UN identifies most persistent users of child soldiers in armed conflicts

The annual report of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict shows that 16 different armies and insurgent groups – in conflicts ranging from the Philippines and Myanmar to Darfur, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Colombia – have recruited or used child soldiers for at least the past five years.The report also identifies the groups which subjects minors to the most brutal violence, such as killings, maimings, rapes and other sexual assaults.Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, warned that “we still live in a world with those who would use children as spies, soldiers, and human shields.“The shifting nature of conflict has put many children on the front lines. Too often children become collateral damage during military operations. Every year the release of this report should give us pause. Let us remember that we must protect the most innocent and most vulnerable,” she added.The persistent violators include Abu Sayyaf, the New People’s Army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), three insurgent groups that are active in the Philippines. Myanmar’s national army, known as Tatmadaw Kyi, and the rebel Karenni Army and Karen National Liberation Army were also identified.The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) continue to recruit and use child soldiers in their fight against Government forces and paramilitary groups in the South American country, the report noted.In the DRC, the report named violators on both sides of the conflict still flaring in the east – the national army (known as the FARDC) and the rebel Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), Nationalist and Integrationalist Front (FNI), the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and various militias that are known as the Mai-Mai.In Sudan, pro-Government militias in Darfur and the southern-based Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) were included in the list, while Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) was also named.But the report, which has been sent to the Security Council, makes clear that progress has been made with some groups which have recently signed action plans in which they aim to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers. The MILF, the SPLA and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist have all signed such plans.Burundi has been removed from the annexes to the report following UN verification that all children associated with the National Liberation Forces (FNL) have been reunited with their families and that the group has ceased recruitment.By contrast, some groups have been named for the first time as recruiting or using children in armed conflict. These include the Afghan National Police, the rebel Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Somalia’s Hizbul Islam militia.Somalia’s Al-Shabaab, an Islamist rebel force, and the TFG both stand accused of killing and maiming children in the Horn of Africa country.Several groups involved in fighting in the eastern DRC were named as being responsible for rapes and other forms of sexual violence against children. They are the FARDC, LRA, FDLR, the Patriotic Resistance Forces in Ituri district (FRPI), the FNI and the Mai-Mai.The report lists several recommendations to the Security Council for consideration, including more vigorous measures against those groups and individuals who persistently commit grave violations against children. The Council will discuss the report at an open debate next month. 21 May 2010The United Nations today for the first time named the military forces and rebel groups that are the most persistent violators of children in armed conflicts, identifying groups in Asia, Africa and Latin America which continue to recruit child soldiers and use them to wage war. read more

Shoreham air crash Who were the victims

first_imgShoreham air crash victims (clockwise from top left) Mark Trussler, Maurice Abrahams, Dylan Archer, Richard Smith, Mark Reeves, Matt Jones, Tony Brightwell and Matthew GrimstoneCredit:PA She told him she loved him and his last words to her were, “I love you too, forever”. A motorbike and rugby fan, he was also described as a doting father.Dylan Archer, 42, and Richard Smith, 26:IT consultant Mr Archer, a father of two who lived in Brighton, and Mr Smith, who lived in Hove, were due to meet up with a third friend to head out for a cycle ride in the South Downs. His family said he was combining two favourite hobbies of riding his cherished Honda bike to take photographs at the air show.Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, both 23:The two Worthing United footballers were travelling together in a car to a 3pm home game against Loxwood FC when they were caught up in the crash. Mark Trussler, 49, a motorcyclistCredit:PA Relatives said he was kind and generous with a “great sense of humour”. He was a private and loving family man, they added.A lifetime member of the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex, married father Mr Mallinson had recently developed an interest in photographing vintage aircraft.Mark Trussler, 54:Father-of-six Mr Trussler, a window cleaner from Worthing, had taken his motorbike for a spin on the day of the tragedy as he had also wanted to see the Vulcan flight. Daniele Polito who was killed in the Shoreham aircrash Mr Archer, who grew up in the Midlands, had a lifelong passion for bikes and cars, and rode the bike he made himself on the day he died.After going to university in Birmingham, Buckinghamshire-raised Mr Smith worked in a bicycle shop in Cosham, Portsmouth.He later moved to Hove where he worked in marketing and web development at ActSmart, a firm that specialises in providing advice to the cycle industry.Tony Brightwell, 53:Health care manager Mr Brightwell, from Hove, was indulging his twin passions of planes and cycling when tragedy struck. Matthew Grimstone and Jacob SchiltCredit: His funeral was held at St Margaret’s Church in Rottingdean, where he had driven brides to their weddings countless times. Married to Edwina, Mr Abrahams had a son, Eddie, and daughter Lizzie.James Graham Mallinson, known as Graham, 72:Retired engineer Mr Mallinson, from Newick, near Lewes, had gone to Shoreham to photograph one of the last Vulcan bomber flights. Mark Trussler, 49, a motorcyclist A grandfather, relatives described him as a “sun worshipper” who would often be seen relaxing with a cocktail in hand on holiday. Floral tributes to the victims of the plane crash at ShorehamCredit:Paul Grover Shoreham victims Dylan Archer, 42, and Richard Smith Shoreham air crash victims (clockwise from top left) Mark Trussler, Maurice Abrahams, Dylan Archer, Richard Smith, Mark Reeves, Matt Jones, Tony Brightwell and Matthew Grimstonecenter_img Mr Polito’s mother Leslye Polito said on the first anniversary of the disaster that the previous 12 months had failed to ease her loss. A keen DJ, Mr Jones had reportedly recently returned to the UK from living in Australia. Daniele Polito who was killed in the Shoreham aircrashCredit:FACEBOOK Eleven people were killed when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop stunt over West Sussex on August 22, 2015.It crashed in a fireball on the busy A27, hitting vehicles and pedestrians. Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt Shoreham victims Dylan Archer, 42, and Richard SmithCredit:PA Here are profiles of the victims:Maurice Abrahams, 76:Chauffeur Mr Abrahams, from Brighton, was en route in his classic Daimler to collect bride Rebecca Sheen and take her to her wedding when the plane crashed. While in Shoreham, he texted his fiancee Giovanna Chirico telling her to get the children ready so they could take them out for lunch on his return home. Mr Grimstone’s parents Sue and Phil and brothers David and Paul called him the “kindest person you could ever meet”.Team-mates said Mr Schilt was a “tenacious midfielder” with an eye for a goal.Mr Grimstone had also worked at Brighton & Hove Albion for seven years, most recently as a groundsman at the Lancing training ground.Matt Jones, 24, and Daniele Polito, 23:Father Mr Polito, from Worthing, was travelling in the same car as personal trainer Mr Jones when tragedy struck. His fiancee Lara watched him cycle off to watch one of the last Vulcan bomber flights, “but he never came home”, she said.Mr Brightwell gained his private pilot licence at Shoreham, loved food and cooking, and admired Second World War pilots.Mark Reeves, 53:Computer-aided design technician Mr Reeves, from Seaford, near Eastbourne, had parked his motorbike to take photographs of planes when the crash happened. Floral tributes to the victims of the plane crash at Shoreham A former police officer with Hampshire Constabulary, he was an ex-member of the Grenadier Guards and Parachute Regiment, and had served in Cyprus and Bahrain with the UN.In his later years, he enjoyed working for East Sussex-based Chariots Chauffeurs as well as gardening. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Qatari handball revolution Khalid Seif Al Kuwari El Jaish We have our

about their motivation to come and play here for a while? – I am satisfied with the guys who were in El Jaish. We are capable to sign big names and in many cases we did a good job with themalso Nandor Fazekas is coming. They have all played in the best competitionsare ready to make fantastic tournament. What is for your “perfect result” of Qatari team at WCh 2015? – We have a good teambecame a very popular handball destination for all handball loversbut also boost in every aspect necessary for better sports performance. El Jaish won all the competitions in Qatar in the last two years with you on president’s position. You still need the biggest trbut also looking forward for a European tourbut also to work with mix of nationalities and mentalities in the team. When you will announce the name of the new head-coach? – We want to find a coach on stabil basisbut everything is possible… Which team you would like to see at the desired final? – Barcelona. You are making European profile of one Qatari team. El Jaish signed some European handball stars on longbut from the other sidebut he didn’t go deeper to solve that issue. I was also player and the coach. It is tough job the find the good coach. We need a person who will know how to react on Arabic mentalitybut it will be difficult to make something big. It is tough to saybut quarterfinal would be fantastic achievement. Qatar wasn’t “dream handball destination” in the past. What happened in the last few yearsbut we have done a lot to make this progressbut we want more. El Jaish is the best in Asiabut we want to go step further… That means that you have a strong wish to win the IHF Super Globe in September? How far you are from that achievement? – We achieved our goal last seasonDa CostaEl JaishEl Jaish handballEl Jaish’s president Khalid Seif Al Kuwari.especiallyetc. Above allfamous coachesfrom the senior category ‘till the youngest players. That isn’t only financial supportgood players and mix with the youngstarshere in Doha. Which are your impressions about the event and what handball world can expect from Qatar 2015? – Qatar 2015 is something what we expect for a long time. It is a big honour to be a host ohow day eathow to play important matcheshow you can describe handball revolution which we are facing now? – I can agree that handball wasn’t too interesting here in the last 10 yearsin generallyin Qatar. We made a lotit’s true and this is a problem. The main problem is that coaches can’t recognize and adapt on mentality of people here. That is linked with the topic of taking “easy” money and playing without emotioKhalid Seif Al Kuwariless than six months are until World Championship 2015livemaking this topic even more interesting. Handball-Planet.com visited Doha last week and talked with Khalid Seif Al Kuwarimentality problem. We made a really strong staff. El Jaish is now the leader of Qatari handball. Qatari Federation supporting as in all the aspects. We have seven players in senior national team and mnational teams with clear vision to be among the best at the biggest scenenewon the highest level in Europeour technical staff giving the last word about the players status in the club. Our vision is to make a world class player hereour wish is to play at the final this season. We are realistic peoplepeople from handballplayers and coaches. Strong teamsplayers and work with them. That’s why I think we will have here a TOP level even after 2015. The first next “big thing” will be IHF Super Globe 2014 in September. For El Jaishraising media interestsome of them without any emotionsstrong line up with Goran Stojanovictake money and going back to Europe. That has to be changed and also this interview can help in that way. Some general opinion in Europe is that teams in Qatar replacing players and coaches too fast? the chairman of the most successful Qatari team in the past two yearsthe othersthey know how to face pressureto give him two-three years contract in which he will be able to achieve goals and improve our program. That is very important question for us. We don’t want interim solution. How do you see El Jaish TOP handball players who are playing theretough endings. We have also in El Jaish players from Egypt and other NT’s. All Qatari teams had a lot of “short-term” contracts with the European stars. Which is your experience with themtournament in France in the last week of August… – Zarko Markovic and Goran Stojanovic are already herewe can be a little angry because of that way of thinking that handball in Qatar is some kind of “second level”. Many of them come to play here a few matches onlywe have a good teamwe have changed the mentality of the club. We have seen many mistakes in the past. We solved some thingswe have younger generation in which we invested a lot of money and energy. We hope that they will represent Qatar in the future. Our junior and youth teams competing at the World and Asian Championshiwe know how tough it will be and against whom we have to playwe won some important trophieswhen we finished third. Tie with Hamburg was really important to show us that we are capable to play with the best European teams. As we achieved our last year’ goal – third placewhere you finished third last year. What was changed in El Jaish in comparation with the previous period? – Actualywhich have 300 members. That is our fortune for the future. Do you believe that huge interest for handball will stay even after Qatar 2015? – Yeswhich is visible to all handball community. We are supporting players and staffWho are the leading people of handball in Qatar? Country who is facing the handball revolution in the last few years ahead of World Championship 2015 in Doha next Januarywho taking care about every day life of the youngstarswho will compete at the IHF Super Globe 2014 in the second week of September. Mr Kuwariwith or without trophy… – We are dreaming about that. Insalah – concluded an interview for Handball-Planet.com ← Previous Story African star Wael Jallouz joins FC Barcelona! Next Story → MEN’S U20 EHF EURO 2014 – DAY 2: Last chance for Norway and Hungary? Who are the leading people of handball in Qatar? Country who is facing the handball revolution in the last few years ahead of World Championship 2015 in Doha next January, became a very popular handball destination for all handball lovers, players and coaches. Strong teams, national teams with clear vision to be among the best at the biggest scene, TOP handball players who are playing there, famous coaches, raising media interest, making this topic even more interesting. Handball-Planet.com visited Doha last week and talked with Khalid  Seif Al Kuwari, the chairman of the most successful Qatari team in the past two years, El Jaish, who will compete at the IHF Super Globe 2014 in the second week of September.Mr Kuwari, less than six months are until World Championship 2015, here in Doha. Which are your impressions about the event and what handball world can expect from Qatar 2015?– Qatar 2015 is something what we expect for a long time. It is a big honour to be a host of the such a big competition. We have a huge interests for TOP sports here in Qatar. All the people linked with the event will give their maximum to ensure unforgettable experience in January. Handball is the second sport in Qatar behind football. We, people from handball, are ready to make fantastic tournament.GET READY FOR FANTASTIC EVENTWhat  is for you the “perfect result” of Qatari team at WCh 2015?– We have a good team, strong line up with Goran Stojanovic, Da Costa, new, good players and mix with the youngstars, but it will be difficult to make something big. It is tough to say, but quarterfinal would be fantastic achievement.Qatar wasn’t “dream handball destination” in the past. What happened in the last few years, how you can describe handball revolution which we are facing now?– I can agree that handball wasn’t too interesting here in the last 10 years, but we have done a lot to make this progress, which is visible to all handball community. We are supporting players and staff, from the senior category ‘till the youngest players. That isn’t only financial support, but also boost in every aspect necessary for better sports performance.THE NEW MENTALITY – BROUGHT TROPHIES TO EL JAISHEl Jaish won all the competitions in Qatar in the last two years with you on president’s position. You still need the biggest trophy – IHF Super Globe, where you finished third last year. What was changed in El Jaish in comparation with the previous period?– Actualy, we have changed the mentality of the club. We have seen many mistakes in the past. We solved some things, especially, mentality problem. We made a really strong staff. El Jaish is now the leader of Qatari handball. Qatari Federation supporting as in all the aspects. We have seven players in senior national team and many more in younger NT categories. Our scouting team following the players activity during the season  with the most modern technology equipment. We have also people responsible for psychological work with the players, the others, who taking care about every day life of the youngstars, how day eat, live, etc. Above all, our technical staff giving the last word about the players status in the club. Our vision is to make a world class player here, in Qatar. We made a lot, but we want more. El Jaish is the best in Asia, but we want to go step further…That means that you have a strong wish to win the IHF Super Globe in September? How far you are from that achievement?– We achieved our goal last season, when we finished third. Tie with Hamburg was really important to show us that we are capable to play with the best European teams. As we achieved our last year’ goal – third place, our wish is to play at the final this season. We are realistic people, we know how tough it will be and against whom we have to play, but everything is possible…OUR GOAL – IHF SUPER GLOBE 2014 FINALWhich team you would like to see at the desired final?– Barcelona.You are making European profile of one Qatari team. El Jaish signed some European handball stars on long-term basis, but also looking forward for a European tour, tournament in France in the last week of August…– Zarko Markovic and Goran Stojanovic are already here, also Nandor Fazekas is coming. They have all played in the best competitions, on the highest level in Europe, they know how to face pressure, how to play important matches, tough endings. We have also in El Jaish players from Egypt and other NT’s.HANDBALL ISN’T ONLY ABOUT MONEY HERE…All Qatari teams had a lot of “short-term” contracts with the European stars. Which is your experience with them, about their motivation to come and play here for a while?– I am satisfied with the guys who were in El Jaish. We are capable to sign big names and in many cases we did a good job with them, but from the other side, in generally, we can be a little angry because of that way of thinking that handball in Qatar is some kind of “second level”. Many of them come to play here a few matches only, some of them without any emotions, take money and going back to Europe. That has to be changed and also this interview can help in that way.FOREIGNERS TO ADAPT ON MENTALITYSome general opinion in Europe is that teams in Qatar replacing players and coaches too fast?– Yes, it’s true and this is a problem. The main problem is that coaches can’t recognize and adapt on mentality of people here. That is linked with the topic of taking “easy” money and playing without emotions. El Jaish looking for a coach who will adapt to our mentality and system which are built in the club. We have results with the previous coach, we won some important trophies, but he didn’t go deeper to solve that issue. I was also player and the coach. It is tough job the find the good coach. We need a person who will know how to react on Arabic mentality, but also to work with mix of nationalities and mentalities in the team.COACH AS A LONG-TERM SOLUTIONWhen you will announce the name of the new head-coach?– We want to find a coach on stabil basis, to give him two-three years contract in which he will be able to achieve goals and improve our program.  That is very important question for us. We don’t want interim solution.How do you see El Jaish in the five years?– We will give our best to make a new generation of good players and give them a chance to play on big scene. We make strong basis in the club, which have 300 members. That is our fortune for the future.FUTURE SECURED AFTER QATAR 2015Do you believe that huge interest for handball will stay even after Qatar 2015?– Yes, we have younger generation in which we invested a lot of money and energy. We hope that they will represent Qatar in the future. Our junior and youth teams competing at the World and Asian Championships, we have a good team, players and work with them. That’s why I think we will have here a TOP level even after 2015.The first next “big thing” will be IHF Super Globe 2014 in September. For El Jaish, with or without trophy…– We are dreaming about that. Insalah – concluded an interview for Handball-Planet.com, El Jaish’s president Khalid Seif Al Kuwari.ZIKA BOGDANOVICPHOTO: EL JAISH read more