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Syria: UN education envoy urges International Criminal Court probe into Idlib school attack

27 October 2016 – The United Nations envoy for education today called for an immediate investigation by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) into what he called a war crime in Syria – the latest attacks on a school compound in the western province of Idlib that left at least 20 pupils and teachers dead.

Ban hopes South Africa will ‘reconsider’ decision to withdraw from International Criminal Court

24 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has regretted the decision of the South African Government to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and expressed hope that the country will reconsider its decision before the withdrawal takes effect.

‘Crimes of historic proportions’ being committed in Aleppo, UN rights chief warns

21 October 2016 – Describing the bombardment and crippling siege of Syria’s war-ravaged eastern Aleppo as “crimes of historic proportions” the top United Nations rights official today urged the members of the UN Human Rights Council to “speak with one voice” in an effort to end the bloodshed.

Burundi: Security Council hopes for ‘swift solution’ between government and human rights bodies

14 October 2016 – Expressing “deep concern” over the political situation in Burundi, the United Nations Security Council reiterated its demand that all stakeholders to refrain from any action that could threaten peace and stability in the country or undermine the East African Community-led inter-Burundian dialogue.

Security Council dispatches UN special envoy to Burundi for talks on political crisis

13 October 2016 – The Security Council will dispatch a senior United Nations envoy to consult with officials in Burundi to “find a way forward on all issues related to peace and security and UN activities in the country,” after the Government earlier rejected a Council resolution on establishing a police officers’ component there and amid reports that it will withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

UN rights expert warns about growing restrictions on civil society in Egypt

11 October 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, warned today about growing restrictions on civil society in Egypt, with human rights defenders and organizations in particular being targeted.

Central African Republic needs support to tackle ‘spoilers,’ other challenges – UN peacekeeping chief

10 October 2016 – Recent unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR) demonstrates that the situation there remains fragile, and “spoilers are still active, on both sides,” the United Nations peacekeeping chief said today, telling the Security Council that the international community must stand firm and support the Government’s efforts to ensure lasting peace.

Libya: As situation worsens, UN envoy calls for pause in fighting near Benghazi

06 October 2016 – Expressing deep concern over the plight of civilians caught in the cross-fight in a Benghazi neighbourhood, a senior United Nations official in Libya has called for a humanitarian pause to allow aid to reach those in urgent need and as well as a safe passage for those who wish to leave.

Aleppo demands ‘bold action,’ including limiting use of Security Council veto – UN rights chief

04 October 2016 – The human rights calamity unfolding in the eastern part of Syria’s Aleppo city demands bold new initiatives, including proposals to “limit the use of the veto” by the permanent members of the Security Council, the top United Nations human rights official declared today.

ICC finds Malian extremist guilty of war crime in destroying historic sites in Timbuktu

27 September 2016 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) today found a Malian Islamist accused of destroying historical and religious monuments in the fabled city of Timbuktu guilty in the first-ever prosecution of the destruction of cultural heritage as a war crime.