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UN deplores deadly attack on ‘blue helmets’ in DR Congo

06 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the killing of two United Nations peacekeepers and the wounding of thirteen others in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following an ambush in the North Kivu region, a spokesperson for the Organization has confirmed.


DR Congo: UN official condemns ‘intolerable’ attack on mission helicopter

04 May 2015 – The head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has condemned today’s attack on a UN helicopter near the city of Beni as “unacceptable and intolerable.”


Alarmed by Burundi media curbs, UN human rights office reiterates call for free and fair elections

01 May 2015 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed its deep concern about measures taken this week by Burundian authorities to seriously curtail rights to freedom of expression and assembly, urging measures to ensure the space necessary for the conduct of free and fair elections in the country.


UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Democratic Republic of the Congo

30 April 2015 – The head of the United Nations body mandated to defend freedom of expression and press freedom called today for an investigation into the killing of a journalist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 16 April.


Burundi: UN working to help relocate civilians fleeing election-related violence

27 April 2015 – Civil unrest erupted in Burundi this weekend after the ruling party overwhelmingly elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on Saturday as its candidate for the 26 June presidential election, the humanitarian wing of the United Nations reported today, appealing for $11.6 million dollars to plan a response for the influx of people seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.


UN warns Central African Republic is becoming largest forgotten humanitarian crisis

27 April 2015 – The Central African Republic (CAR) is quickly becoming the largest forgotten humanitarian crisis of our time with some 60 percent of its population in need of aid, including nearly 900,000 people forcibly displaced by conflict, but assistance programmes remain “dramatically underfunded,” the United Nations refugee agency said today.


Burundi: UN refugee agency warns surge in people fleeing pre-election violence

17 April 2015 – The number of Burundians seeking refuge in neighbouring countries has surged in recent weeks following an uptick in pre-election violence and intimidation throughout the African nation, a spokesperson for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today.


UN mission condemns ‘murderous’ attack on civilians in north-eastern DR Congo town

17 April 2015 – The head of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has strongly condemned Wednesday’s deadly attack on civilians in North Kivu province and expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims.


Women’s empowerment key to end sexual violence in combat, UN envoy tells Security Council

15 April 2015 – As the great moral issue of our time, sexual violence in conflict is used to terrorise, displace and subjugate victims, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue told the Security Council today, urging the body to take action to deal with this growing threat.


DOHA: UN officials spotlight equal access to justice in promoting inclusive economic development

13 April 2015 – The role that fair, transparent and accessible legal frameworks play in poverty eradication – and in promoting sustainable development – was highlighted by General Assembly President Sam Kutesa and other top United Nations officials attending the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice today, in Doha, Qatar.