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IOM welcomes anti-trafficking law in South Africa

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has welcomed a new law to make trafficking in persons a crime in South Africa. The South African President signed the long-awaited Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill on 29 July. IOM says the law can serve as an example for other African countries.   Food aid [...]

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IOM welcomes anti-trafficking law in South Africa

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President Jacob Zuma of South Africa recently signed into law the long-awaited Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has welcomed this development which makes trafficking in persons a crime in South Africa. It says that the new law can serve as an example and encourage other African [...]

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WHO releases guidelines for treating trauma and loss

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines for professionals providing mental health care to people suffering from trauma and loss. WHO says the work to develop a protocol with the guidelines has been funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Dr. Mark van Ommeren, Scientist in the WHO Department of Mental Health [...]

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Secretary-General urges youth to use their energy and ideas to create a better world

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Young people have a major role to play in ensuring a sustainable future for all, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a video message to the 12th global Youth Assembly taking place at the UN on Wednesday. Mr. Ban said the clock is ticking on the 2015 deadline to achieve the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals [...]

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Situation remains dire for children in Syria: Special Representative

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The situation remains dire for children in Syria and the surrounding countries, says Leila Zerrougi, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. Some 7,000 children under the age of 15 have been killed during the country's more than two-year-old conflict. Ms. Zerrougi recently completed a trip to Syria and the surrounding refugee-receiving [...]

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IOM welcomes anti-trafficking law in South Africa

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has welcomed the recent signing into law of a bill to prevent and ban trafficking in persons in South Africa. South African President Jacob Zuma signed the long-awaited Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill on 29 July. IOM spokesperson, Jumbe Omari Jumbe, tells UN Radio that this [...]

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Human rights chief calls for more action to honour treaties with indigenous peoples

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Countries need to do more to honour and strengthen their treaties with indigenous peoples, no matter how long ago they were signed. That message comes from UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay in a statement ahead of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, observed on 9 August. Ms. Pillay says these agreements [...]

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Food aid to Somali internally displaced persons to break their fast during Ramadan

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The Afgoye corridor just West of the Somali capital Mogadishu was once known for being the area with the world’s largest concentration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), during Somalia’s years of conflict. In 2011, Somali National Army (SNA) backed by African Union Forces in Somalia (AMISOM), pushed the Islamic extremist group al Shabaab out of [...]

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Human Rights expert on "important" mission to Myanmar

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A UN human rights expert says his upcoming visit to Myanmar will provide an excellent opportunity to assess how the human rights situation there is evolving as the nation continues its reform agenda. UN Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana will be in the South-East Asian country from 11-21 August where he will look at efforts [...]

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More child soldiers released by Myanmar armed forces

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Sixty-eight child soldiers recruited into the Myanmar armed forces were on Wednesday released back to their families, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). This is the largest release of child soldiers by the country's armed forces under the auspices of a UN – Myanmar Government accord aimed at ensuring the discharge of all [...]

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