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Mar 12 2014 4:17PM
Trigger-happy killing in the West Bank

16-year-old Samir Awad was brutally assassinated by Israeli soldiers. After finishing his school science exam in January 2013 the child was walking along a crossing close to the Israeli fence in the West Bank. He was ambushed by...

Feb 3 2014 2:26PM
South Sudan: Renewed conflict threatens the lives of many children

Owing to a political dispute, on 15 December 2013 violence between rival army factions erupted in South Sudan. As a result thousands of people have been killed, many of them children, with 860,000 displaced. A serious humanitarian...

Jan 31 2014 12:20PM
The murky world of Orphanage Tourism

Recent UNICEF reports suggest that there are more than 200 million orphan children worldwide. This figure rises drastically when taking into consideration the number children (millions) who are abandoned, sold and/or trafficked around...

Dec 31 2013 8:47PM
India: Women and children regularly raped and abused

Various research and case studies have been conducted on the treatment of women and young girls in India and other south Asian communities, and have illustrated that females are considered subpecies by much of the male populace and are...

Dec 31 2013 7:01PM

10-year-old Jehad Nabeel al-Samee’ and 13-year-old ‘Abdullah Yousif al-Bahraini, are being held in a juvenile detention centre for investigation. They were brought before the Juvenile Prosecution on 18 December, accused of “attacking a...

Dec 31 2013 5:03PM
Bahrain: Children detained, threatened

Two young Bahraini cousins, namely Sayed Tameem Majed Ahmad Majed and Sayed Hashim Alwai Ahmad Majed, have been detained by the Bahraini authorities since 8 December 2013. 13-year-old Sayed Tameem was arrested at approximately 3.10pm...

Dec 24 2013 6:14PM
Migrant workers in Qatar and Saudi Arabia suffer extreme abuse and human rights violations

The plight of migrant workers in Middle Eastern countries is a topic of great concern and was a point of great discussion for the recent International Migrants Day 2013. Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been highlighted as major culprits in...

Dec 18 2013 2:39PM
Mali: Children detained and tortured by security forces

Five Malian children have been detained in a military detention centre for over seven months. They are being held in poor conditions at the Gendarmerie camp in Bamako, along with adult detainees. The five children between the ages of...

Dec 17 2013 12:59PM
Northern Ireland: Church child abuse reports are 'inadequate'

Recent reports published by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, have been dismissed as inadequate and are no substitute for a proper independent investigation into clerical child sex abuse throughout...

Dec 16 2013 3:23PM
Egypt: Schoolboy detained, as supports ex-president

Khaled Mohamed Bakara, a 15-year-old high-school student who attended Balteem Secondary School in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate, was arrested on 25 November at his school. He was arrested simply because he was using stationery with a...

Dec 4 2013 2:20PM
Brazil: Families left homeless, threatened by gunmen

Four community leaders, namely José Santana, Nena Rodrigues do Nascimento, João Rosa de Souza Filho and Antonio Gaspar Ribeiro, along with 60 families in rural communities in Maranhão have been forcibly evicted, threatened and “marked...

Oct 18 2013 5:15PM
Juvenile offender executed in Gaza

Hani Abu Alian was executed by the Hamas de facto administration at the Jawazat police compound in Gaza City. He was executed despite serious concerns about the fairness of his trial, including allegations he was tortured to “confess”...

Oct 4 2013 6:18PM
Bahrain: Child protesters given 10 years in prison

Jehad Sadeq ‘Aziz Salman and Ebrahim Ahmed Radi al-Moqdad, two 16-year-old Bahraini boys, have had their 10-year prison sentences upheld by the High Criminal Court of Appeal. The two children had been convicted under articles of the...

Oct 3 2013 11:52AM
Bahrain authorities arrest yet another child

Sayed Hassan Sayed Mohammad Shubbar, a 14-year-old Bahraini boy, has been arrested and the Public Prosecution has extended his detention pending investigation. He is currently being held in a juvenile detention centre and has...

Sep 25 2013 5:55PM
Fifteen-year-old diabetic boy held in detention in Bahrain

15-year-old ‘Ali Muslim Ebrahim, a Bahraini boy who suffers from diabetes, was arrested at his home in al-Hidd in northern Bahrain on 8 September 2013 and was reportedly hit on the head during interrogation. The Public Prosecutor has...

Sep 25 2013 4:45PM
Bahrain: Child released on bail

13-year-old Salman Mahdi Salman, a Bahraini child, was released on 10 September 2013 following a month long detention where he was allegedly beaten and threats made against his parents. Following his release from a juvenile detention...

Sep 11 2013 4:04PM
Bahrain: Child tortured in detention

Ali Hatem Ali Salman, a 14-year-old Bahraini boy, was arrested and reportedly tortured and otherwise ill-treated during interrogation to “confess” to rioting. The child was arrested on 26 August 2013 in a coffee shop, in the...

Sep 6 2013 4:46PM
Syria: Child detainee dies in military hospital

The family of Syrian 16-year-old Ahmed Ismael al-'Akkad were told in early August 2013 that he had died in a military hospital. We have appealed to the Syrian authorities on numerous occasions, voicing concerns about the detention and...

Sep 5 2013 7:24PM
Bahrain: Boy arrested, threatened, risks torture

Salman Mahdi Salman, a 13-year-old Bahraini boy, has been arrested and had his detention order renewed for seven days by the Public Prosecution on 21 August 2013. He is held in a juvenile detention centre, but at risk of torture or...

Aug 16 2013 3:56PM
Egypt: Authorities preparing to deport refugee children

The Egyptian authorities are preparing to deport a group of refugees, threatening their lives and security. The group which consists of 13 Syrians and 28 Palestinians is to be deported to Turkey and the Gaza Strip respectively. The...