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15 stories found over the past 45 days
'We must not fail in Gaza' say UN agencies, joining global call to action

26 February 2015 – United Nations agencies and offices are expressing alarm over the limited progress in rebuilding the lives of those affected by last summer's fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip.


Preventing violent extremism, promoting human rights go hand-in-hand, Ban tells Washington summit

19 February 2015 – In Washington D.C. for a summit hosted by the United States on countering violent extremism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon today warned leaders against “discarding our moral compass” and giving into fear, as he called for “cool heads and common sense” to deal with what may very well be “the greatest test our human family faces in the 21st century.”


With Libya in ‘imminent danger,’ UN envoy urges support for push to end political, security crisis

18 February 2015 – Recent savage terrorist acts – culminating in the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians – highlight the “imminent danger” confronting Libya, its people and the wider region, the United Nations envoy to the country warned today, urging swift agreement among the main parties on resolving the crisis and ending the military and political conflict.


UN rights chief condemns murder of 21 Christians in Libya, urges rejection of ‘takfiri groups’

17 February 2015 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has said today that the beheading of 21 Christian men in Libya was a “vile crime targeting people on the basis of their religion” and urged Libyans to unite against extremists.


Security Council, Ban condemn ISIL murder of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya

16 February 2015 – Strongly condemning the killing of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya by an affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council deplored the targeting of persons based on religious affiliation, while also urging Libyan parties to press ahead with their political dialogue.


Egypt: UN’s Ban welcomes release of detained journalists, urges fair trial

13 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the decision by Egyptian authorities to release on bail the detained Al Jazeera journalists, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, bringing an end to their 400-day ordeal.


New UN rights report depicts ‘turmoil, lawlessness’ in Libya

10 February 2015 – A report produced jointly by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) “paints a bleak picture” of the human rights situation in the country during 2014, the High Commissioner’s spokesperson said today in Geneva.


Middle East diplomatic Quartet urges resumption of negotiations ‘as soon as possible’

09 February 2015 – The European Union, United Nations, United States and Russia, representing the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East Peace Process, have urged the resumption of Israeli-Palestinians negotiations “as soon as possible” and reached out for donor funding to accelerate reconstruction of Gaza “to address the basic needs of the Palestinian population and to ensure stability.”


FEATURE: ‘I’m not whole’ – female genital mutilation survivor speaks out

06 February 2015 – Born in The Gambia and sent to the United States at 15 for an arranged marriage, Jaha Dukureh was too young to remember her FGM procedure but she has never been able to shake the feeling that something is not quite right.


Ban joins Arab League Secretary-General in urging donors to honour Gaza pledges

06 February 2015 – Expressing deep concern about the situation in Gaza, the Secretaries-General of the United Nations and the League of Arab States made an urgent appeal today, asking donors to honour and disburse as soon as possible the financial commitments they made at an October 2014 conference convened to kick-start reconstruction in the war-torn enclave.