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Syria crisis 'worsening' amid humanitarian funding shortfall, warns top UN relief official

26 March 2015 – The situation on the ground in Syria has “dramatically” worsened as the country enters its fifth year of war amid escalating fighting and targeted attacks against civilians, the top United Nations humanitarian official warned today as she urged the international community to bring the violence to an end.


New UN report shows wars in Syria and Iraq drive highest asylum numbers in 22 years

26 March 2015 – The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions elsewhere, has pushed the number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries to the highest level since 1992 at the beginning of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to a United Nations report released today.


On International Day, Ban calls for release of UN personnel unlawfully arrested and detained

25 March 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for the release of all United Nations personnel who have been unlawfully arrested and detained, in a message to mark the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members.


Amid growing crises, UN officials urge protection for war’s youngest victims

25 March 2015 – The international community must act “collectively and expeditiously” to thwart the growing number of children affected by armed conflicts, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, as the Security Council met to discuss the myriad horrors faced by children caught up in wars worldwide.


Ban marks International Day by stressing need for concrete action to pursue human rights

24 March 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today recalled, on the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador, that the United Nations has over the past year supported commissions of inquiry on the Central African Republic, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Eritrea, the recent conflict in Gaza and Syria to further the icon’s work to see that truth prevails.


UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom sees Ebola response on Liberia visit

23 March 2015 – At the end of a four-day visit to Ebola-affected communities in Liberia, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and actor Orlando Bloom praised the efforts of people there who have been combatting the deadly virus.


At Security Council, UN envoy says Yemen on 'rapid downward spiral' as tensions rise

22 March 2015 – Yemen stands on the brink of civil war amid deepening political tensions and an uptick in sectarian violence, United Nations Special Adviser Jamal Benomar warned today as he explained that only through dialogue could the country achieve a peaceful political transition.


Syria: UN chief deplores deadly attacks on Nowruz celebrations

21 March 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned a series of targeted attacks against Nowruz celebrations in Syria which left scores of people dead and wounded, the United Nations spokesperson's office has announced.


Political vacuum undermines Lebanon’s ability to tackle many challenges – Security Council

19 March 2015 – The Security Council voiced its concern at the 10-month stalemate in the election of a president in Lebanon, saying it undermined the country’s ability to address the security, economic and social challenges it faces.


ISIL may have committed genocide, war crimes in Iraq, says UN human rights report

19 March 2015 – A report released today by the United Nations human rights office says that the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in its attacks against ethnic and religious groups in the country.