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28 stories found over the past 45 days
Cambodia: Ban calls arrest warrant for opposition leader ‘worrisome development’

17 November 2015 – For the second time in three weeks the United Nations has expressed concern over increasing tensions between Cambodia’s Government and opposition, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today calling the arrest warrant issued against opposition leader Sam Rainsy “worrisome.”

Somalia: senior UN official calls for global support to improve human rights situation

17 November 2015 – While noting significant improvement in several sectors in long-troubled Somalia, a senior United Nations official today warned that the country’s progress is “at risk” without increased support from international partners to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights.

UN Police play crucial role for success of peacekeeping missions, top officials tell Security Council

13 November 2015 – Though generally far less numerous than the military component in United Nations peacekeeping operations, UN Police play a vital role in protecting civilians and training local forces, facing multiple challenges and dangers in fulfilling their mission, the Security Council heard today.

After elections, Ban says people and leaders of Myanmar ‘have it within their power' to build better future

12 November 2015 – Welcoming this past weekend’s elections as “a significant achievement in Myanmar’s democratic transition,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended warm congratulations to the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for their landmark performance at the polls and to the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) for its dignified acceptance of the verdict of the people.

UN rights experts urge Iran to stop silencing journalists’ dissenting voices ahead elections

11 November 2015 – Expressing concern over the detention, prosecution and intimidation of journalists and bloggers in Iran before the upcoming parliamentary elections, United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government to stop “silencing dissenting voices” and to stand by its international obligation on freedom of expression.

In Saudi Arabia, UN chief calls fighting terrorism with heavy-handed tactics counter-productive

10 November 2015 – Speaking in a region that has been torn apart by violent extremism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Arab and South America leaders in Saudi Arabia today that heavy-handed tactics in fighting terrorism only add fuel to the fire.

Ban appoints ‘veteran UN senior leader’ Benomar as his Special Adviser

09 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Jamal Benomar of the United Kingdom as his Special Adviser, at the level of Under-Secretary-General.

DR Congo: Security Council calls for total neutralization of foreign, local armed groups in east

09 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today called for the elimination of local and foreign armed groups which have for decades devastated the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and urged the immediate resumption of joint operations between the UN peacekeeping force’s Intervention Brigade and the national army.

Libya: amid political crisis, Security Council urges parties to endorse, sign deal for unity government

07 November 2015 – Concerned over Libya's ongoing political, security and institutional crises and the rising threat of terrorism, the United Nations Security Council today urged all Libyan stakeholders to endorse and sign the recent UN-facilitated political deal and to move swiftly towards forming a Government of National Accord.

‘Magnitude of dangers facing Libya should not be underestimated,’ UN envoy tells Security Council

05 November 2015 – The magnitude of the dangers facing Libya should not be underestimated, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council today, noting that despite the passing of the timeline by which the United Nations had hoped a final political settlement would be endorsed, there is yet to be a final agreement.