider
communications from individuals alleging having been victims of violations of their rights under the
respective treaties. At its 11th session the Council adopted resolution A/HRC/RES/11/1 by which
it decided to establish an Open-ended Working Group to explore the possibility of elaborating an
optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child to provide a communications
procedure complementary to the reporting procedure under the Convention. The second session of
this Open-ended Working Group will take place from 6 to 10 December 2010 and from 14 to 18
February 2011.
For more information (Child Rights Information Network)
Provisional agenda (Child Rights Information Network)
Latest update on the campaign for a complaints mechanism (Child Rights Information Network)

Invitation for Nominations: International Bremen Peace Award 2011
In November 2011 the Threshold Foundation will award the International Bremen Peace Award for
exemplary commitments to Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation for the fifth time. This award
aims to honour people and organisations that set an example through their work contributing to
reconciliation, human rights, overcoming of racism, preservation of Creation as well as to
intercultural and inter-religious understanding. Third parties or organisations are invited to submit
proposals for the Bremen Peace Award.
For more information on how to submit a proposal and general information about the event (Die
schwelle)

Courses and Training Sessions
Senior Management Course, 31 January-18 February 2011, Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre will be holding a three-week Senior Management Course from 31
January to 18 February 2011 at its training facility in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Canada. There are a
few openings left for individuals interested in developing and enhancing their ability to provide

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military and/or police related policy advice in the development phase of a UN mission. This serial
will be primarily composed of police and gendarmerie participants. Tuition fee: CAD 15 000.
Applicants must send a resume and cover letter to info@peaceoperations.org before 11 January
2011 in order to be considered for registration. Please include the course title (Senior Management
Course) in the subject title.
For more information (Pearson Peacekeeping Centre)

Training Course on Managing Projects in Emergencies, 14-16 March 2011, London, UK
The course is directed at humanitarian personnel responsible for managing projects in emergencies.
It may also be useful to other managers in the development or charity sectors. Participants are likely
to be fairly new to their managerial role or have experience without any formal training. All
participants are interested in exploring project management theory and accessing new tools and
techniques to fulfil their role successfully. The course is planned and run by the RedR UK training
team, with associate trainers including specialists in both people management and humanitarian
relief. Interested participants need to register on-line.
For more information (Red Cross UK)               Training factsheet (Red Cross UK)

Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law & Policy, 14-16 March 2011, Barcelona,
Spain
The Core Trainings serve as unique opportunities for acquisition and refinement of the skills
necessary to address contemporary humanitarian challenges. Lectures, case studies, and simulation
exercises are integrated into a curriculum narrative informed by legal principles, recent scholarship,
contemporary challenges, and current debates. The trainings are tailored to professionals interested
in gaining foundational knowledge, developing a strategic perspective, and engaging in exploratory
discussions regarding potential responses to emerging legal and policy questions. Those attending
the Core Training in March 2011 are also encouraged to stay for the two-day Thematic Workshop
on Monitoring and Enforcing International Humanitarian Law (see below). Tuition fee: EUR 900.
For more information (Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection)
Core Training draft agenda (Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection)

Thematic Workshop on Monitoring and Enforcing International Humanitarian Law, 17-18
March 2011, Barcelona, Spain
The Thematic Workshops on International humanitarian Law (IHL) address critical challenges of
IHL in current conflict situations. This workshop is designed to enhance the capacity of
humanitarian professionals to engage with international law in their efforts to enhance civilian
protection during armed conflict. It is open to PHAP members with several years of professional
experience relevant in particular to humanitarian law and policy. Non-members are also welcome to
apply directly to the Professional Trainings. Participation to the Thematic Workshop requires
completion of the Core Training first (see above). Tuition fee: EUR 600.
For more information (Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection)

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Community-Based Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding, 26 September 2011-14 October
2011, Antigonish, Canada
A commitment to conflict transformation, peacebuilding and human rights should be among the
core values of any individual, group, organization or institution involved in human advancement and
environmental sustainability. This three-week certificate focuses on approaches to community-based
conflict transformation and peacebuilding. The goal is to enable participants to improve practice and
influence policies that support sustainable peace, justice, human and earth rights, and democratic
governance in their societies.
For more information (COADY)

Vacancies
Monitoring and Evaluation Learning Specialist, Save the Children, Kenya-Somalia
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist will guide project and thematic programme
teams to achieve effective monitoring, evaluation, impact assessment, review, and reporting child
focused outcomes of their work. S/he will guide, advice, and support building of the capacities of
field teams in these areas in order to achieve outcome/impact focussed projects and programmes in
line with SC and donor policies and practices. S/he will establish and maintain a central and
systematic information management system whereby relevant project information, data and lessons
of programs are accessible for use as required. Applications should be forwarded to
vacancies@scsom.org by 31 December 2010.
More information about this vacancy (ReliefWeb)

Child Protection Specialist (Monitoring & Reporting Mechanism), UNICEF, Jerusalem,
oPt
UNICEF is looking for a Child Protection Specialist to be accountable for formulation, design,
planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Child Protection programme(s) to ensure
overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of
programme goals and objectives. The incumbent should have five of professional work experience
at national and international levels in child protection, including international work experience and a
background/familiarity with Emergency. If interested, please apply by 31 December 2010.
More information about this vacancy (Relief Web)

Emergency Programme Manager, Save the Children UK, Juba, Sudan
The Emergency Program Manager will lead and manage emergency response activities including the
undertaking comprehensive assessments and development of the emergency response program. The
Emergency Program Manager is responsible for identifying needs and resources and elaborating
programme recommendations for the emergency response in line with Save the Children national
and global priorities, and can expect to lead the start up of a number of new programmes. The
successful applicant will have considerable experience of working in or supporting emergencies in an


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international NGO, the individual must be able to work at a senior level with staff, media, donor
and parallel NGO and UN agency contacts. Applications should be submitted on-line before 13
January 2011.
More information about this vacancy (Save the Children UK)

Programme Manager-Head of Office, Danish Refugee Council, Moyo, Uganda
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is seeking an experienced and dynamic manager who can
facilitate the implementation of DRC‟s programme in West Nile Region. You must be able to
effectively manage a programme, with an ability to communicate clearly with beneficiaries and local
staff. You will share a compound with another expatriate on the project. Your background will not
only be subject to your technical qualifications, but moreover and in addition weighted in terms of
ability to endure harsh conditions, loneliness, social capacities, networking skills and not least the
ability to consume and structure the continuous information flow. Applications should be sent via
DRC‟s online-application form (no later than 2 January 2011) on www.drc.dk under
Vacancies/Current vacancies/Programme Manager – Head of Office, West Nile - Uganda.
More information about this vacancy (Danish Refugee Council)

Programme Director, Coalition for the International Criminal Court, United States
The Programme Director will work closely with the Coalition for the International Criminal Court‟s
Convenor to provide overall strategic direction for the organization‟s overarching goals and
priorities and ensure the greatest impact in implementing an approximately USD 3.2 million
program budget; directly supervise CICC heads of sections; and Strategise, coordinate and ensure
the effective implementation of overarching program strategies and advocacy campaign goals. The
successful candidate will have at least 7 years of extensive experience in a comparable role and
organization and a depth and breadth of management and organizational skills, including the
demonstrated ability to lead a team of talented professionals in multiple global locations.
Applications should be sent to jobs@coalitionfortheicc.org before 15 January 2011.
More information about this vacancy (Coalition for the International Criminal Court)

Danish Demining Group Programme Manager, Monrovia, Liberia
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a department within the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). Based
in Monrovia-Liberia, the Programme Manager will be responsible for establishing DDG‟s Small
Arms & Light Weapons and community safety operations in Liberia and Cote d‟Ivoire. The
Programme Manager reports to the DDG AVR Representative who is based in Nairobi. Specific
responsibilities include developing and establishing the DDG programme in Liberia and Côte
d‟Ivoire; and fundraising for the Liberia and Cote d‟Ivoire programme.
Applications should be (no later than 17 January 2011) sent via our online-application system on
www.drc.dk under Vacancies/Current vacancies/DDG Programme Manager – Liberia.
More information about this vacancy (Danish Demining Group)


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Communication Officer (Consultant), UNICEF, New-York, United States
Under the supervision of the Communication Specialist for Education and Gender Equality, the
consultant will, among other things, be the focal point for the production and dissemination of
podcasts on education in emergencies and post-crisis transition and support the implementation of
the communication strategy on the Getting Ready for School: A Child-to-Child Approach. If you
have experience working in a similar capacity and want to make an active and lasting contribution to
build a better world for children, send a detailed curriculum vitae in English, and a duly completed
United Nations Personal History form (available at www.unicef.org/employ) to Elizabeth Njinga at
enjinga@unicef.org. Applications should be received by January 20, 2011.
More information about this vacancy (ReliefWeb)

Project Director Combating Exploitative Child Labour, Save the Children US, Amman,
Jordan
The Project Director is responsible for overall project management, supervision, administration, and
implementation of the “Combating Exploitative Child Labour by Promoting Sustainable and
Educational Opportunities for Children in Jordan” project. S/he will provide strategic and
operational leadership to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate an integrated development
project that will achieve measurable impact on children, families, and communities vulnerable to
exploitation. S/he will provide overall management and oversight of sub grantees and/or sub
contractors. The successful candidate will have 10 years of professional experience in development
with a minimum of 5-7 years experience in a leadership role in the implementation of development
projects relevant to child labour. Interested applicants should submit their applications on-line.
More information about this vacancy (Save the Children US)

Consultancy – Thematic Evaluation on Child Protection, Plan International
Plan invites proposals to carry out an external evaluation to assess the performance of Plan‟s
programmes within the area of Child Protection across all countries from 2005 to 2010. The
evaluation should apply the standard questions of relevance, effectiveness, outcomes and
sustainability; review the strategies applied; identify critical factors that determine the level of
performance of Plan‟s work in Child Protection; and provide recommendations to further improve
the strategies, effectiveness and outcomes of Plan‟s interventions in child protection. Plan is looking
for an agency/group of consultants, who can offer a multidisciplinary team of consultants with
expertise in child protection and rights-based development and strong previous experience in
conducting international and multi country evaluations.
Proposals should be submitted by email to: Elsebeth.Elo@plan-international.org by 7 January 2011.
For more information about this consultancy and how to submit a proposal (Plan International)

Regional News Updates


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Afghanistan: Afghan Women Still Suffer Horrendous Abuse, Says United Nations Report
9 December 2010 - A recent UN report showed that, despite improvements in women‟s rights in
Afghanistan, the country is still blighted by forced marriages, the giving away of infant girls to future
husbands to settle disputes, „honour‟ killings and desperate women resorting to death by self-
immolation. The report said that such practices are problem in all communities and cause “suffering,
humiliation and marginalisation for millions of Afghan women and girls.”
Full article (The Guardian)      Full report (The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan)

Afghanistan: Child Labour Helps War-Torn Afghan Families Survive
18 December 2010 - A 2010 study by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
found that up to 40% of the country‟s 15 million children were likely to be engaged in some sort of
paid work. And aid and rights groups say child labour laws are routinely flouted. Decades of war in
Afghanistan left many children without fathers, making them responsible for supporting their family
and that as a result the country had to let teenagers work, but not in hazardous jobs.
Full article (Reuters)

Afghanistan: 3,000 Child Soldiers Withdrawn from ANA and Police
22 December 2010 - Thousands of child soldiers have been withdrawn from the Afghan National
Army (ANA) and police in line with a United Nations convention, a deputy minister said. As many
as 3,000 teenagers were expelled from the country‟s security organs in compliance with the
Convention on the Rights of the Child that prohibits recruitment of individuals under 18 into the
armed services.
Full article (The Nation)

Canada : 57 Arrestations au Canada et à l‟étranger
8 décembre 2010 - La police dépose plus de 200 accusations contre 57 hommes arrêtés au Canada et
à l‟étranger dans le cadre d'une enquête relative à l‟exploitation sexuelle d'enfants. Des arrestations
ont été effectuées aux quatre coins du pays, de Vancouver à Conception Bay South, Terre-Neuve-et-
Labrador. Au cours d‟une conférence de presse, la police de Toronto a affirmé que les autorités ont
pu retirer 25 enfants âgés de 4 à 15 ans de situations de sévices sexuels.
Article complet (Radio Canada)

Canada: Canada Committed to Fighting for Global Accountability
9 December 2010 - The Canadian Minister for International Cooperation underlined Canada‟s on-
going commitment to fighting for accountability and supporting good governance by announcing
two projects that will improve accountability in 16 developing countries. Canada is supporting the
Parliamentary Centre in Africa to create good governance, greater transparency, and accountability
in select African parliaments. CIDA will also support Transparency International in its efforts to
increase the awareness and reduce the incidence of corruption, as well as improve the standards of
governance and levels of transparency.
Full article (Canadian International Development Agency)
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Canada et États-Unis: Khadr a fait “un pacte avec le diable”, selon un de ses avocats
10 décembre 2010 - Le procès d‟Omar Khadr à Guantanamo Bay est terminé depuis deux mois,
mais son avocat canadien, Dennis Edney, ne décolère pas. Selon lui, son client n‟a jamais eu droit à
une véritable défense de la part de ses avocats militaires américains. De plus, malgré les promesses
diplomatiques canadiennes, M. Edney est convaincu que le rapatriement de M. Khadr ne se fera pas
sans heurt. « Je n‟ai absolument aucune confiance en ce gouvernement, s‟indigne l‟avocat. Ce sera
une immense bataille pour rapatrier Omar, j‟en suis certain. »
Article complet (Le Devoir)

Canada et États-Unis: Préparer l‟après-Guantánamo
10 décembre 2010 - Dennis Edney avait deux fils : Duncan et Cameron. Maintenant, il en a trois. Le
petit dernier s‟appelle Omar Khadr. Emprisonné à Guantánamo depuis le mois d‟octobre 2002 mais
condamné seulement cet automne, Omar Khadr doit y passer une dernière année avant de pouvoir
purger au Canada les huit ans qu'il resterait à sa peine. Quand il en aura purgé le quart, le 1er juillet
2013, Dennis Edney pourra demander qu‟il soit mis en liberté.
Article complet (Le Devoir)

Central African Republic: Getting the Kids Home
3 December 2010 - Conflict in eastern Central African Republic and the surrounding region
continues to drive families apart; children are abducted from their homes by armed groups and
forced to go on a perilous journey from which many do not return. This article describes the work
realised by the International Committee of the Red Cross to reunite the children who do find
freedom with their families.
Full article (International Committee of the Red Cross)

Chad: Human Rights Problems Persist in Eastern Chad, UN Reports
10 December 2010 - Despite Government efforts against human rights abuses in eastern Chad over
the past two years, problems persist, including sexual and gender-based violence, recruitment of
children by armed groups and jail conditions, according to a UN report released today. The report,
compiled jointly by the UN mission in Chad and Central African Republic and the Office of the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights, covers the period from April 2008 to October 2010.
Full article (UN News Centre)        Full report (Refworld)

Colombia: Parties to Colombia Conflict Raped Almost 15,000 Girls and Women in 2001-09
14 December 2010 - Colombia‟s armed groups and, to a far lesser extent, its army raped 14,779 girls
and women between 2001 and 2009 - or five women a day on average - and forced hundreds more
into prostitution, a study has found. For more than four decades Colombia has been mired in
fighting between government troops, leftist rebels, cocaine smugglers and far-right paramilitary
militias. The accompanying lawlessness is a key driver of sexual crimes.
Full article (AlertNet)       Full report in Spanish (Intermon Oxfam)


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Côte d‟Ivoire: Security Forces Urged to Protect Civilians as Tensions Rise
6 December 2010 - Tensions have risen in Côte d‟Ivoire since both presidential candidates in the 28
November election declared themselves the winners on Friday. Both the incumbent President
Laurent Gbagbo and his rival Alassane Ouattara have sworn themselves in prompting increased
clashes between supporters of both parties and the security forces. Amnesty International has called
on the security forces in Côte d'Ivoire to protect civilians, as the number of people shot dead in
violent incidents following the country‟s presidential elections rose to at least 20.
Full article (Amnesty International)            Article complet en français (Amnesty International)

Côte d‟Ivoire: Post-Electoral Tensions Drive Some 2,000 Ivoirians into Liberia and Guinea
10 December 2010 - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said it was closely following the post-
electoral crisis in Côte d‟Ivoire, which has led some 2,000 Ivoirians, mostly women and children, to
seek safety in neighbouring Liberia and Guinea. To date, an estimated 1,700 people have crossed
into Nimba county, north-eastern Liberia. Another 200 arrived exhausted in Guinea‟s Nzerekore
region after having walked for two days. The numbers come from local authorities in both countries.
Full article (UNHCR)
Articles relating to the evolution of population displacements (in chronological order): UNHCR,
UNHCR, Danish Refugee Council, Save the Children.

Côte d‟Ivoire: Defenceless People Need Urgent Protection from Escalating Violence
21 December 2010 - On 19 December, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that
more than 50 people had been killed in the past three days with more than 200 wounded. Amnesty
International has received a growing number of reports of people being arrested or abducted at
home or on the streets, often by unidentified armed attackers accompanied by elements of the
Defence and Security Forces and militia groups. “In a situation where the security forces are
collaborating in the commission of serious human rights violations, the international community
must act to ensure that violations are halted immediately,” said Amnesty International.
Full article (Amnesty International)

Côte d‟Ivoire: UN Demands End to Provocation and Human Rights Violations
22 December 2010 - The United Nations peacekeeping chief urged Côte d‟Ivoire‟s outgoing
President Laurent Gbagbo and his supporters to refrain from acts of provocation against
peacekeepers and to stop human rights violations. At the General Assembly, Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon spoke of an alarming increase in the use of intimidation by members of the national
security forces loyal to Mr. Gbagbo against the civilians and in particular against supporters of
Mr. Ouattara.
Full article (Human Rights Education Associates)




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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Lubanga Trial: Witness Testifies in Closed Session
on „Climate of Fear‟
1 December 2010 - The war crimes trial of Thomas Lubanga reconvened to hear „witness 598‟ about
the alleged climate of fear and intimidation in Bunia among individuals alleged to have cooperated
with the International Criminal Court. The prosecution is attempting to establish that witnesses such
as „witness 15,‟ an alleged child soldier who recanted his testimony when he appeared in court, were
responding to threats and the climate of fear in Bunia. Mr. Lubanga is charged with conscripting,
recruiting, and using child soldiers in the 2002-2003 conflict in the DRC.
Full article (The Lubanga Trial at the International Criminal Court)

DRC: DR Congo Army Colonel Added to UN Sanctions List for Massacring Women,
Children
2 December 2010 - The Security Council has imposed sanctions including a travel ban and asset
freeze on an army colonel in the DRC on charges of overseeing multiple massacres of women and
children, a mass rape of women and girls, arbitrary executions of child soldiers, a failure to release
child soldiers and denial of humanitarian access, a senior UN rights official said. “The sanctions
imposed today […] is a welcome step forward,” said the UN Special Representative on Children and
Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy.
Full article (UN News Centre)        Related article (United Press International)

DRC: UN to Send 900 Extra Peacekeepers to Congo to Curb LRA Attacks
16 December 2010 - Since 2007, the Lord‟s Resistance Army (LRA) has killed more than 2,000
civilians in the northeast of the DRC. The Ugandan group says it represents that country‟s Acholi
community and is guided by the Bible‟s 10 commandments. Kony faces International Criminal
Court charges of murder, mutilation, rape and the abduction of thousands of children for use as
soldiers. An additional 900 peacekeepers will be sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo in an
effort to curb murders and abductions by the Lord‟s Resistance Army.
Full article (Bloomberg)

DRC: L‟Assemblée nationale : adoption de la loi organique sur la Police
16 décembre 2010 - La loi organique portant sur l‟organisation et le fonctionnement de la Police
nationale congolaise a été adoptée mardi 14 décembre par la Chambre basse du Parlement. Cette
nouvelle loi opère une réforme radicale de la Police nationale congolaise, avec l‟objectif de lui
« donner un visage civil, apolitique, républicaine, débarrassée de son caractère militaire afin de lui
donner une organisation et des missions propres à une police moderne à caractère civil mais
également elle prend en compte la dimension genre ».
Article complet (AfriMAP)

DRC: Germany Charges Rwandans over Congolese Atrocities
17 December 2010 - Germany has charged two Rwandan nationals with crimes against humanity
and war crimes carried out in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as membership of a

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terrorist organisation. From their base in Germany, they allegedly orchestrated more than
200 murders, the rape of numerous women, the use of human shields and recruitment of child
soldiers in DR Congo, between January 2008 and 17 November 2009.
Full article (Monsters and Critics)

DRC: UNICEF and Partners Help Educate Children Displaced by Conflict in DR Congo
20 December 2010 - Congolese families live in an unpredictable environment and a constant state of
uncertainty. As a result, quality education for children has suffered immensely. The gross enrolment
rate for primary school in DR Congo decreased from almost 100% 30 years ago to 64% in 2005.
With support from the Government of the Netherlands, UNICEF and the Italian NGO AVSI are
collaborating on an education-in-emergencies programme to help children in DR Congo continue
their studies – and to provide them a sense of normalcy during this tenuous time.
Full article (UNICEF)

DRC: Rogue Leaders, Rebels Forcibly Recruit Youth
20 December 2010 - Rogue Congolese army officers and armed groups in eastern Democratic
Republic of Congo are forcibly recruiting and training for combat hundreds of young men and boys
in new efforts to expand their ranks, Human Rights Watch said today. The wave of military
recruitment, which began around September 2010, signals a possible collapse of eastern Congo‟s
peace process.
Full article (Human Rights Watch)

DRC: Le Gouvernement dément le recrutement d‟enfants dans l‟armée
22 December 2010 - Lundi, Human Rights Watch a affirmé que des officiers de l‟armée issus d‟un
groupe rebelle, des milices locales et la rébellion hutu rwandaise enrôlaient de force des centaines de
garçons et jeunes hommes depuis septembre dans l‟est du pays (voir article ci-dessus). Le
gouvernement congolais a démenti ces propos.
Full article (ReliefWeb)

Indonesia: University of Indonesia Initiates Study Centre on Children
21 December 2010 - The University of Indonesia launched the Research Center on Child Protection
Wednesday, which aims to report on child conditions in Indonesia, including on whether or not
children receive their basic rights and treatment. The National Development Planning Board,
USAID, Columbia University and UNICEF are partners of the centre.
Full article (The Jakarta Post)

Iraq: Children‟s Rights Events Across Iraq Conclude: Several Governorates Agree to
Establish Child Rights Committees
10 December 2010 - As Iraq marked International Human Rights day on 10 December, government
officials, community leaders and thousands of children across Iraq have concluded nearly three
weeks of events celebrating the 21st anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The

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Chairmen of the Provincial Councils of Baghdad pledged to formally institute Child Rights
Committees to focus their efforts in protecting their children‟s rights.
Full article (UNICEF)

Israel - Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt): 60 Israeli Professionals Speak Out At
Violence against Children
1 December 2010 - On 24 November 2010, 60 prominent Israeli professionals sent a letter to Prime
Minister Netanyahu and other senior officials raising their concerns about the violent treatment of
Palestinian children at the hands of the authorities in occupied East Jerusalem. According to Israeli
Police, in 2010 more than 1,200 criminal cases have been opened against children from occupied
East Jerusalem alleging involvement in stone-throwing incidents.
To access the letter, click here.
Full article (Defence for Children International – Palestine Section)

Israel - oPt: Gaza: Let Charity That Aids Children Reopen Its Doors
13 December 2010 - On 30 November 2010 Hamas authorities arbitrarily closed all of the Gaza
offices of the group Sharek Youth Forum, which provides psychosocial and vocational support and
operates summer camps and other programs for 60,000 Gaza children and youth. “This arbitrary
interference with an organization that provides invaluable services to Gaza‟s youth is just the latest
evidence of Hamas‟s authoritarian streak,” said the Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.
“Hamas boasts that it was democratically elected, but it isn‟t acting like a democratic government
that respects civil society.”
Full article (Human Rights Watch)

Israel – oPt: Israeli Police Break Law in Treating Minors
13 December 2010 - B‟Tselem, the Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied
Territories, said in a report that police were regularly violating Israeli law in their treatment of
minors in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, where tensions between settlers
and Palestinians run high. Confrontations in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood often involve stone-
throwing by young Palestinians. “The Jerusalem police systematically violates the law, primarily the
Youth Law, which grants minors special rights in criminal matters and prohibits, as a rule,
interrogation of minors at night,” the group said.
Full article (Arab News)

Israel - oPt: From Relief and Works to Human Development: UNRWA and Palestinian
Refugees after 60 years
16 December 2010 - December 2009 marked the 60th anniversary of UNRWA (the United Nations
Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East): an occasion for sober reflection
but also an opportunity to assess the Agency‟s challenges and achievements during six decades of
work alongside millions of Palestine refugees. Within this framework, UNRWA and the Issam Fares
Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut organised

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an international conference last October. The conference assembled a critical body of academic and
policy research around UNRWA‟s six-decade-long experience in supporting Palestine refugees.
Read the conference summary (UNRWA)

Lebanon: A Socio-Economic Survey of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon
15 December 2010 - The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the
Near East (UNRWA) in collaboration with the American University of Beirut conducted in summer
2010 a socio-economic survey on a representative sample of 2,600 Palestine refugee household. This
European Union-funded initiative describes the living conditions and welfare status of Palestine
refugees in Lebanon. The survey‟s results will help UNRWA understand better the levels of poverty
and its determinants, and provide relevant indications for evidence-based programming.
Full article (UNRWA)

Liberia: UN Focus vol. 7 no. 01 - Seven Years of Peace
In October this year, Liberia marked seven years of unbroken peace since the deployment of UN
peacekeepers During the disarmament and demobilisation process, more than 101,000 former
fighters were disarmed and demobilized, including 22,000 women and 11,000 children. “The peace
we enjoy today […] came at a very high price. In pursuit of peace, our people signed a series of
accords, and hosted four peacekeeping operations. It is our fervent prayer that the current operation,
UNMIL, will be the last,” says President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Full report (United Nations Mission in Liberia)

Liberia: Yesterday‟s Child Soldiers Struggle to Fit into Liberian Society
21 December 2010 - In Liberia, the guns fell silent in 2003. But in the neighbourhoods that spread
out across the marshes surrounding Monrovia‟s war-scarred heart, the struggle is far from over.
Thousands of young men and women have yet to find a way back into a society they were wrested
from years ago, often as children, to fight. And still thousands more who fled the war or lived
through it struggle to survive now amid peace in a country where unemployment estimates soar as
high as 85%.
Full article (Toronto Star)

Morocco: More Freedom to Name Their Children
14 December 2010 - A government directive liberalising Morocco‟s policy on recognising Amazigh,
or Berber, given names for newborns is having positive results, Human Rights Watch said. By
explicitly recognising Amazigh names as Moroccan, the government has eased a noxious restriction
on the right of parents to choose their children‟s names. This move shows greater respect and
recognition for Morocco's ethnically and culturally diverse population.
Full article (Human Rights Watch)




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Nepal: OHCHR Urges the Prompt Establishment of a Witness and Victim Protection
Mechanism
17 December 2010 - Following the conclusion of a South Asian Regional seminar and a national
consultation on witness and victim protection, attended by representatives from the South Asian
countries as well as Nepal, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
in Nepal, calls on the Government to promptly establish an effective mechanism to ensure
protection for all victims of, and witnesses to, human rights violations and abuses. This includes the
passing of comprehensive legislation and further requires the key actors to pay particular attention to
the specific protection needs of women and children.
Full article (ReliefWeb)

Pakistan: Balochistan Militants Killing Teachers
13 December 2010 - Militant groups in Pakistan‟s Balochistan province should immediately stop
killing, threatening, and harassing teachers and other educators, Human Rights Watch said in a new
report. Attacks and bombings by various nationalist, sectarian, and Islamist armed groups have
damaged schools and universities, killing and wounding students, and severely harming education in
Balochistan.
Full article (Human Rights Watch)               Full report (Human Rights Watch)

Rwanda: Rwanda to Unveil Genocide Archive
10 December 2010 - An ambitious hi-tech project to make the Rwandan genocide one of the most
thoroughly documented mass killings ever was unveiled in Kigali on 10 December. Located at the
Kigali Genocide Memorial the new facility will initially hold 1,500 audiovisual recordings and more
than 20,000 documents and photographs. The main aim of the archive was to aid research and
teaching, both locally and abroad, and it is thought the work may even help Rwandans map the final
movements of relatives who died in the massacres.
Full article (The Guardian)

Somalia: UNHCR Calls for Increased Aid for Somalia‟s Suffering Civilian Population
3 December 2010 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has made a passionate
appeal for the international community to come to the aid of the long-suffering Somali people. “In
Somalia, we face a chronic catastrophic humanitarian situation complicated by a protracted acute
emergency,” he said. Gutteres condemned the gross violations of human rights in Somalia, citing the
indiscriminate killing and maiming of civilians, the rape of women and the recruitment of child
fighters. “The protection of civilians became the first casualty of the Somali conflict,” he said.
Full article (UNHCR)

Somalia - Kenya: Somali Refugees Need Protection Not Abuse
8 December 2010 - In a new report, Amnesty International describes how thousands fleeing
violence in Somalia are unable to find refuge, protection and lasting solutions in Kenya, due to the
closure of the border between the two countries almost four years ago amid security concerns.

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“Continued fighting and horrendous abuses in Somalia pose a very real threat to the lives of tens of
thousands of children, women and men. No Somali should be forcibly returned to southern and
central Somalia,” said the Africa Programme Deputy Director at Amnesty International.
Full article (Amnesty International) Full report (Amnesty International)

Sudan: “Lost Boys” of South Sudan Lead Diaspora Voter Registration Drive
1 December 2010 - Hundreds of thousands of southern Sudanese who fled their homeland during
Sudan‟s civil war are signing up to vote absentee in the January 9 independence referendum. Former
war orphans, the so-called “Lost Boys”, are leading the absentee vote campaign at a registration
centre in the Ethiopian capital.
Full article (Voice of America)

Sudan: Child Survival in Southern Sudan Bleak
15 December 2010 - The survival rate of children in Southern Sudan is one of the lowest in the
world, with one out of every seven children dying before reaching their fifth birthday. Hunger,
malnutrition and malaria are some of the biggest child killers in Southern Sudan. UNICEF says it is
stocking up relief supplies in Southern Sudan to provide assistance to children, women and
displaced persons should the outcome referendum to be held in January 2011 lead to a resumption
of conflict.
Full article (United Nations Radio)

Sudan: South Sudanese Face Tough Homecoming Ahead of Independence Vote
21 December 2010 - In anticipation of Southern Sudan‟s independence vote to be held on 9 January
2011, an estimated 77,996 people returned to South Sudan in the six weeks up to 15 December.
Most of those migrating from the northern capital, Khartoum, to south Sudan are children under
the age of 18, according to the International Organisation for Migration. The rate of return is
increasingly rapidly, with one third of new arrivals coming in the last week. Many returnees have
become stranded in transit sites, unable to complete their journeys because they have run out of
money or there is no onward transport to take them to their villages.
Full article (AlertNet)

Uganda: New Publication: “Land or Else: Land-Based Conflict, Vulnerability, and
Disintegration in Northern Uganda”
In August 2009, the International Organization for Migration and the Norwegian Refugee Council
commenced a joint study on land and reintegration in northern Uganda. The first section explores
the relationships between former combatants, young people, communities and their ancestral lands,
and the second section analyses land access and ownership issues and identifies bottlenecks that are
affecting systems for land dispute resolution and ownership.
Full report (IOM)



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Uganda: Protecting Hope: Situation Analysis of Vulnerable Children in Uganda
Despite the Ugandan government‟s many efforts to improve the circumstances of vulnerable
children in Uganda, policymakers, donors, and programme managers still lack comprehensive and
up-to-date information about their numbers, geographic distribution, characteristics, and needs.
Furthermore, documentation of existing programs addressing the circumstances of vulnerable
children is limited. The Situation Analysis aims to increase the understanding of the scope of the
problem of vulnerable children and the response to it, including the full spectrum of core services, in
order to facilitate country-wide planning and to inform current and future programming efforts.
Full report (Population Council)

Yemen: Child-Friendly Schools Create Opportunities for All in Targeted Districts across the
Country
3 December 2010 - UNICEF introduced the concept of “child-friendly schools” in 11 districts in
Yemen. The principles of a child-friendly school are simple: the educational environment should be
safe and healthy. The rights of children should be protected and their voices should be heard. And
schools should be staffed with trained teachers and equipped with adequate resources, such as
blackboards, stationery and textbooks. The Director of the Education Office in Al-Mokha district
says students in child-friendly schools are generally more enthusiastic about education than their
peers at regular schools.
Full article (UNICEF)




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