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THE RUSSO-UKRAINIAN CONFLICT AND THE RESPONSE OF SWITZERLAND

On 24th February, the Russian military entered the territory of Ukraine under the auspices of a special military operation, aimed at helping the Ukrainians “remove the corrupt government and denazify the country” (Al-Jazeera, 2022). The Russian government presented their case as acting in the interests of the Ukrainian people, especially those living in the Donbass region – a part of the country embroiled in separatist movements and conflict since 2014.

MERCY HANDS’ IT AND CODING CLASSES, A SUCCESS FOR WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

When the Mercy Hands for Humanitarian Aid and Mercy Hands Europe teams began implementing the first training for teacher on IT and Coding” program in 10 schools in the Shatt al-Arab district in November 2021, the 18 participating female teachers did not have the knowledge and tools to successfully conduct coding and computer science classes with their girl students. 

“A TURN TOWARD JUSTICE FOR ISIL’S CRIMES” SAYS CHRISTIAN RITSCHER, SPECIAL ADVISOR AND HEAD OF UNITAD

On December 2, following the historic conviction of Taha Al-Jumailly by Germany’s Higher Regional Court for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide — the first conviction of an ISIL member for genocide against the Yezidi community — the Security Council convened for a briefing on the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Da’esh/ISIL Crimes.

WHEN THE EUROPEAN BORDER TURNS INTO A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

In recent days, thousands of refugees — the majority of whom are Iraqis and Syrians, including women and children — who have fled the war and instability in the Middle East region for a better and more peaceful future, have found themselves trapped at the European border between Poland and Belarus. In front of them, an impassable wall of barbed wire and police.