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Protection of family, motherhood, paternity and childhood is one of the fundamental duties of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The future, perception of the world, behavior and psychological state of a child depends on the conditions in which he lives.
The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
Conflict and violence has driven more than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old — about 22 per cent of children in that age group — from schools in warzones across 22 countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.
French police have detained three people in election night protests, as demonstrators burned cars, danced around bonfires and dodged riot police.
UNICEF: more than 150 children estimated to have died taking Central Mediterranean migration route this year
According to UNICEF estimates, more than 150 children have died crossing the Central Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy so far this year. Yet the true number of child casualties is almost certainly higher given that many children on the move are unaccompanied, so their deaths often go unreported.
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has published its latest report on the United Kingdom, following a visit to several places of detention in the country last spring.
Congressional police in riot gear used tear gas to drive back hundreds of members of federal police unions who tried to invade the Brazilian Congress on Tuesday to protest a pension reform bill that would reduce their benefits.
On 16 April, a referendum on the transition from parliamentary to presidential form of government was held in Turkey. According to preliminary data, supporters of the constitutional reform won 51.2% of the vote, which is 1.25 million more comparing to opponents.
In recent years, cases of cancer among children have increased significantly. Each year, 140 in a million children under 14 years are diagnosed with dangerous oncological diseases. On 14 April UN reports that an international study conducted with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) provided this data.
Two years ago, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which states that primary education should be free and compulsory for all, came into force in South Africa.