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UN mission ‘outraged’ at killing of hostages in central Afghanistan

26 October 2016 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned the killing of 26 civilians who were earlier taken hostage by a group of armed men in country’s central Ghor province.


Ban condemns outbreak of violence and attacks on UN mission in Central African Republic

26 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the outbreak of violence, on 24 October, in the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, that killed at least four civilians and injured nine others.


UN chief ‘condemns’ terrorist attack in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province

25 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a terrorist attack on a police academy in Quetta, Pakistan earlier today that claimed the lives of at-least 60 people and injured more than 100.


‘We have to do the right thing,’ deputy UN chief says on intensified response to cholera outbreak in Haiti

25 October 2016 – Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged the international community to show solidarity with the Haitian people as they struggle to cope with the impact of Hurricane Matthew and an ongoing cholera epidemic, particularly through financial support for the new United Nations system-wide approach to tackle the spread of the disease.


Vital efforts to protect children ‘an entry point’ for wider peace in Colombia – UN child rights envoy

25 October 2016 – The senior United Nations child rights envoy today said she is heartened by the commitment of the Colombian Government and a the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC) to separate and reintegrate children associated with the armed group, despite the negative results of the recent referendum on the Colombian peace accord.


Women must have their ‘rightful place’ at the heart of building peace and security – UN chief

25 October 2016 – The urgent drive to bring women into their rightful place at the heart of building peace and security “must never stop,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today, calling for key steps towards that goal, including holding all UN peace operations accountable for putting women and girls at the centre of their work.


UN receives reports of executions and use of ‘human shields’ by ISIL in battle for Mosul

25 October 2016 – As Iraqi Government forces close in on Mosul, the United Nations human rights wing said today that it continues to receive reports of grave violations against civilians, including extrajudicial killings and summary executions, by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) extremists.


UN agency supporting French authorities in transferring refugees from Calais ‘Jungle’

25 October 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that it is assisting French authorities as they begin to close the refugee camp in Calais known as ‘the Jungle,” and “environment not fit for human habitation” and which highlights the need for greater responsibility sharing and coordination between European Union member States.


Mediterranean death toll in 2016 ‘worst we have seen’ – UN refugee agency

25 October 2016 – With just two months left in 2016, and despite a substantial drop in the number of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean, the number of people losing their lives has witnessed a three-fold overall increase this year, and in one particular route by more than five-fold, the United Nations refugee agency said today.