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 - Asia

Save the Children Asia has recently launched EVERY ONE campaign Asia community site. It has been created for the campaign supporters as well as all people concerned about the well being of children in Asia to exchange and replicate ideas as well as become engaged in a heated debate on the situation of children in Asia. The site has been fully integrated with facebook and twitter and member status updates, blog, video and photo updates, and can be automatically forwarded to their facebook profile page and twitter accounts. Similarly as in facebook and twitter, Save the Children’s community site will provide its members with their own profile page and ability to communicate with other mem...

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