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#Yemen: “The deliberate starvation of civilians in both international and internal armed conflict may constitute a war crime, and could also amount to a crime against humanity in the event of deliberate denial of food. All parties of the conflict are responsible for such criminal acts. It is the responsibility of the international community to protect civilians, in particular women and children, through humanitarian assistance in order to prevent human tragedy,” says UN expert on right to food Hilal Elver SR Food . Describing Yemen as the “largest humanitarian crisis in the world”, the fund-raising event taking place on 25 April is aiming to raise US$2.1 billion to deliver crucial food, medication and other lifesaving assistance to the people of Yemen.
“We all know what happened to women and their rights under the Taliban,” says Sima Samar, who heads the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) of Afghanistan. “Afghanistan effectively became the biggest jail for women in the world.” Helping women and girls break free from that jail has been part of the fight taken up by the NHRI. So far, it has been able to change and reform legislation in the country, getting laws on the books to help women, including the adoption of the Convention on Violence Against Women (CEDAW). There’s still a long way to go, Sima says but it’s important because how you treat women and girls shows how you treat everyone. See how NHRIs can help you defend and advance human rights in your country. Meet another face of human rights on our Twitter & learn more about NHRIs here: