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Bahrain: UN special adviser stresses urgency of de-escalating tensions sparked by protests

22 June 2016 – Noting the new protests and increased tensions in Bahrain triggered by the revocation of the citizenship of a prominent Shia religious leader, a senior United Nations human rights advisor called on the Government to ensure that the right to freedom of peaceful assembly is fully respected and that any response to the protests is in accordance with the country’s obligations under international human rights law.


South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief says action will be taken on probe into Malakal violence

22 June 2016 – The United Nations takes “very seriously” the findings of an investigation that confusion over command and control and rules of engagement hampered some peacekeepers' response to a deadly incident at a UN compound in South Sudan, the Organization's top peacekeeping official said today, pledging to follow up on the probe's recommendations.


Ban condemns terrorist attack against Jordanian guard post at Syrian border

21 June 2016 – Condemning today's terrorist attack against a Jordanian border guard post at the north-eastern border with Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered his condolences to the families of the victims and reiterates his solidarity with the Government and people of Jordan.


South Sudan: Special investigation into Malakal violence completed, says UN

21 June 2016 – A United Nations independent high-level board of inquiry has completed a special in-depth investigation into how the UN responded this past February to deadly violence in a protection of civilians site in the town of Malakal, in northern South Sudan.


As UN takes stock of landmark resolution on weapons proliferation, Ban urges greater prevention efforts

21 June 2016 – While Governments around the world have been working decidedly and collectively to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and nuclear weapons, the international community must intensify efforts in that regard in order to keep up with and effectively address global challenges, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


Progress on economy, improving security is imperative for Afghanistan, UN envoy reports

21 June 2016 – Progress on the economy and improving security is imperative so that Afghans have confidence in their Government, the United Nations envoy in Afghanistan said today.


Bahrain: UN rights office concerned at crackdown on human rights and political opposition groups

21 June 2016 – Concerned at the intensification of a crackdown on free expression and association, and the right to a nationality in Bahrain, the United Nations human rights office today urged the Government to ensure those rights are protected in line with the country’s obligations under international law and that civil society activists do not face undue pressure, intimidation or reprisals for their work.


On International Yoga Day, Ban spotlights importance of healthy living in realizing Global Goals

21 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged everyone to embrace healthier choices and lifestyles and to commit to unity with other human beings, regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.


Ban underlines progress towards strengthening responses to global health crises

20 June 2016 – With the continued increase in the number and gravity of health emergencies globally, the international community must continue to work towards charting a path for how nations and communities can proactively prepare for and respond to such challenges in the future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized today.


On first anniversary of Mali peace accord, Ban welcomes President's commitment to peace

20 June 2016 – On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the renewed commitment to peace expressed by the country's President, Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta, and his Government.