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‘Use your voices to claim your rights,’ Ban urges university graduates in Belgium

28 May 2015 – Addressing the graduating class at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, where he was bestowed an honorary degree today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave students one final homework assignment: become global citizens with global vision.


Ban tells European Parliament to work together to address challenge of migration

27 May 2015 – In Brussels today, where he was addressing the European Parliament, the United Nations Secretary-General today the important role played by the European Union in boosting the UN agenda, particularly on matters of peace, development and human rights.


Tanzania cholera epidemic improving but ‘significant challenges’ still remain – UN

26 May 2015 – United Nations-backed containment measures aimed at stemming the deadly cholera epidemic in western Tanzania's Lake Tanganyika region appear to be working, the Organization's refugee agency (UNHCR) announced today amid a tapering off in the number of reported deaths among both Burundian refugees and locals.


Concluding Ireland visit, UN chief tells refugee community world must provide ‘safe avenues of migration’

25 May 2015 – The international community must intensify efforts to provide regular and safe avenues of migration and access to protection, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he wrapped up his trip to Ireland with a visit to a community of resettled refugees.


Burundi: UN chief condemns killing of opposition politician as tensions in country rise

24 May 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of a Burundian politician and his bodyguard in a move that threatens to further destabilize the country amid simmering political tensions and a growing humanitarian crisis.


Burundi: Ban applauds political dialogue as UN appeals for wider cholera relief efforts

22 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced encouragement at the ongoing political dialogue in Burundi following weeks of tensions and a reportedly failed coup d'état in the country's capital of Bujumbura, according to a United Nations spokesperson.


Amid ‘extremely tense situation’ in Burundi, UN rights chief warns against reprisals in wake of failed coup

15 May 2015 – The United Nations human rights chief has voiced concern over the developments in Burundi over the past two days following a reportedly failed coup d’état in the country’s capital and urged all armed forces and non-state actors to refrain from actions that may endanger civilians.


Burundi: UN chief urges restraint, condemns all attempts to oust elected governments by military force

14 May 2015 – Calling urgently for calm and restraint in Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned all attempts to oust elected governments by military force and appealed to the country’s political and security leaders to “clearly and openly reject the use of violence, refrain from acts of revenge, and rein in their militants.”


Rebel group responsible for ‘grave violations’ in DR Congo massacres, says UN report

13 May 2015 – A United Nations human rights report released today says that a Uganda-based rebel group has committed grave violations of international humanitarian law in crisis-riven north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


Burundi: UN chief urges calm amid country's political crisis

13 May 2015 – Amid reports of political upheaval in Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called urgently today on all parties in the country to exercise calm and restraint, and reminded the country's leaders of the need to preserve peace and stability.