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13 stories found over the past 45 days
UN rights chief spotlights Burundi, migrant crises in Europe and Asia, other pressing issues

26 May 2015 – The top United Nations human rights official drew attention to several issues of concern today in an informal address to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council from the eruption of violence in Burundi and the overflowing migrant dilemmas in the Mediterranean and South-East Asia, to the protracted and worsening conflict in South Sudan.


Canada’s deportation of Jamaican man with mental disability ‘cruel treatment’ – UN experts

21 May 2015 – After examining the case, a United Nations Committee has found that Canada’s deportation of a Jamaican man with a mental disability who had spent much of his life in Canada amounted to cruel and inhuman treatment, effectively leaving him without medical and family support.


UN hails outcome of Incheon forum as ‘huge step forward’ for education

21 May 2015 – The United Nations has hailed the “transformative” vision for education over the next 15 years that was adopted today at a global forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea, and which encourages countries to provide inclusive, equitable, quality education opportunities for all.


UN rights expert urges Armenia to ‘shed light’ on violence against children

19 May 2015 – The UN independent human rights expert on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography today urged the Armenian government to devote more attention to the issue of violence against children as well as irregularities in adoption processes, which can amount to sale of children.


At UN forum, Ban urges leaders aim to set global education roadmap until 2030

19 May 2015 – Education is not a privilege but rather a birthright that secures human rights and fights violent extremism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in Incheon, Republic of Korea, as he opened the World Education Forum 2015 which aims to set the roadmap for global education until 2030.


Mothers and children need more – not less – social protection, says UN labour agency

11 May 2015 – Calling for greater “social protection” for women as the United Nations draws up a new development agenda, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has cited alarming statics, including that some 800 women die in child birth every day, only 28 per cent of employed women receive cash benefits during their maternity leave, and that child poverty is rising in 18 of 28 countries in the European Union.


Yemen conflict death toll nears 650, with UN rights office spotlighting plight of 3 million disabled

05 May 2015 – The conflict in Yemen has now taken at least 646 civilian lives and injured more than 1,300 others, according to UN human rights monitors who also drew attention today to the desperate plight of persons with disabilities who are facing increasing difficulties in meeting their basic needs.


UN launches #SaveKidsLives campaign to boost road safety for children

04 May 2015 – Each day some 500 children die from road traffic crashes, thousands more are injured and the situation is only getting worse, the United Nations warned today as it launched #SaveKidsLives, a global campaign to generate action to make streets safe for children.


Eight months after Gaza war, ‘not a single home has been rebuilt’ – UN agency

23 April 2015 – Nearly eight months after the ceasefire that ended the most recent hostilities in the Gaza Strip, not a single destroyed home has been rebuilt in the enclave, according to the United Nations agency mandated with ensuring the well-being of Palestine refugees.


Ahead of World Immunization Week, UN warns global vaccination targets ‘far off track’

22 April 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization today warned that progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is “far off track,” with one in five children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases.