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‘Pressure’ on Palestinian households to move raises risk of forcible transfers – UN official

22 August 2016 – A senior United Nations official has cautioned that many Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank are facing a heightened risk of forcible transfer as there has been a recent surge in the number of demolitions in the area.


More than three million displaced in Yemen – joint UN agency report

22 August 2016 – A joint report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has found that the conflict in Yemen has resulted in the displacement of some 3,154,572 people.


Turkey: UN chief condemns terrorist attack on wedding party that kills at least 50 people

21 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned yesterday's terrorist attack on a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep – an act that was reportedly carried out by a suicide bomber and killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens of others.


Concerned by curbs on free expression in Thailand, UN rights office calls for ‘prompt return to civilian rule’

19 August 2016 – The United Nations human rights arm today expressed concern about the mounting constraints on the democratic space in Thailand – calling for a prompt return to civilian rule.


Photo of boy pulled from rubble reminder of 'unimaginable horrors' Syrian children face – UNICEF

19 August 2016 – The heart breaking photograph of Omran Daqneesh, the little boy sitting alone in an ambulance with his face and body covered in blood and dirt after being pulled from a destroyed building has reminded the world, yet again, of the unimaginable horrors that Syrian children face every day, a spokesperson for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.


Honduras: Killing of rights defenders highlight perils they face, says UN rights office

19 August 2016 – With at least eight human rights defenders killed in Honduras this year, United Nations and international rights experts today said the country is one of the most hostile and dangerous for rights defenders and urged the Government to take urgent steps to ensure their protection.


INTERVIEW: Funding to prevent cholera is crucial to advance development in Haiti – UNICEF’s Marc Vincent

19 August 2016 – Earlier today, the spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke about how the UN system is actively working to develop a package that would provide material assistance and support to those Haitians most directly affected by the outbreak of cholera in the Caribbean nation.


Citing UN’s moral responsibility, Ban pledges support to Haiti in overcoming cholera epidemic

19 August 2016 – Noting that a United States federal appeals court has upheld the United Nations’ immunity from a damage claim filed on behalf cholera victims in Haiti, the Organization today said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deeply regrets the “terrible suffering” of the Haitian people and that the UN has a moral responsibility to the support the victims and the country in overcoming the epidemic.


UN experts press Turkey to adhere to human rights obligations despite state of emergency

19 August 2016 – United Nations human rights experts today urged Turkey to uphold its obligations under international human rights law despite the attempted mid-July coup and during the subsequent state of emergency.


South Sudan: Hundreds of children recruited into armed groups, reports UNICEF

19 August 2016 – Reporting that 650 children have been recruited into armed groups in South Sudan since January, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNCEF) called today for an immediate end to recruitment and an unconditional release of all children by armed actors.