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Marking International Day, UN urges world to seek end of obstetric fistula 'in our lifetime'

22 May 2015 – Obstetric fistula is a devastating yet completely preventable and, in many cases, treatable injury of childbirth, affecting at least two million women and girls worldwide and leaving them isolated from communities, the United Nations spotlighted ahead of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.


Adopting resolution, Security Council urges broader global cooperation to tackle illicit transfer of small arms

22 May 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution urging stronger cooperation in stemming the “illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of small arms and light weapons, underlining the suffering they caused to civilians.


UN rights expert urges Nauru to revoke measures that could 'muzzle' dissent

22 May 2015 – Voicing concern over recent amendments to the Criminal Code in Nauru which “unduly restrict” freedom of expression, a United Nations expert on the issue today urged the Government to revoke such measures to fulfil its human rights obligations.


UN welcomes 200 people brought ashore but warns 3,500 more stranded in Southeast Asian waters

22 May 2015 – More than 200 people stranded off the Myanmar coast were brought to shore today, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to welcome the landing and appeal for the rescue of 3,500 others in distress at sea, saying “the priority is to save lives by getting people safely off these boats as soon as possible.”


Iraq: as Ramadi fighting intensifies, UN food agency rushes supplies to thousands displaced

22 May 2015 – As tens of thousands of people continue to flee fierce fighting in the Ramadi district of Iraq, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing food assistance there, a spokesperson confirmed in Geneva today, as she appealed for $108 million to continue operations in the country until October 2015.


Boko Haram militants ‘must be brought to justice’ – UN chief

22 May 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply troubled by Boko Haram’s “continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks” against the civilian populations of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, according to the United Nations.


Yemen: UN rights office urges all parties to adhere to international law as civilian toll grows

22 May 2015 – As the number of civilian casualties in the Yemen conflict tops 1,000, the United Nations human rights office today urged all parties – coalition forces, the Yemeni armed forces, Houthis and other non-State armed groups – to adhere strictly to their obligations under international law and do all in their power to protect civilians.


Funding shortage forces UN agency to halt housing allowance for Palestine refugees in Lebanon

22 May 2015 – A $100 monthly housing stipend per family for Palestine refugees who have fled war-torn Syria for Lebanon will be suspended because of lack of funds, prompting the UN agency assisting those refugees in the Middle East to urgently appeal to donors “to provide the bare minimum assistance” to protect Palestinians from “disastrous” risks such as detention, abuse and deportation.


UN condemns deadly terrorist attack on Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia

22 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned the terrorist attack earlier today that killed more than 20 people in a Shia mosque in the town of al-Qudaih in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.


As thousands flee Syria’s besieged historic city of Palmyra, UN refugee agency readies response plan

22 May 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are preparing aid for some 11,000 people fleeing the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and surrounding villages, which have been overrun by militant forces this week.