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UN relief wing cites major access challenges in eastern Ukraine, where millions need supplies ahead of winter

30 August 2015 – Sounding the alarm on behalf of relief agencies working to meet ongoing needs and jump-start critical preparations for winter in strife-riven eastern Ukraine, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported that aid organizations are facing major challenges in getting access to the most vulnerable of an estimated 5 million people affected by the conflict that began in the region in April 2014.


Prohibition of enforced disappearance is 'absolute,' UN declares, urging action to ramp-up searches for missing

30 August 2015 – Marking the fourth International Day of Enforced Disappearances, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the “alarming” number of acts by that are tantamount to enforced disappearances and appealed to all Member States to ratify or accede to the legal instrument prohibiting such acts.


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After bodies found in truck near Austrian border, Ban urges expansion of safe, legal channels of migration

28 August 2015 – In the wake of the grim discovery of the bodies of more than 70 people inside a truck abandoned near Austria’s border with Hungary, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to come together to provide comprehensive responses to migration issues, including tackling smugglers and resolving ongoing conflicts, among other root causes.


UN experts urge Sudan to overturn ‘outrageous conviction’ for indecent dressing

28 August 2015 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have voiced alarm after a female Sudanese student was sentenced to public flogging and a heavy fine for charges of “indecent dressing,” while another received a hefty fine for the same charges, and urged that the convictions be overturned immediately.


At Security Council, UN officials warn political turbulence in Guinea-Bissau puts past gains at risk

28 August 2015 – With Guinea-Bissau facing political turbulence barely a year after the re-establishment of constitutional order, the top United Nations official there expressed hope today that political leaders would rise to their “historic responsibility” to preserve the gains made so far in the interest of the country and people.


More than 300,000 make perilous Mediterranean crossing in 2015 – UN refugee agency

28 August 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency said today that the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has surpassed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 during the whole of 2014.


UNICEF announces release of 163 more children by armed group in Central African Republic

28 August 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today that 163 children have been released by an armed group in the Central African Republic, where thousands of other boys and girls are still serving as combatants, cooks and messengers for the country’s militant factions.


Ban urges all parties in Burundi to ‘look beyond political differences,’ revive spirit of landmark peace accord

28 August 2015 – Fifteen years after the signing of a landmark Burundi peace accord, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all the country’s political leaders, including those in exile, to find common cause and commit to build on the stability that was ushered in by the Arusha Agreement.


UN urges all States to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban as 'critical step on road to nuclear-free world'

28 August 2015 – For the fifth International Day against Nuclear Tests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty.


Urging end to 'delaying' tactics, UN rights experts call for fairness in Guatemala's genocide trial

27 August 2015 – United Nations experts on genocide prevention and transitional justice today called on Guatemalan judicial authorities to “prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law,” when the genocide trial against the country's former de facto Head of State, and the former chief of intelligence resumes in January 2016.