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July 8th, 2015

A foe that no child should face – the plight of child soldiers

Should there ever be any link between the words ‘child’ and ‘soldier’?  On the 13th ‘International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers’ (February 2015) UNICEF and the United Nations (UN) Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict  reported that children are increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and use by armed groups in conflicts in over 20 countries worldwide. ...

July 3rd, 2015

Weekly News Round Up (03/07/15)

  News from HART
  • Russell Kane will star in a comedy fundraiser for HART, in collaboration with the Comedy Bunker at Mill Hill, on Thursday 17th September. You can buy tickets here – £15 or £13.50 with a student discount.
  • HART is now part of the Medium community, a social journalism platform that gives us the opportunity to be even more creative, diverse and collaborative.
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June 20th, 2015

Adrift: The Record Number of Refugees and the Challenges They Face | HART Blog Series World Refugee Day

This Saturday marks the 14th annual World Refugee Day. First observed in 2001 to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention related to the status of refugees, World Refugee Day is all about honouring what Save the Children describe as the courage, strength and determination of men, women and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence....

June 19th, 2015

Weekly News Round Up (19/06/15): The Flight of Omar al-Bashir and other news

This week – Omar al-Bashir narrowly escapes ICC justice. –   Since the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted Sudan’s President Omar-al Bashir back in 2009 for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the court has been struggling to secure cooperation from governments around the world in arresting Bashir and bringing him to trial at The Hague....

June 9th, 2015

Statement by KWAT on the 4th anniversary of the renewal of war in Kachin areas

Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) have a released a statement on the 4th anniversary of the renewal of conflict in Kachin areas following the breaking of a 17-year-old ceasefire by the Burmese Government. As conflict has worsened in 2015, KWAT are calling for support from the international community by releasing this statement: “The international community must start pressuring the Burmese government to stop its attacks against ethnic people. ...

June 8th, 2015

Worldwide Call for an Immediate End to Offensives in Northern Burma/Myanmar and for the Provision of Unhindered Humanitarian Assistance to the IDPs

  56 Solidarity Groups, including HART, have signed a letter calling for an ‘Immediate End to Offensives in Northern Burma/Myanmar and for the Provision of Unhindered Humanitarian Assistance to the IDPs‘. The letter was published today (8th June 2015), the day before the 4th year anniversary of the breaking of the 17-year-old ceasefire with the Kachin Independence Army by the Burmese military....

May 29th, 2015

Baroness Cox’s contribution to the House of Lords debate on the Queen’s Speech, 28/05/2015

On the 28th May, the House of Lords opened for the ‘Debate on the Humble Address – foreign affairs, European affairs, international development and defence’. Baroness Cox used this opportunity to highlight to the House ongoing human rights abuse against ethnic minorities in Burma, particularly in the Shan and Kachin states and genocide in Sudan, focusing on the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan....

May 22nd, 2015

HART Weekly News Round Up (22/05/2015): Rohingya Refugee Crisis, and other stories from around the world

  Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution in Burma by boat have made international headlines this week. Petitions for ASEAN members and the international community to take action and end the humanitarian crisis for the refugees stranded at sea have been partially successful. ...

May 21st, 2015

Thai-Burma Borderlands – NEW HART Visit Report

A new report from Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) detailing ongoing human rights abuses, land expropriation and military offensives committed by the Burmese Army against the ethnic national peoples in Burma. The report is based upon findings from a recent visit to Burma, with interviews conducted with IDPs within Shan State and representatives from Community Based Organisations (CBOs) working with the Shan, Kachin, Karen and Karenni people....
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