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18 Dec 2012


Beirut, 18 December 2012 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Ms. Leila Zerrougui yesterday arrived here from a four-day visit to theSyrianArabRepublic where she engaged State authorities and the armed opposition for better protection of children.

Government Should Consult Educators on Protection Strategy

(New York, December 16, 2012) – Separatist insurgents in Thailand’s southern border provinces should immediately end all attacks on teachers and schools, Human Rights Watch said today.

Zimbabwe’s coalition government is being urged to immediately declare all schools across the country ‘peace zones’ before the next election, with warnings that teachers will once again be targets of political violence.

Some 250 schools have been occupied or looted during the recent fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bringing the total number of schools affected by conflict this year to 600, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.

The Centre has given clear-cut instructions to the states that security forces engaged in the counter-insurgency operations should not be allowed to occupy school buildings, the government said today.

“UNICEF condemns yesterday’s shelling of a school near Damascus that killed a number of students and a teacher. “Since the violence in Syria began, schools have been looted, vandalized and burned.

Syrian forces continued to press an intense counteroffensive against rebels in the Damascus suburbs on Tuesday, as the government blamed rebels for a mortar attack that hit a school...

Hundreds of schools had been closed for almost a week after a female principal was murdered.

A global coalition of United Nations agencies and international NGOs supporting education and human rights has called for governments to implement a “clear and unamibiguous” ban on the use of schools and universities as barracks and bases during conflicts.

The issue of militaries using schools as barracks, bases, detention centers, firing positions and training grounds during conflicts is rarely discussed - writes campaigner