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283 stories found over the past 45 days
Mental anguish ‘adds weight’ to argument for ending capital punishment – UN rights chief

01 March 2017 – The United Nations human rights chief today reiterated his call to abolish the death penalty as it raises serious issues in relation to the dignity and rights of all human beings, including the right to life and the right not to be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.


Drug-resistant tuberculosis continues to be serious health threat says UN health agency

01 March 2017 – The United Nations health agency has stressed the critical need for research and development of new antibiotics to tackle the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis.


War crimes committed by all parties in battle for Aleppo – UN-mandated inquiry on Syria

01 March 2017 – The battle late last year for control over Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo was a stage of unrelenting violence, with civilians on both sides falling victim to war crimes committed by all parties, read a report issued today by the United Nations-mandated Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria.


DR Congo security forces committed rights violations against protestors in December 2016 – UN probe

01 March 2017 – Defence and security forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) used excessive, disproportionate and at times lethal force to prevent and contain demonstrations in December 2016, in violation of international human rights law and standards, a UN report has found.


'Make some noise' for safe, supportive HIV/AIDS care, says UN on Zero Discrimination Day

01 March 2017 – The United Nations agency leading the world's HIV/AIDS response is urging everyone to 'make some noise' for zero discrimination in healthcare settings.


UN rights office disappointed with Thai Government’s refusal to criminalize enforced disappearance

28 February 2017 – The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Thailand to criminalize enforced or involuntary disappearance and torture.


Sustainable Development Goals critical for better future for all – deputy UN chief Amina Mohammed

28 February 2017 – Delivering her first address as the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed underlined that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are essential for a safe and secure future that brings prosperity, opportunity and human rights for all.


Russia, China block Security Council action on use of chemical weapons in Syria

28 February 2017 – With ‘no’ votes from permanent members Russia and China, the United Nations Security Council today failed to adopt a resolution that would, according to press reports, have imposed sanctions against parties using chemical weapons in war-torn Syria.


People fleeing war more likely to find shelter in poorer countries, says UN refugee agency

28 February 2017 – Most of the 3.2 million people driven forcibly from their homes in early 2016 found shelter in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study by the United Nations refugee agency.


With virtual and augmented reality, UN ‘ideas forum’ to explore collaboration on Global Goals

28 February 2017 – Policy makers, activists and private sector representatives from over 80 countries will join gaming experts and simulators tomorrow in Bonn, Germany, at the start of the first “playable” sustainable development conference organized by the United Nations and partners.