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On World Press Freedom Day, UN says free expression vital for global sustainability

03 May 2015 – Freedom of expression and press freedom are critical to the successful implementation of good governance and human rights around the world, top United Nations officials declared today as they inaugurated the 2015 edition of World Press Freedom Day with a reminder that both freedoms were “essential” for the shaping of a new global sustainable development agenda.


Central African Republic: UN investigation into sexual abuse allegations continues

01 May 2015 – The United Nations is proceeding with its investigation of the events surrounding the release to a third party of an internal report on allegations of sexual misconduct by French military personnel in the Central African Republic (CAR), a spokesperson for the Organization has confirmed.


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.


Security Council demands immediate end to hostilities in Mali, urges parties to abide by ceasefire

01 May 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today expressed its deep concern at the outbreak of violence that has occurred in Mali this past week, which “threatens to undermine the peace process, and demanded that the hostilities cease immediately.”


Maldives: UN rights office says trial of former President politicized, unfair

01 May 2015 – The trial and conviction of former Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed was vastly unfair, arbitrary and disproportionate, a senior United Nations human rights official announced today as she reported on her recent visit to the Asian country.


UN event addresses gender equality and safety of journalists ahead of World Press Freedom Day

01 May 2015 – The United Nations today commemorated World Press Freedom Day 2015 with a moment of silence for journalists killed in the line of duty, and drew attention to the need for greater gender equality in the media and the safety of journalists in the digital age, where protection from surveillance will become increasingly important.


UN relief wing says unrest continues in Burundi, requests funds for humanitarian contingency planning

30 April 2015 – Civil unrest continued for a fourth day in areas of Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, after current President Pierre Nkurunziza was nominated by the ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy – Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party as their candidate for upcoming presidential elections, the United Nations relief arm reported today.


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.


Ban calls for immediate end to hostilities in northern Mali amid surge in violence

29 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate end to hostilities in northern Mali and expressed concern over ceasefire violations that have occurred in the country in recent days at a “critical moment” in the peace process to bring all parties to sign the draft peace agreement.


UN chief expresses ‘deep regret’ about executions of eight people in Indonesia

29 April 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today expressed his deep regret over executions carried out in Indonesia on April 29 despite numerous calls in the country and abroad for a reprieve.