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14 stories found over the past 45 days
'Monstrous disregard' for civilians, says UN rights chief, as hospitals bombed in Syria

29 April 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today said that the latest reports of civilian deaths and injuries in Syria, including bombings of marketplaces and medical facilities, reveal a “monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties to the conflict,” calling for urgent action by all relevant actors to resolve to help the people of Syria.


Syria: human toll and suffering are 'sickening,’ UN relief chief tells Security Council

28 April 2016 – With hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced and countless families torn apart, the UN relief chief today described the human toll and suffering in Syria as “sickening,” and said the global community should be “ashamed” that this is happening on its watch.


In address to Austrian Parliament, Ban urges 'cooperative approach' to EU asylum policies

28 April 2016 – From its leadership on major United Nations bodies to its peacekeepers in the field, development aid and defence of human rights, Austria is a very important, vital member of the world community, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during an address to the Parliament of Austria earlier today in Geneva.


BAKU: German community integration project wins UN intercultural innovation award

26 April 2016 – A project platform and network that makes social engagement and neighbourhood work accessible to Berlin's large non-German speaking population – winner of an intercultural innovation award at a United Nations forum in Baku today – was sparked by one woman's own migrant experience and the rise of xenophobia in Europe.


‘Refugees have a right to asylum – not bias and barbed wire,’ Ban says in Washington

15 April 2016 – As the world faces the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated a call to leaders across Europe and throughout the world to show greater solidarity as they strive to combat the deeper roots of conflict and continue to work towards securing human rights for all.


More ‘concrete steps’ needed by nations to counter terrorism, Ban tells Security Council

14 April 2016 – Speaking at an open debate on countering terrorism, United Nations Secretary-General today called on Member States to take more concrete steps to stop fundraising through the smuggling of oil and gas, the illicit trade of cultural artefacts, kidnapping for ransom and donations from abroad.


UN agency urges inclusion of victims of mass displacement in Colombian peace talks

12 April 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today called on the negotiators of Colombian peace talks to give special attention to the rights of victims of five-decade conflict that has produced the world’s second-biggest displacement situation after Syria.


UN rights chief urges sustained commitment for redress of child victims of torture

08 April 2016 – The deliberate infliction of torture on children is an “unbearable reality” in many conflicts and human rights crises around the world, but the international community must continue to demonstrate its commitment to holding the perpetrators of such acts accountable as well as assist the recovery of affected children, the United Nations human rights chief said today.


Selecting a new UN Secretary-General: a job interview in front of the whole world

08 April 2016 – The selection process for a new United Nations Secretary-General, traditionally decided behind closed-doors by a few powerful countries, will for the first time in history involve public discussions with each candidate campaigning for the world’s top diplomatic post.


UN refugee agency urges safeguard compliance before any returns begin under EU-Turkey deal

01 April 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today urged parties to the recent EU-Turkey agreement on refugees and migrants to ensure all safeguards are in place before any returns begin.