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Maoist Insurgents, Government Forces Should Safeguard Children, Education

Over the weekend, Maoist insurgents torched a tent and a generator at Sondaha primary school in India’s Bihar state, where police were planning to stay during the upcoming national elections, the United News of India reported.
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Classrooms Shut Throughout the State

On Sunday, arsonists set on fire a school in southern Kashmir, the latest arson attack that has targeted nearly 25 schools in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Anti-government protests and the government’s heavy-handed response have created an atmosphere…
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They’re going to need an extra-big stage in Oslo this year. When Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai pick up their Nobel Peace Prizes, there are going to be a lot of other winners standing alongside them. About 2.2 billion, in fact. You might not be…
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Need for Consistent, Impartial Reporting

All parties implicated in a new United Nations’ report about abuses of children during armed conflict should call an immediate halt to these crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. The UN secretary-general’s annual report on children in armed conflict was…
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Armed Groups Target Schools

India should carry out the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to improve protection for children affected by armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said today. The Child Rights Committee made its recommendations to…
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Maoists, Government Forces Should Spare Schools from Fighting

Maoist insurgents and government security forces in India should respect children’s safety and right to education by keeping schools off-limits in the weeks before the April and May 2014 national elections, Human Rights Watch said today. The Maoists, also…
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Military Use Risks Students Lives, Safety, Education

(New York) – The use of schools and other education institutions for military purposes by armed forces and non-state armed groups during wartime endangers students and their education around the world, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from…
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Tens of thousands of children are caught up in the conflict between Maoist insurgents and government security forces in India. Human Rights Watch's Emma Daly reports from India's Bihar state. 
 
 Photography and footage by Moises Saman/Magnum…
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Governments Should Outlaw Attacks on, and Military Use of, Education Sites

(New York) - Governments should improve protections for students and teachers during wartime by explicitly outlawing attacks on schools and curtailing their use by the military, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
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 Schools and
 Armed Conflict
 
 A
 Global Survey of Domestic Laws and State Practice Protecting Schools from Attack
 and Military Use
 
 Summary
 Recommendations
 Introduction
 Methodology
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(New York) - Maoist militants and Indian authorities should protect both schools and children's access to education during the upcoming Bihar state elections, Human Rights Watch said today. The use of schools by government police and paramilitary forces…
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In early July 2010, India's education ministry, the Ministry of Resource Development, wrote to the chief secretaries of the eight states affected by Maoist militants known as Naxalites, and demanded that security forces occupying government schools…
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We met 15-year-old Sunil in a classroom at Tankuppa High School in a remote part of Bihar's Gaya district. It was one of 11 classrooms at the school, but when we visited only three were open for learning. The other eight rooms were occupied by armed men:…
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Late in the evening of November 29, 2008, a group of guerrilla fighters entered the remote village of Dwarika in the Indian state of Jharkhand and detonated improvised bombs inside the village's only school. Doors blew apart, desks and chairs splintered…
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 Sabotaged
 Schooling
 
 Naxalite Attacks and Police Occupationof Schools in India's Bihar and Jharkhand States
 I. Summary
 Attacks on schools
 by Naxalites
 Occupation
 of schools by security forces
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