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UN rights expert urges Nauru to revoke measures that could ‘muzzle’ descent

22 May 2015 – Voicing concern over recent amendments to the Criminal Code in Nauru which “unduly restrict” freedom of expression in Nauru, 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.


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.


As South Sudan fighting intensifies, UN rights chief warns of ‘persistent impunity’

22 May 2015 – The escalation of fighting in South Sudan has resulted in “alarming gross violations” of international human rights and humanitarian law as well as having exacted a terrible toll on the young nation’s civilian population, the United Nations human rights chief confirmed today.


In Hanoi, UN chief lauds Viet Nam’s ‘impressive progress’ and leadership in field of development

22 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today began a two-day visit to Viet Nam and commended President Trương Tấn Sang for the “increasingly important role” his country is playing at the United Nations, including his efforts to combat climate change and in helping shape a new development agenda.


Nepal: UN health agency marks one month since devastating earthquake as it ramps up aid

22 May 2015 – Nearly one month after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, flattening large swathes of the country’s Kathmandu valley and affecting millions of people, the United Nations health agency is continuing its emergency response aimed at saving lives and addressing the urgent health needs of the Himalayan nation.