` UN Human Rights Chief Confirms over 9,000 Children Recruited as Child Soldiers in South Sudan’s War ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH SUDAN – April 30 – Over 9,000 children have been recruited as soldiers in South Sudan’s four-month long civil war by both government and rebel forces, the UN’s human rights chief said on Wednesday.

“Children have also been killed during indiscriminate attacks on civilians by both sides,” AFP quoted UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay as saying.

The list of alarming statistics is long. Here are a few more: UNMISS unquestionably saved thousands of lives, when it opened the gates of several of its compounds to people fleeing deadly attacks.

Some 80,000 people are now sheltering in these compounds. UNICEF reports that more than 9,000 children have been recruited into armed forces by both sides. 32 schools have been taken over by military forces, and there have been more than 20 attacks on clinics and health centres.

Many women and girls have been raped, often brutally and sometimes by several fighters. Others have been abducted.

Children have also been killed during indiscriminate attacks on civilians by both sides.

Ace Related News:
1. United Nations Human Rights – April 30 – http://tinyurl.com/y6xdynj

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` UN Mission in South Sudan Said a Convoy of Barges Carrying Food Aid has been Attacked by Gunmen '

#AceNewsServices – SOUTH SUDAN – April 25 – The UN mission in South Sudan has said a convoy of barges it hired to deliver food aid and fuel came under attack by gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades.

Four people were wounded, including UN peacekeepers, AP reported.

The barges were travelling on Thursday to the city of Malakal on the Nile River.

The assailants were not identified. The military and rebel leaders both denied responsibility.

Juba (AFP) – April 17 – Gunmen stormed a UN base in South Sudan Thursday, wounding dozens of civilians from a rival tribe in an “unprovoked” attack before peacekeepers fought them off, the UN said.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the assault in the war-ravaged town of Bor which also left two peacekeepers wounded, warning any attack on UN troops constitutes a war crime.

Almost 5,000 civilians are sheltering inside the fortified base of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), one of the most bitterly contested regions in the four-month-long conflict splitting the country.

“This attack on a location where civilians are being protected by the United Nations is a serious escalation,” said Ban’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

“The Secretary-General reminds all parties that any attack on United Nations Peacekeepers is unacceptable and constitutes a war crime,” he added.

Ace Related News:

  1. April 25 – http://tinyurl.com/kf5m9tu http://www.unmiss.unmissions.org/Portals/unmiss/%20Press%20Releases/April%202014/Press%20Release%20on%20attack%20on%20barge%20convoy%20near%20Tonga%20Upper%20Nile%20State%20–%2024%20April%202014%20final.pdf
  2. April 18 – http://tinyurl.com/mnmr2oa
  3. April 17 – http://tinyurl.com/n7d6ds8

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#AceWorldNews KARACHI April 21 DWN Two Pakistani employees…

#AceWorldNews – KARACHI – April 21 – (DWN) – Two Pakistani employees of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) who were abducted in Karachi four days ago were recovered on Monday, officials said.

Officers raided a house in the east of the city in the early hours of the morning after tracing mobile phone signals, senior police official Sultan Khawaja, told AFP, and found the UNICEF staff.

But there was no sign of the people suspected of kidnapping the pair, who went missing in the city on Thursday evening, said Khawaja.

“UNICEF is pleased to confirm that two of its national staff who were abducted on Thursday evening in Karachi are now safe and well,” the UN agency said in a statement.

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` Rebels Massacre Hundreds Killing 200 and Injuring 400 Civilians in Mosque in South Sudan '

#AceWorldNews – SUDAN – April 21 – Rebels in South Sudan massacred “hundreds” of civilians in ethnic killings when they captured the oil town of Bentiu last week, the UN said on Monday.

In the main mosque alone, “more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and over 400 wounded,” the UN mission in the country said, as cited by AFP.

There were also massacres at a church, hospital and an abandoned UN World Food Program (WFP) compound.

South Sudan’s army has been fighting rebels loyal to sacked Vice President Riek Machar, and the conflict has also taken on an ethnic dimension, pitting President Salva Kiir’s Dinka tribe against militia forces from Machar’s Nuer people.

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` UN Pays Witness to Gunfire and Casualties Outside Their Peace-Keeping Base in War Ravaged Bor ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH SUDAN – April 17 – At least 14 people were wounded in South Sudan on Thursday after gunfire erupted outside a UN peacekeeping base in the war-ravaged town of Bor, AFP reported.

Shooting took place while local youth were demonstrating, said Mayor Nhial Majok.

Some of the young men were armed with guns, he said.

However, it was not immediately clear who fired the shots.

Almost 5,000 civilians are sheltering at the base.

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` Parliament of `Transdniestr ' urges Russia to recognise the Independence of Moldova's Region Ekho '

#AceWorldNews – MOLDOVA – April 16 – The parliament of Transdniestr has urged Russia to recognize the independence of Moldova’s breakaway region, Ekho of Moscow radio said Wednesday.

A delegation of the republic’s MPs is expected to meet with Sergey Naryshkin, the chairman of the Russian lower house of parliament, the State Duma, in Moscow on Thursday.

The lawmakers also asked the UN and the OSCE to recognize the region’s independence, citing the results of a September 2006 referendum in favour of it.

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` Burundi’s Government Demands UN Provide Evidence for Report Claiming it was Arming Young Supporters ‘

#AceWorldNews- BURUNDI – April 16 – Burundi’s government has demanded the UN provide evidence or apologize after an alleged UN report claimed it was arming young supporters, AFP said.

A purportedly leaked internal UN report had sounded the alarm over allegations that members of the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s party, were being armed and given weapons training. Vice-President Prosper Bazombanza accused the UN Office in Burundi late Tuesday of releasing the report “in bad taste.”

The UN also urged the Burundian government Thursday to halt political violence and respect human rights.

HRW (Bujumbura) – Reported previous attacks back in 2012 with scores of people have been killed in political attacks in Burundi since the end of 2010, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The killings, some by state agents and members of the ruling party, others by armed opposition groups, reflect widespread impunity, the inability of the state to protect its citizens, and an ineffective judiciary.

The 81-page report, “‘You Will Not Have Peace While You Are Living’: The Escalation of Political Violence in Burundi,” documents political killings stemming from the 2010 elections in Burundi.

These killings, which peaked toward the middle of 2011, often took the form of tit-for-tat attacks by members of the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (Conseil national pour la défence de la démocratie-Forces pour la défense de la démocratie, CNDD-FDD) and the opposition National Liberation Forces (Forces nationales de libération, FNL). In the vast majority of cases, justice has been denied to families of the victims.http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/05/02/burundi-escalation-political-violence-2011

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#AceWorldNews UKRAINE UN April 14 RT Ukraine’s coup…

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – UN – April 14 – (RT) – Ukraine’s coup-installed president, Aleksandr Turchinov, has proposed the conducting of a joint operation with UN peacekeeping forces, signing a decree immediately imposing a special anti-terrorist operation in the east of the country.

Turchinov said in a phone call with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, that Kiev’s new authorities would welcome the possibility that “if with your [UN] help, there is to be a joint anti-terrorist operation conducted in the east of the country…specialists and observers will be able to confirm the legitimacy and legality of our actions,” the press office of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party quoted Turchinov as saying.

On his part, Ban Ki-moon said that Kiev could rely fully on help from the UN as its partner.

Late Monday afternoon, Ukraine’s coup-appointed President Aleksandr Turchinov signed a decree to officially begin a “special anti-terrorist operation” in the east of the country, Ukraine’s presidential press-service said in a statement.

He ordered “that the National Security and Defence Council’s decision of April 13, 2014 ‘On urgent measures to overcome the territorial threat and to preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine’ be put into effect”. The order becomes effective from the day of publication.

Turchinov has appointed acting Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy, to oversee the operation.

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` On this Day We Remember ` International Day of Fascist Concentration Camps Prisoners Liberation ‘ and those who Died ‘

#AceNewsServices – BUCHENWALD – April 11 – On April 11,Russia’s city of Smolensk marked the Day of Fascist Concentration Camps Prisoners Liberation. People laid flowers at a memorial dedicated to child prisoners to commemorate the 170,000 boys and girls held by the Nazis at these camps during the WW2 occupation of Smolensk.

On April 11,Russia’s city of Smolensk marked the Day of Fascist Concentration Camps Prisoners Liberation . People laid flowers at a memorial dedicated to child prisoners to commemorate the 170,000 boys and girls held by the Nazis at these camps during the WW2 occupation of Smolensk.

The Liberation Day was established under a UN initiative to mark a revolt by Buchenwald prisoners who on April 11, 1945 learned that the Soviet Army was coming to liberate them.

The total of 18 million people were incarcerated in Nazi camps during WW2, 5 million of them were Soviet citizens.

The number of Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War exceeded 300.
Several million people were killed in concentration camps during the WWII.

Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated on April 11 1945.

On this day, the International Day of Fascist Concentration Camps Prisoners Liberation is marked.

TASS – VoR – Russian Media Sources

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` US Congress has Approved a Bill that would Bar Iran’s Ambassador for Alleged Participation in Muslim Student Group ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – April 10 – (AP) – The House has approved a bill that would bar Iran’s choice for ambassador to the United Nations from stepping on U.S. soil.

By voice vote, lawmakers endorsed the measure and sent it to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill would deny entry to the United States to an individual found to be engaged in espionage, terrorism or a threat to national security.

American officials objected to the selection of Hamid Abutalebi because of his alleged participation in a Muslim student group that held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

The Obama administration has told Iran the choice is unacceptable, but White House spokesman Jay Carney refused to say Thursday whether the president would sign the bill.

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` Priest says that fighting in `Central African Republic ‘ left at least 30 People Dead and Forced Many to Flee their Homes ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAR – April 10 – (NEU) – A priest says fighting in Central African Republic has left at least 30 people dead and forced many to flee their homes for the bush.

Everaldo De Suza of the Saint Anne parish in Dekoa said Thursday that the fighting that led to those deaths began Tuesday when Christian militants attacked the town in the country’s centre.

A Christian commander confirmed the fighting but denied that his forces had started it.

The death toll could not be independently confirmed.

Central African Republic(CAR) has descended into sectarian violence in the past year following a coup.

France and the African Union have deployed troops, and the Security Council is expected to vote later Thursday on sending a U.N. force.

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OPCW : ` Twelfth Consignment of `Chemical Weapons ‘ Taken out of Syria ‘

#AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE- April 04 – The twelfth consignment of chemical weapons was on Friday taken out of Syria, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported.

“The OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria has confirmed that a 12th consignment of chemicals has been transported to the port of Latakia and removed from the country,” the OPCW said in a statement on its website.

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` UN says `Chadian Soldiers ‘ have Killed 30 Civilians and Seriously Wounded 300 in an Attack on a Market’

#AceWorldNews – BANGUI – April 04 – Chadian soldiers killed 30 civilians and seriously wounded more than 300 in an indiscriminate attack on a market on March 29 in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, Reuters quoted a spokesman for the UN human rights office as saying on Friday.

Local officials and aid workers had previously put the death toll to at least 10, with 30 wounded. Chadian soldiers have been at the heart of African efforts to stabilize CAR, but have been accused of siding with the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels.

Their seizure of power last year sparked tit-for-tat violence with Christian militia.

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`Palestinian Authority has Formally Submitted its Application to Join 15 ` International Agencies' Threatening Peace Talks '

#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH – April 02 – The Palestinian Authority has formally submitted its application to join 15 international agencies, as part of a unilateral diplomatic “offensive” that is threatening to derail peace talks with Israel.

PA-based Maan News Agency published a full list of the 15 agencies. The list includes several United Nations bodies – contrary to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim last night that the PA had not technically broken its commitments since none of the agencies were UN bodies.

The 15 agencies are:

  1. The Four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and the First Additional Protocol
  2. The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations
  3. The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations
  4. The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in armed conflict
  5. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
  6. The Hague Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations Concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land
  7. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  8. The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
  9. The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  10. The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  11. The United Nations Convention against Corruption
  12. The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
  13. The International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid
  14. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  15. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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` South Sudan’s Conflict Leads to Over `One Million ‘ Being Forced out of their Homes ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – March 30 – More than one million people have been forced from their homes because of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, the UN says.

Of these 254,000 have fled to neighbouring countries and 803,000 have been displaced internally.

Fighting erupted between the troops of Salva Kiir, the president and his deputy, Riek Machar, in December.

A ceasefire was agreed in January but sporadic fighting has continued.

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` North Korea’s `UNHA-3 Rocket ‘ was built with Components from South Korea, UK and the United States ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA – March 29 – North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket was built with components from South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, UN experts revealed.

In a little-publicized March 10 report, the UN Panel of Experts also discovered the rocket contained off-the-shelf parts from China and Switzerland, while Soviet-era SCUD-missiles have also been stripped down for components.

The bulk of the components had not been obtained in violation of sanctions targeting the North, the UN said, adding their utilization “shows the ability of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to assemble complex systems with globally sourced components.”

Many of the parts in question listed are widely available computer components. However, a US-manufactured video decoder, along with UK-made temperature and pressure sensors, were also recovered.

The panel noted that the South Korean parts consisting of electronic circuits and other computer parts were manufactured between 2003 and 2010. They were unable to trace the components back to the manufacturers however, due to “insufficient identifiers.”

However, placing these dual-use components on the North Korean sanctions list could prove problematic, analysts say.

“The current list of banned military and dual-use goods is already comprehensive. Adding more readily available materials to it would both risk infringing on legitimate non-military end-uses and be extremely difficult for member states to effectively implement,” Lawrence Dermody, an analyst specializing in illicit trafficking at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, told NK News.

“If you start to ban items that are not in themselves offensive, but that just might be used for building a missile, where do you stop?” an anonymous source familiar with UN sanctions told the news site.

Read More: RT – http://on.rt.com/dh3c11

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` Syrian Government asks ` UN ‘ to Investigate a Leaked Record Allegedly Discussing a Plan to Stage a False Flag Attack ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – March 29 – The Syrian government has asked the UN to conduct an investigation into the leaked record, in which top Turkish officials are allegedly discussing a plan to stage a false flag attack to justify a military operation against Syria.

The audio file was uploaded on YouTube and prompted Ankara to ban the service in Turkey in response, citing national security concerns.

Reuters – AP – AFP

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` Security and Stabilisation Talks on ` begin in ` Transcaucasia ‘ have started in Geneva ‘

#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – March 26 – The 27th round of Geneva discussions on security and stability in Transcaucasia have started in Geneva.

The consultations are held under the auspices of the UN, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and involve delegations of Russia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia and the United States.

The delegations have met within two working groups – for security and humanitarian issues.

The priority task is to work out guarantees of Georgia’s non-use of force against neighbouring states. Russia’s initiative on making a statement by all participants is on the agenda.

The parties fail to make the statement because Georgia gives it up. Georgia demands Russia make a unilateral statement on the non-use of force against Georgia. Moscow declines and calls on its partners not to regard it as a party to the Georgian conflict.

The latest Geneva discussions were held in December 2013.

Head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told Itar-Tass that Georgia had not changed its position.

The lack of progress has been conditioned by the fact that “it is rather difficult to get rid of old inertia when Mikhail Saakashvili was Georgia’s president”, the Russian top diplomat said.

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` UN has said that an ` Egyptian Court’s ‘ decision to Sentence 529 Muslim Brotherhood to Death contravenes International Law ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – March 25 – The UN human-rights office said Tuesday that an Egyptian court’s decision to sentence 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death contravened international law, Reuters reported.

Monday’s ruling is seen as the biggest mass death penalty handed out in modern Egyptian history.

“The mass imposition of the death penalty after a trial rife with procedural irregularities is in breach of international human rights law,” UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said in Geneva.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s leader and 682 others went on trial Tuesday in the same court.

Ace Related News – March 24 – 11.06 GMT – Extract – #AceWorldNews – CAIRO – March 24 – In Egypt, 529 activists in the banned the association Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death.
The decision was made by the province of Minya Criminal Court http://wp.me/p165ui-4vi

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UN : ` Humanitarian Aid in `Syria ‘ has increased by ` One Million ‘ since the Start of 2014 ‘

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – March 24 – The number of people in need of humanitarian aid in Syria has increased by one million since the start of 2014, totalling 3.5 million people, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the UN Security Council.

“As the intensity of fighting grows, increasingly more people end up with no access to humanitarian organizations,” Ban said in the document, as quoted by Itar-Tass.

The UN chief regretted that a month after a UN resolution urged both Syrian authorities and the rebels to allow access for humanitarian supplies, there has been no significant breakthrough on the matter.

The Syrian government should fast-track authorizing the UN convoys delivering aid for the people in need, and opposition fighters should grant safe passage for the convoys, he said.

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