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17 stories found over the past 45 days
Amid election-related tensions, thousands flee Burundi for neighbouring countries – UN

30 June 2015 – Some ten thousand refugees fled Burundi over the weekend before authorities managed to close the borders ahead of yesterday’s parliamentary elections, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.


Ban appeals to Burundian authorities to consider postponing elections

26 June 2015 – Closely following political and security developments in Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged the country’s authorities to consider the postponing of the elections scheduled for July 15.


On International Day, UN reminds world of invisible plight of millions of widows and their children

23 June 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging the world on the fifth International Widows’ Day “to assert the rights of those whose bereavement is followed by exclusion, abuse or the loss of homes, livelihoods and social standing.”


Blatant rights failures in Burundi make upcoming elections ‘impossible,’ UN expert warns

19 June 2015 – Decrying Burundi’s “blatant failures” to respect freedom of expression and assembly and the fact that unresolved issues from the past are ensnaring the process for the upcoming elections, a United Nations rights expert today issued a strong call for greater global efforts to ensure independent monitoring and reporting and for all Burundian parties to safeguard fair elections and keep protests peaceful.


Protecting children in war zones is a moral imperative and legal obligation, Security Council told

18 June 2015 – “A moral imperative and a legal obligation,” protecting children should never be jeopardized by national interests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, deploring that 2014 was one of the worst years in recent memory for children in countries affected by conflict.


UN health agency ramps up efforts against Tanzania cholera outbreak

18 June 2015 – The cholera outbreak in Tanzania continues to spread among the populations in the country’s western Kigoma region amid an influx of refugees from neighbouring Burundi, the United Nations health agency warned today as it detailed its ongoing response aimed at stemming the epidemic.


UN warns of ‘record high’ 60 million displaced amid expanding global conflicts

18 June 2015 – The international community is experiencing a dramatic shift in the situation facing the world’s refugees as a global surge in war, conflict and persecution has caused a record number of people to flee their homes in search of safety, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


Humanitarian needs at ‘all-time high,’ top UN relief official tells Economic and Social Council

17 June 2015 – Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high, the top United Nations relief official declared today, stressing that while the Organization needs no less than $18.8 billion to meet the needs of nearly 80 million people, it has received only 26 per cent of that amount.


Central Africa still burdened by multidimensional crisis, Security Council told

11 June 2015 – The Central Africa region is still facing many challenges, including an economic crisis aggravated by the drop in oil prices, rising youth unemployment, and terrorist activities, as well as the cross-border impact of crises in Central African Republic (CAR) and Burundi, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the sub-region warned today.


DR Congo: UN voices support for Government offensive against militia

04 June 2015 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has welcomed the latest military operation by the country’s armed forces against members of an independent militia group following the collapse of political negotiations.