This is the news in brief from the United Nations.
Palestinian school reopening may be short-lived, warns UN agency
Over half a million Palestinian refugee children will soon be heading back to school; but they face being sent home after just one month.
UNRWA, the UN Agency which runs the schools, is struggling to maintain its services, following the January decision by the US Government to cut its funding contribution by $300 million.
Speaking to UN News, UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness said that, although donors have gone a long way to covering the shortfall, much more money is needed if the schools are to stay open.
GUNNESS CLIP “we have to raise $217 million, it’s as simple as that. And if we don’t then we will not be able to maintain our schools after the end of September or we’re back to square one. The alternative, which is not opening the school year, was far worse than opening it at least for a guaranteed month. And we had no choice. We really had very little choice. If we’d said no then we’d be depriving half a million children of an education, and for Palestinians education is a passport to dignity” 0’31”
Child deportations from US, Mexico drive extreme violence, poverty and trauma
Extreme violence, poverty and trauma.
This is what Central American children deported from the USA and Mexico have to deal with once they return home, according to a new report released on Thursday from the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.
The study, “Uprooted in Central America and Mexico”, shows that the poverty and gang violence that causes them to leave some of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, increases once they are sent back.
Migration authorities’ policy of separating children from their families is cited as a traumatic experience, which can have a negative effect on their long-term development.
Reversal of genocide acknowledgement, ‘undermines rule of law’
The UN’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide has called the decision of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska, or the majority-Serb part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to revoke endorsement of its 2004 Srebrenica report, a step backwards that “undermines the rule of law”.
The report, produced by a previous Government of the territory, acknowledges that Bosnian Serb forces violated humanitarian law by killing thousands of Muslim Bosniaks during the notorious massacre.
In a statement, the Special Advisor, Adama Dieng, added that the timing of the decision is likely to increase tensions ahead of elections taking place in Bosnia in October.
Conor Lennon, UN News.