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21 Jun 2016

This year, the UN Refugee Agency marked World Refugee Day on 20 June with the launch of its #WithRefugees petition, urging governments to work together to aid refugees around the world.

The petition will be delivered at the UN Summit on Migrants and Refugees on 19 September and will ask governments to further support refugees in various ways: to ensure every refugee child receives an education, ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live, and ensure every refugee can work or learn new sk...

20 Jun 2016

On 19 June, the United Nations commemorated the first annual International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Sexual abuse and rape have historically served as methods of terror used in states of war across many countries, including Rwanda, South Sudan, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cote D’Ivoire, among others. Current terror groups continue to commit these atrocious crimes, most recently seen in actions by Boko Haram and ISIL.

"Sexual violence is now widely r...

12 Apr 2016

On 7 April, the United Nations marked the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. More than 800,000 people were violently murdered during the 1994 genocide, leaving families, villages and communities in severely traumatized states. A number of events are scheduled over the next 100 days—the length of the genocide—with the commemoration ending on 4 July, Rwanda’s “Liberation Day.” Reflecting on the humanitarian atrocities that took place 22 years ago in the East African nation, U...

4 Feb 2016

With increased violence in several occupied settlements, the United Nations Secretary-General has called on Israel and Palestine to compromise, stating that security measures alone cannot stop the cycle of violence nor remove the sense of alienation among Palestinians. He called the cycle of violence perpetuated amongst the two groups as “human nature”.

 

The Secretary-General stated that, “as oppressed peoples have shown throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often se...

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