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Child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi’s Nobel Prize replica recovered

The Nobel citation and replica of the medallion stolen from the residence of prominent activist Kailash Satyarthi have been recovered

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New Delhi, Feb 12, 2017: Child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi’s Nobel Prize replica has been recovered, days after it was stolen from his house, police said on Sunday.

Satyarthi’s Nobel citation, replica of the medallion along with other valuables were burgled from the south Delhi residence on February 7 night.

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“The replica of the Nobel Peace Prize, jewellery, a laptop and some valuables were recovered from the accused who were arrested (on Saturday night),” Deputy Commissioner of Police Romil Baaniya told IANS.

It was not clear if the nobel citation had been recovered.

“We have not got any information about the citation. It is an important document. We will raise the issue with the Deputy Commissioner,” said an aide to Satyarthi.

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Three accused — brothers Rajan, Sunil and Vinod — were arrested from their hideouts, police said.

Satyarthi was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 with Pakistani child rights activist Malala Yousafzai.

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The original Nobel medallion given to Satyarthi is kept at the Rashtrapati Bhavan as he dedicated it to the country. (IANS)

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Child Rights Summit: Nations Should Spend More on Education Over Weapons

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Displaced Syrian children look out from their tents at Kelbit refugee camp, near the Syrian-Turkish border, in Idlib province, Syria, Jan. 17, 2018. VOA

Countries should spend more on schooling and less on weapons to ensure that children affected by war get an education, a child rights summit heard Monday.

The gathering in Jordan was told that a common thread of war was its devastating impact in keeping children out of school.

Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, who founded the summit, said ensuring all children around the world received a primary and secondary education would cost another $40 billion annually — about a week’s worth of global military expenditure.

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Nobel Peace Prize laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai listen to speeches during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Dec. 10, 2014. VOA

“We have to choose whether we have to produce guns and bullets, or we have to produce books and pencils to our children,” he told the second Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit that gathers world leaders and Nobel laureates.

Global military expenditure reached almost $1.7 trillion in 2016, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said last year 27 million children were out of school in conflict zones.

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“We want safe schools, we want safe homes, we want safe countries, we want a safe world,” said Satyarthi, who shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai for his work with children.

Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein told the summit, which focused on child refugees and migrants affected by war and natural disasters, that education was “key,” especially for “children on the move.”

“Education can be expensive, but never remotely as close to what is being spent on weapons. … They [children] are today’s hope for a better future,” he told the two-day summit.

Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a nonprofit group, described the number of Syrian refugees not in school in the Middle East as “shocking” as the war enters its eighth year.

Kennedy cited a report being released Tuesday by the KidsRights Foundation, an international children’s rights group, which found 40 percent of school-aged Syrian children living in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq cannot access education. VOA