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Recalling 'responsibility to protect' UN pays tribute to victims of Srebrenica genocide

01 July 2015 – During a high-level commemorative event in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, perpetrated 20 years ago, and which, he said, “will forever weigh on the collective conscience of the international community.”


Ban urges global community to help Syria end ‘cataclysmic conflict’

30 June 2015 – The international community should be ashamed that three years since the adoption of the Geneva Communiqué on Syria, the Middle Eastern country’s “cataclysmic conflict” continues unabated, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


Syria: deputy UN relief chief urges political solution amid 'extremely challenging' humanitarian crisis

29 June 2015 – Humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the Syrian conflict is being increasingly obstructed by the ongoing fighting in the country and a shortfall in critical funding, a senior United Nations relief official warned today.


At Stanford University, Ban says UN ready to build a better future for all

27 June 2015 – The United Nations and the international community are experiencing an age of great difficulties and opportunities which will help define the future of the planet, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in a wide-ranging address that touched upon the myriad common challenges – from climate change to sustainable development – currently facing humanity.


Thousands of civilians fleeing ‘rule of fear’ in Eritrea, say UN experts, warning of gross rights abuses

24 June 2015 – A United Nations-appointed commission of inquiry today warned that the dire situation in Eritrea can no longer be ignored and called on the UN Human Rights Council to maintain close scrutiny on violations committed in the Horn of Africa nation that may constitute crimes against humanity.


UN rights expert deplores ‘profound failure of diplomacy’ as Syria conflict escalates

23 June 2015 – Syria’s “ever-accelerating” cycle of violence continues to reap civilian casualties and provoke “unspeakable suffering”, the head of a United Nations-mandated Commission of Inquiry warned today, as he lamented the international community’s inability to bring the country’s four-year war to a close.


Security Council has ‘obligation to act now’ to protect civilians from ISIL – UN rights expert

22 June 2015 – A United Nations expert appointed by the world body’s Geneva-based Human Rights Council appealed today for the Security Council to take immediate action to enforce international law and protect civilians living “in daily fear for their lives” in areas controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL) where “shocking crimes are being committed on an industrial scale.”


On World Refugee Day, UN chief appeals for hearts to be open to refugees everywhere

20 June 2015 – With one in every 122 human beings a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is marking World Refugee Day by calling urgently on “governments and societies around the world to recommit to providing refuge and safety to those who have lost everything to conflict or persecution.”


UN cites strong concerns over Hungarian border fence plan that could deter refugees and asylum-seekers

19 June 2015 – Two United Nations agencies today expressed strong concerns over Hungary’s plans to build a four-metre high fence along its border with Serbia, with the UN refugee agency saying the wall will “be a further obstacle for people who have fled from war zones like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq and who desperately need safety and protection.”


Welcoming progress on human rights, UN official urges action to bolster protections and end abuses

15 June 2015 – While 70 years of work by the United Nations has helped build a formidable system of rights protections, the nagging persistence of “everything else” – wars and ongoing deprivation – is deeply worrying, the top UN human rights official declared today, urging renewed action to promote economic and social rights for all and tackle pervasive discrimination and repression.