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U.N. reports high levels of violence against children in armed conflict

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U.N. reports high levels of violence against children in armed conflict

2024-06-14 15:14 Last Updated At:22:27

Children living in conflict situations have experienced violence at unbearable levels in 2023, according to a UN report presented to a Security Council briefing on Thursday.

Virginia Gamba, the U.N. Secretary-General's special representative for children and armed conflict, presented the U.N. Secretary-General Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC), calling on the international community to recommit to protecting children from the effects of armed conflict.

The evolving nature, complexity, and intensification of armed conflict, as well as the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, has led to a shocking increase in grave violations against children in 2023, according to the report.

The report revealed that 32,990 grave violations were verified against 22,557 children in the year.

"The highest numbers of grave violations during 2023 were first and foremost the killing and maiming of 11,649 children, second, the recruitment and use of 8,655 children, and third, the abduction of 4,356 children," said Gamba.

She added that the highest numbers of grave violations were verified in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Somalia, Nigeria, and Sudan.

"Situations in the CAAC report where substantial increase in grave violations were verified include a rise of over 155 percent violations over prior years in the conflict in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory, notably in Israel and the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank, while in Sudan, we witnessed a staggering 480 percent increase in grave violations against children in highly populated spaces such as in Khartoum and in the Darfur region," said Gamba.

The annual report listed the parties to serious violations, with the Israeli armed forces and security forces for the first time included in the list for killing and maiming, attacks on schools and hospitals and related personnel, and denial of humanitarian access to children.

The report pointed out that the brutal acts of terror perpetrated on Israeli communities involving the deliberate killing, maiming, torture, and abduction of civilians, including children and other protected persons, as planned and conducted by the armed group Hamas ‘Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades and affiliated factions, and by the armed group Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s al-Quds Brigades has led to their listing for the violations of killing and maiming, and abduction of children.

She was referring to the rampage by Islamic militants through the southern Israeli border on Oct. 7, 2023, during which about 1,200 people were killed and more than 200 were taken hostage. The rampage has led to Israel’s large-scale offensive in the Gaza Strip in retaliation, killing over 36,700 Palestinians, including women and children. There have also been Palestinian fatalities in Israeli attacks on the occupied West Bank.

In addition, the Sudanese Armed Forces have been listed for the grave violations of killing and maiming, and for attacks on schools and hospitals.

U.N. reports high levels of violence against children in armed conflict

U.N. reports high levels of violence against children in armed conflict

U.N. reports high levels of violence against children in armed conflict

U.N. reports high levels of violence against children in armed conflict

U.N. reports high levels of violence against children in armed conflict

U.N. reports high levels of violence against children in armed conflict

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Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

2024-07-22 22:24 Last Updated At:22:57

Chinese Premier Li Qiang has called for efforts to push forward high-standard opening-up and actively explore and innovate to motivate more momentum and vitality, so as to advance high-quality development in further deepening reform comprehensively.

Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks during a research trip to north China's Tianjin Municipality on Monday.

Li first visited the core area of the Tiankai Higher Education Innovation Park, where he learned about the park's construction and operation, and had talks with researchers and heads of sci-tech financial institutions as well as start-ups.

Saying that the key to fostering new growth drivers and developing new quality productivity lies in reform and innovation, Li underlined staying focused on integrated development of sci-tech innovation and industrial innovation, therefore building a more efficient and attractive sci-tech innovation platform.

He called for more support for small and medium-sized sci-tech firms and incentives for sci-tech personnel in terms of policies and funding, so as to promote the application of scientific and technological advances, and accelerate the development of new quality productivity.

The park, inaugurated in May, was established through the collaboration of Tianjin-based top-notched universities including Tianjin University and Nankai University.

Li then visited the branch of the world-leading elevator manufacturer Otis and CDHorizon, a world's top integrated equipment operation service provider, in the Binhai New Area.

Li urged efforts to make good use of policies for supporting the large renewal of equipment and to support enterprises in promoting the new application of artificial intelligence, so that more enterprises and products with core competitiveness can compete to emerge.

The premier also highlighted innovative use of financial leasing and other financial instruments, thus better serving the real economy.

Li called on the Binhai New Area to take the lead in better stimulating impetus and vitality in deepening reform, underlining the reform in institutions and mechanisms of the pilot free trade zone, financial innovation and development, and high-level opening up to the outside world.

Li also emphasized the need to accelerate the integrated development of ports, industries and cities by leveraging strengths and characteristics, in order to integrate resources and enhance their role in promoting the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

Fully acknowledging Tianjin's achievements in socio-economic development, Li expressed his hope that the municipality will forge ahead and constantly scale new heights in promoting high-quality development.

Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

Premier Li urges high-quality development to further deepen reform comprehensively

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