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40 stories found over the past 45 days
Violent attacks reported against civilians fleeing ISIL-controlled areas of Iraq – UN human rights office

28 July 2015 – An increasing number of people in Iraq, including families with children and the elderly, have encountered deadly ambushes as they try to escape areas controlled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levan (ISIL) by risking their lives on a treacherous mountain journey to safety, the United Nations human rights office reported today.


‘Paralyzing’ funding gap forces shutdown of 80 per cent of frontline health services in war-torn Iraq – UN

27 July 2015 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq today declared as “devastating” the “inexplicable” closures of life-saving services in Iraq for people in need, citing the most recent shut-downs of basic health care will directly impact more than one million people, including some 500,000 children who now will not be immunized, spreading risk of a measles outbreak and resumption of polio.


'We should be outraged' more not being done to end violence against children in conflict – UNICEF chief

24 July 2015 – Millions of children around the world are caught up in adults' wars, declared the head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today, marking the 10th anniversary of a UN Security Council resolution that established a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the use of child soldiers with a strong call for accountability and robust measures to end all “horrors” children face.


Despite economic crisis, Greece must take robust action to address refugee situation – UN agency

24 July 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed great apprehension over the refugee situation in Greece – where more than 100,000 people have sought shelter so far in 2015 – saying that notwithstanding its difficulties, Greece, with assistance from wider Europe, has a duty to assist them.


UN rights experts on use of mercenaries weigh ‘increasing activity’ of foreign fighters

23 July 2015 – The United Nations expert group on the use of mercenaries today convened a discussion at UN Headquarters in New York to address the issue of the increasing activity of foreign fighters – particularly towards understanding their motivations – and its impact on human rights.


Crisis-torn Iraq still needs ‘continuous and massive’ international support, Security Council told

22 July 2015 – With Iraq facing “one of the most difficult phases in its modern history,” the Government, its leadership and, most of all, Iraqis themselves, will need “continuous and massive” support and assistance from the international community, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council today.


Iraq: funding shortage forces UN to shutter critical water and sanitation responses

20 July 2015 – With more than 74,000 new people displaced by fighting on the move in Iraq, the United Nations humanitarian wing has warned that overall, some 40 per cent of critically needed life-saving water and sanitation programmes will be forced to shut down by the end of the month due to lack of funding.


Iraq: UN Secretary-General condemns 'devastating' bomb attack, which killed over 100 civilians

18 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest terms the devastating bomb attack perpetrated on 17 July in Khan Bani Saad, an Iraqi town north of the capital Baghdad.


Security Council urges all Libyan parties to unite in support of new political agreement

16 July 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the initialling of the Libyan political agreement in Skhirat, Morocco on 11 July as the latest step towards resolving the country's political crisis.


With Libya now at a ‘critical stage,’ UN envoy says all parties must back political dialogue process

15 July 2015 – A peaceful transition in Libya will only succeed through a significant and coordinated effort in support of a future Government of National Accord and by ensuring that sufficient security is achieved throughout the country so that public administration can resume its key functions, the top UN official in Libya told the Security Council today.