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Children vulnerable to abuse and violence during coronavirus lockdowns, UN experts warn

New York/IBNS: Independent UN human rights experts have called on States to boost child protection measures to help safeguard the welfare of millions of children who may be more exposed to violence, sale, trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Seven charged in Australia for sexually abusing minors

Sydney, Feb 6 (IBNS): Seven people have been charged in Australia for physically and sexually abusing three minor boys between 2014 and 2016.

‘Zero tolerance’ for sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff in South Sudan, underscores senior official

New York, Dec 8(Just Earth News): The relationship between United Nations peacekeepers and civilian staff and the vulnerable people in South Sudan they are working for must be one of mutual trust and confidence, said a senior UN official, noting that instances of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel not only breaks down that relationship, it also destroys the trust communities have in the Organization.

UN warns of trafficking, sexual abuse in shadow of Rohingya refugee crisis

New York, Nov 14(Just Earth News): Human trafficking and exploitation are rife among Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar to seek safety in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, the United Nations migration agency has found.  

UN advocate vows to give 'visibility' to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse

  New York, Nov 4(Just Earth News): Briefing the press at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the first time, the first-ever UN advocate for the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse on Friday highlighted her role to give those who have suffered “visibility” and amplify their voices.

New allegation of sexual abuse surfaces at UN mission in Central African Republic

New York, Oct 12(Just Earth News): United Nations Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said Wednesday that the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reported it had received an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor that took place in Bambari by UN peacekeepers.

Conflict keeps 27 million children out of school, with girls at high risk of abuse – UN report

New York, Sept 19(Just Earth News): Some 27 million children are out of school due to conflict, with girls facing a heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence, the United Nations said in a report released on Monday, calling on States and international organizations to integrate all uprooted children into the education system where they live.

Use political weight to eliminate sexual exploitation and abuse, UN official urges global leaders

New York, Sept 17(Just Earth News): Ahead of a high-level United Nations meeting on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, the Organization's Special Coordinator on the issue is urging global leaders to join the “Circle of Leadership,” lend the political weight of their offices, and act – both at the national and international levels – to eradicate the scourge.

Abuse, exploitation and trafficking 'stark reality' for migrant children trying to reach Europe – UN report

New York, Sept 12(Just Earth News): More than 75 per cent of migrant and refugee children trying to reach Europe via the Central Mediterranean route face appalling levels of abuse, exploitation and trafficking, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said, calling on the continent to establish safe and regular pathways for migration.

Marginalization, perceived abuse of power pushing Africa’s youth to extremism – UN study

New York, Sept 7(Just Earth News): Deprivation, marginalization and perceived state violence or abuse of power are pushing young Africans into the clutches of violent extremism, a groundbreaking study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reveals.

Strong partnership between UN and Member States vital to end sexual exploitation and abuse

New York, July 15(Just Earth News): Senior United Nations officials on Thursday underscored the importance of a strong partnership between the Organization and Member States in moving forward with efforts to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse.

Faith central to hope and resilience, highlights UN chief, launching initiative to combat atrocities

New York, July 15(Just Earth News): Voicing concern over the abuse of religion to justify incitement to violence and discrimination, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday underscored the importance of religious leaders in preventing violence and contributing to peace and stability.

Former UN envoy urges continued vigilance in fight against sexual exploitation and abuse

New York, July 6(Just Earth News): While a number of steps have been taken to address the scourge of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), the former deputy head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has urged continued vigilance to ensure that the world body’s personnel do no harm while carrying out their duties.

On International Day Against Drug Abuse, UN urges collective action to realize global commitments

New York, June 27(Just Earth News): To mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the United Nations is calling on all countries to honour their commitments to address the scourge and to ensure that steps to do so are consistent with human rights and promote equality, peace, security and sustainable development.

‘All of us can and must be prepared to speak out’ to halt abuse of older persons – UN rights expert

New York, June 15(Just Earth News): Many older persons are at risk of being abused by their own relatives, a United Nations human rights expert has warned, urging greater vigilance and more reporting of suspected cases, especially since many fear on the part of older persons may not speak up for fear of reprisals – or to protect family members from criminal prosecution.