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Human Rights
The European Union (EU) has made available 8 million Euro for vulnerable populations in Kenya and the Somali refugees at the Dadaab camp as part of the celebrations on International Day for Refugees on Sunday. (Full Story)
The U.N. refugee agency says the humanitarian situation in Somalia is getting worse and worse and «serious atrocities are taking place almost on a daily basis. (Full Story)
EU will pay more more money to elections in Afghanistan than food aid to the whole of East and the Horn of Africa. NGOs and humanitarian analysts have decried the imbalanced and inappropriate response of the EU to human suffering the world over. (Full Story)
Martin Bell, former BBC war correspondent and current UNICEF UK Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies, recently concluded a three-day trip to the north-east zone of Somalia to report on the situation of children and women affected by conflict, drought, displacement and other hardships – and to shed light on UNICEF's efforts to provide them with crucial services. (Full Story)
In a telegram sent to the United Nation's in Geneva today, Pope Benedict XVI added his voice to the call for hope and dignity for every child, as the UN marked the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. (Full Story)
Islamabad/Brussels - Unless relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) are urgently improved, the army’s offensive against the Taliban risks leaving the extremists the ultimate winners. (Full Story)
By Joe DeCapua

Next week, the UN General Assembly decides who should be on the Human Rights Council. On May 12th, 2009, the General Assembly is expected to elect as many as 18 new members – more than a third of the council's total membership. (Full Story)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Canada will discuss its human rights record as the Government of Canada takes part in its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009. (Full Story)
London - A new report showing that Muslim women are discriminated against and encounter gross bias when they subject themselves to Sharia adjudications was welcomed by The One Law for All Campaign, which is supported by a variety of organisations and individuals. (Full Story)
Nearly half (49%) of off-reserve First Nations children under 6 years of age live in low-income families, compared with 18% of non-Aboriginal children, while about 43% of Inuit children are living in a crowded dwelling, six times the proportion of 7% among non-Aboriginal children, according to a survey by Statistics Canada. The survey also reveals that more than one-quarter (27%) of off-reserve First Nations children under 6 years old have mothers between the ages of 15 and 24, compared with 8% of non-Aboriginal children. (Full Story)
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