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Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change. International humanitarian law - the law that governs the conduct of armed conflict - could not be clearer. Attacks must never be directed against civilians. The principle of distinguishing between civilians and combatants is a fundamental safeguard for people caught up in the horrors of war.
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Children are increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and use by armed groups as conflicts around the world become more brutal, intense and widespread. “While Governments of the world have made progress to recognize children have no place in their armies, the recruitment of child soldiers is still a huge problem, especially with armed groups,” said Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. ”Out of 59 parties to conflict identified by the Secretary-General for grave violations against children, 57 are named because they are recruiting and using child soldiers.”
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One of the “biggest Snowden stories yet” has arrived on the 20th of February, according to journalist Glenn Greenwald. Spies from the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) and the United Kingdom's Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) “hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe.” The information was obtained from top-secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
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The right to health is protected by international legal instruments such as Article 25 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The right to health encompass both freedoms and entitlements. The freedoms include the right to control one's health and body and the right to be free from interference, such as the right to be free from torture, non-consensual medical treatment and experimentation. The entitlements include timely and appropriate health care and the underlying determinants of health, such as access to safe and potable water and adequate sanitation, an adequate supply of safe food, nutrition and housing, healthy occupational and environmental conditions, and access to health-related education and information. Availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality are the four criteria by which the implementation of right to health is to be assessed.
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L’histoire du concept de tolérance, comme celui de laïcité, est intimement liée au concept de religion. Les trois traités modernes désormais classiques sur le sujet en apportent la preuve : d’une part, l’Essai sur la tolérance de Locke (1677) consacré aux fondements de la liberté religieuse, d’autre part, le Traité sur la tolérance (1763) de Voltaire, plaidoyer pour la tolérance écrit en défense de Jean Calas, huguenot exécuté après avoir été accusé à tort d’avoir assassiné son fils qui voulait se convertir au catholicisme. Enfin, l’oeuvre de Lessing intitulée Nathan le Sage (1778) qui est moins connue, bien que son influence historique soit comparable, si ce n’est plus grande, que celle des deux autres ouvrages mentionnés.
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The UN refugee agency reported that fighting in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region is creating new displacement and pushing the number of registered internally displaced people (IDP) close to the 1 million mark. Ukraine's Ministry of Social Policy puts the number of registered IDPs countrywide at 980,000 – a figure that is expected to rise as more newly uprooted people are being registered. In addition, some 600,000 Ukrainians have sought asylum or other forms of legal stay in neighbouring countries, particularly the Russian Federation, but also Belarus, Moldova, Poland, Hungary and Romania, since February 2014.
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Meeting of minds: what we can learn from intercultural exchanges

Author : Euronews

Sometimes we learn more about people from other cultures by meeting them than we do by reading about them. In this edition of Learning World Maha Barada presents three stories that reinforce this idea.
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