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United Nations news in brief: 8 December 2016

08 December 2016 – Following are brief summaries of some of today’s news stories from around the UN system. Click on the links provided for more detailed coverage.


As 2016 draws to a close, UN rights chief outlines enormity of challenges to human rights

30 November 2016 – Highlighting the challenges to human rights around the world, the United Nations human rights chief called on the international community to act collectively for the common good and to do “everything possible” to prevent the situation from deteriorating.


Syria: Amid ‘chilling’ situation in Aleppo, 16,000 flee intense fighting, UN aid chief warns

29 November 2016 – Citing preliminary reports that that up to 16,000 people have fled fighting in the eastern neighbourhoods of Syria’s Aleppo city over the past few days, the United Nations humanitarian chief today warned that thousands more will have no choice but to flee should the attacks spread and escalate over the coming days.


UN chief denounces attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Syria's Aleppo

20 November 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as senior humanitarian officials have condemned attacks that have killed and maimed scores of civilians in Syria, including children, and called on all parties to cease such attacks as well as to ensure unhindered humanitarian access to the people in need.


On Universal Children's Day, UNICEF calls for protecting the rights of every child

20 November 2016 – Highlighting the plight of millions of children around the world, the head of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on everyone to recommit themselves to protect the rights of every child.


Reflecting on his five-year term, UN deputy chief pins hopes on multilateralism

18 November 2016 – The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the critical importance of international cooperation in today’s world, arguing that “without it, Governments simply cannot deliver stable, prosperous societies at home.”


Australia’s human rights record tainted by ‘regressive’ migration policies – UN expert

18 November 2016 – Concluding his first official visit to Australia, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said the country’s human rights standing has been tarnished by its “regressive” migration policies that fall “way behind” international standards.


Mosul offensive against ISIL pushing Iraq’s civilians into war-ravaged Syria – UN rights wing

11 November 2016 – Amid the intensification of the military offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) in Iraq’s Mosul city and the resulting displacement of civilians, the United Nations human rights wing said today that it has received reports that Iraqi civilians are also fleeing into Syria, which itself is reeling under a five-year long conflict that has displaced millions of Syrians and left hundreds of thousands trapped in besieged cities.


ISIL moving ‘trucks full of abducted civilians’ to Mosul as shields against airstrikes – UN warns

04 November 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today warned that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) fighters have taken some 1,600 civilians to Mosul city in an attempt to shield themselves from airstrikes, and that nearly 400 women from Kurdish, Yezidi or Shi’a Muslim communities in Tal Afar are now being held captive.


FEATURE: Impunity for crimes against journalists must end to protect open democratic societies – experts tell UN

02 November 2016 – On the morning of 1 November 2015, the day before the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists last year, Abdalaziz Alhamza, co-founder of a campaign to expose atrocities committed against civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqa, received two photos. One was of his colleague – with no head.