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Afghan civilian casualties hit half-year record, with 5,166 dead or maimed – UN

25 July 2016 – In the first six months of this year, 5,166 civilians were either killed or maimed in Afghanistan, a half-year record since counting began in 2009, a United Nations report published today shows.


Afghanistan: UN condemns terrorist attack that leaves scores dead in Kabul

23 July 2016 – Senior United Nations officials as well as the UN Security Council have strongly condemned an attack on a peaceful demonstration the Afghan capital that killed at least 80 people and injured more than 230 others, they also expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims.


Ban appoints Chilean national as Deputy Special Representative for Central African Republic

22 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as his new Deputy Special Representative for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).


Lebanon: Security Council calls for presidential and parliamentary polls by next May

22 July 2016 – Expressing deep concern over the two-year-long vacancy in the presidency of Lebanon, the United Nations Security Council today urged Lebanese leaders to urgently convene a parliamentary session and called on all parties to negotiate a compromise agreement in order to end the country's political and institutional crisis.


Ban urges Turkish authorities to respect constitutional order, human rights amid state of emergency

21 July 2016 – Following the declaration of a three-month state of emergency in Turkey as a result of an attempted military coup late last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Turkish authorities to ensure that constitutional order and international human rights law are fully respected.


As DR Congo polls approach, UN rights chief warns of threats to free speech, public assembly

21 July 2016 – Concluding a four-day mission to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, today commended the country's efforts to strengthen human rights but cautioned that some of these advances may be under threat, especially what he saw as repression against opposition parties in the coming elections.


Syria: After week of ‘horrific’ incidents, UNICEF calls for end to all violence against children

21 July 2016 – In a week marked by the brutal on-camera murder of a 12-year-old boy in Aleppo and the killing of more than 20 children killed during air strikes in Manbij, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for an immediate end to all forms of violence against children in Syria and urged all parties to the conflict there to make every effort to avoid the loss of civilian lives.


South Sudan: UN human rights expert calls for the release of journalist Alfred Taban

21 July 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of South Sudan to immediately release Alfred Taban, a prominent journalist and chief editor of the daily English newspaper, Juba Monitor.


UN rights chief 'deeply troubled' by conviction of land reform activists in Paraguay

20 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today expressed concern over the recent ruling by the Court in Paraguay that convicted 11 land reform protestors, calling on the country's authorities to take urgent measures to ensure fair, independent investigations and guarantee access to justice.


UN rights office raises concern about Israel's 'NGO Transparency Law'

19 July 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed concern about the so-called “NGO Transparency law” in Israel, saying it would disproportionately affect non-governmental organizations working on human rights and contribute to their de-legitimization.