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102 stories found over the past 45 days
In ISIL-controlled territory, 8 million civilians living in ‘state of fear’ – UN expert

31 July 2015 – The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has engaged in widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds in Syria and Iraq, brutally forcing some 8 million people to “assimilate, flee or face death,” according to a United Nations expert.


On World Day, UN urges action to combat human trafficking, give victims ‘hope and justice’

30 July 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged every country to join the fight against human trafficking as United Nations agencies and their partners vowed to work together to support and protect victims of this transnational crime, while pursuing and prosecuting criminals and their networks.


Security Council approves one year renewal of UN Assistance Mission in Iraq

29 July 2015 – The Security Council today extended for another year the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and expressed its intention to review the operation’s mandate in 12 months or sooner, if requested by the Iraqi Government.


At Security Council, Ban and UN special envoy outline ‘way forward’ on political solution for war-torn Syria

29 July 2015 – Describing the more than four years of “slaughter” in Syria as a “shameful symbol of the international community’s divisions and failure,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to the Security Council to endorse his Special Envoy’s recommendations on reaching the political solution that “all parties claim to support.”


Security Council authorizes ongoing African Union deployment in Somalia, extends UN assistance mission

28 July 2015 – The Security Council today authorized the Member States of the African Union to maintain the deployment of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for an additional 10 months, until 30 May 2016.


Violent attacks reported against civilians fleeing ISIL-controlled areas of Iraq – UN human rights office

28 July 2015 – An increasing number of people in Iraq, including families with children and the elderly, have encountered deadly ambushes as they try to escape areas controlled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levan (ISIL) by risking their lives on a treacherous mountain journey to safety, the United Nations human rights office reported today.


Durable ceasefire needed as ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ leaves millions suffering in Yemen – UN relief chief

28 July 2015 – The conflict in Yemen has brought “appalling damage” on an already suffering people, the top United Nations humanitarian official told the Security Council today, pressing the international community to redouble its efforts to secure a pause in the fighting respected by all parties, thus providing space for relief workers to reach desperate civilians and for the warring sides to agree a durable ceasefire and, ultimately, a political solution.


UN human rights officials seriously concerned by verdicts in trial of former members of Qadhafi regime

28 July 2015 – The verdicts in the trial of 37 Qadhafi regime officials, including against the former leader’s son, Saif al-Islam Qadhafi, handed down today by the Tripoli Court of Assize, has drawn serous concern from senior United Nations human rights officials in Libya, as well as in Geneva, amid fears the trial did not meet international standards on a number of fronts.


Security Council condemns Boko Haram violence, backs regional efforts to counter ongoing attacks

28 July 2015 – While acknowledging progress made against Boko Haram following joint regional military efforts in recent months, the United Nations Security Council today encouraged increased regional cooperation to stamp out the terrorist group, which the Council strongly condemned for its ongoing deadly violence, human rights abuses and mass abductions in the Lake Chad Basin.


At 70, UN remains 'real' to the lives of people worldwide, UN information chief says in Washington, D.C.

28 July 2015 – From the lofty aims set out by of its founding Charter 70 years ago, to the life-saving work it undertakes today in peace and security, development and human rights, “the UN is real and critical to the day-to-day lives of so many people around the world,” the Organization's top public information official said today in Washington, D.C.