Hitting Rock Bottom: Children’s Suffering in Syria at its Worst – UNICEF

NEW YORK (March 13, 2017) – Grave violations against children in Syria were the highest on record in 2016, said UNICEF in a grim assessment of the conflict’s impact on children, as the war reaches six years.

Verified instances of killing, maiming and recruitment of children increased sharply last year in a drastic escalation of violence across the country.

Statement on Impact on Children of New Law in Hungary – Attributed to UNICEF Regional Director and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, Afshan Khan

NEW YORK (March 9, 2017) – "UNICEF is alarmed by the adoption of a new law in Hungary that foresees the mandatory detention of refugee and migrant children over 14 years of age. We appeal to the President to treat all children as children first and foremost, before signing this new law.

“Detaining refugee and migrant children fleeing violence and persecution and seeking a better life is traumatic. It effectively criminalizes children and robs them of their rights such as education. The impact of this on any child, no matter their age, can last a lifetime.

Statement Attributable to Tanya Chapuisat, UNICEF Lebanon Representative, and Hakam Shahwan, Director of UNRWA Affairs a.i. in Lebanon on the Impact and Injuries to Civilians, Including Children, Resulting from the Ongoing Clashes

NEW YORK (February 28, 2017) – “UNRWA and UNICEF strongly condemn the armed violence in Ein El‑Hilweh Palestine refugee camp in Saida, which directly affects the safety and security of civilians, including children. 

We deplore reports at least nine civilians, including a thirteen year old boy and a United Nations (UNRWA) staff member, have been injured as a result of the conflict.  We are deeply concerned that ongoing violence will result in further civilian casualties, including children.

Joint Press Release: New European Union Returns Policies Put Children at Risk

NEW YORK (March 3, 2017) – The European Commission yesterday adopted a Recommendation and Renewed Action Plan for EU member states to consider in their procedures to return men, women and children staying irregularly in the EU to their countries of origin or transit. It encourages member states to undertake swift returns, which limit basic safeguards and rights that should be guaranteed to all migrants, including in cases involving children.

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