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22 stories found over the past 45 days
New allegations of sexual abuse emerge against UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic

04 February 2016 – The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) reported today that it has identified seven new possible victims of sexual exploitation and abuse in the town of Bambari, just days after the UN revealed which countries' troops have been accused of abusing minors.

Libya: $166 million UN-backed humanitarian appeal barely one per cent funded

01 February 2016 – Almost two months after its launch, a humanitarian appeal to aid 1.3 million vulnerable people in conflict-torn Libya is 99 per cent unfunded, a senior United Nations official for the North African country warned today, calling on the international community to step up to the plate.

Libya: UN envoy strongly condemns abduction of parliamentarian, calls for his immediate release

28 January 2016 – The most senior United Nations official in Libya today strongly condemned the abduction of a member of the House of Representatives, just days after a significant step forward in the quest to end the country’s political divisions and armed conflict.

Darfur: UN expresses grave concern over new hostilities and impact on thousands of civilians

27 January 2016 – The United Nations today expressed grave concern over the impact of the ongoing hostilities in Darfur on thousands of civilians who have been forced to flee their homes amid the conflict that began two weeks ago.

UN and partners in Haiti reiterate support for conclusion of electoral process

22 January 2016 – The United Nations and its partners in Haiti reiterated today their support for the outcome of the electoral process in the country, where political tensions have simmered ahead of the second round of presidential polls, which was set for Sunday, but which reportedly has been postponed.

South Sudan: slaughter of civilians, gang rapes among ‘shocking’ crimes committed by all sides, says UN

21 January 2016 – Hundreds of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, gang-rapes, sexual slavery, forced abortion, massive child soldier recruitment and indiscriminate attacks against civilians with entire villages burned down have been perpetrated by all in sides in war-torn South Sudan, the United Nations reported today.

UN condemns suicide attack targeting media in Kabul

21 January 2016 – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today condemned the suicide attack against media workers in Kabul yesterday that killed eight and injured 24 civilians, many of them from the media sector, as well as women and children.

UN congratulates Libyans and Presidency Council on naming unity government

19 January 2016 – Senior United Nations officials today welcomed the nomination of the Government of National Accord in Libya by the Presidency Council as a significant step forward in the quest to end the country's political divisions and armed conflict.

As Libyan parties delay naming unity government, UN urges steps to end political divisions

18 January 2016 – The United Nations in Libya has expressed regret over the decision of the country’s Presidency Council to postpone the formation of a national unity government for 48 hours beyond the deadline set by a UN-facilitated political agreement, emphasizing that all efforts to combat and eliminate these terrorist groups must be led by the Libyan State.

Libya: senior UN relief official condemns attacks on Benghazi power plant

12 January 2016 – Strongly condemning the recent attacks against a major power plant in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country said today he is “deeply shocked by these actions that directly affect civilian life,” and warned that such “ignoble” attacks may amount to war crimes.