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Myanmar can draw on UN expertise in tackling Rohingya returns, Security Council told

12 December 2017 – The United Nations can help Myanmar to defuse inter-communal tensions and create an environment for safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees, the Organization’s top political official said Tuesday, stressing that the country could also tap the UN’s capacities and experience in tackling other challenges, including democratic consolidation.


Armed hostilities on rise again in Ukraine, where conflict ‘never really stopped,’ says UN rights wing

12 December 2017 – An uptick in armed hostilities in Ukraine has resulted in more deaths and new damages to critical water infrastructure storing dangerous chemicals – posing a grave threat to human life and the environment, according to a new United Nations report.


In wake of post-election protests in Honduras, UN chief urges authorities to respect rule of law

12 December 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres today called on authorities in Honduras to uphold the rule of law and respect for human rights following the presidential election.


Human Rights Day: UN officials pledge to advance human dignity, equality and rights

11 December 2017 – Top United Nations officials on Monday urged everyone to raise their voices and stand up for the rights of others, while celebrating the launch of a year-long campaign on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Security tensions may have deepened rights violations in DPRK, Security Council told

11 December 2017 – People’s rights are reportedly violated in “almost every aspect” of their lives in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations human rights chief warned Monday, stressing that security tensions on the Korean Peninsula should not negate concerns about the situation of ordinary people there.


Human Rights Day: UN launches campaign for 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration

10 December 2017 – The United Nations on Sunday kicked off in Paris, France, a year-long campaign to honor the foundational human rights document, which next year marks its 70th anniversary.


Not enough being done to shield civilians from violence in Somalia – UN report

10 December 2017 – The armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, according to a United Nations report launched today in the country's capital, Mogadishu.


'Genocide should not be part of our present or our future,' UN adviser says on day to honour victims

09 December 2017 – The United Nations office that coordinates efforts on genocide prevention has launched an appeal for Member States to ratify the 1948 genocide convention by the end of 2018 if they haven't done so.


FEATURE: Seizing on global trend, Afghan women reporters empower voices against violence

07 December 2017 – In a year when the #metoo hashtag has inspired women across the globe to tell their personal tales of harassment and unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, a team of female television reporters in northern Afghanistan is promising to “leave no sister behind” by telling the often harrowing stories of Afghan women and girls trapped by abuse and gender-based violence.


South Sudan: Security Council urged to do more to protect civilians, help end violence

07 December 2017 – With the conflict in South Sudan entering its fifth year, senior United Nations officials on Thursday expressed concern about the precarious security situation and bleak humanitarian conditions in the world’s youngest country.