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UN Assembly marks fiftieth anniversary of key human rights covenants, ‘bedrock of sound governance’

19 October 2016 – With violent extremism on the rise and waves of intolerance and hate targeting minorities, migrants and the most vulnerable, the international community must renew efforts to uphold its human rights treaties, the United Nations General Assembly heard this morning.

INTERVIEW: 'A surge in the diplomacy for peace would be my priority' – UN Secretary-General-designate

19 October 2016 – On 13 October 2016, the UN General Assembly appointed, by acclamation, the former Foreign Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December.

UN mission in Afghanistan reports 'worrying' rise in child casualties

19 October 2016 – Even though overall conflict-related civilian casualty numbers in Afghanistan fell by one per cent in the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, child casualties saw a marked increase of 15 per cent, the United Nations mission in the country said today.

UN human rights experts outline steps to strengthen prohibition, prevention of torture

18 October 2016 – Following a discussion with the main committee of the United Nations General Assembly responsible for social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues affecting people all over the world, three UN human rights experts briefed reporters in New York, highlighting steps to strengthen protection against torture.

Mosul: UN mission calls for Iraqi unity behind Government forces fighting ISIL

18 October 2016 – With the military operations under way to wrest the control of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) terrorists, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) today called on the Iraqi people to unite in support of their country’s armed forces and is urging “that every step be taken to avoid civilian casualties.”

Local communities must ‘stand strong to support’ recovery of 21 Chibok girls – UN rights experts

18 October 2016 – United Nations human rights experts have welcomed the release of 21 Chibok school girls from Boko Haram and called upon Nigerians – particularly their families and local communities – to support their immediate reintegration and rehabilitation.

Afghanistan: UN report finds July attack on peaceful protests in Kabul 'may amount to a war crime'

18 October 2016 – A new report released by the United Nations mission in Afghanistan has concluded that the 23 July attack on a large, peaceful demonstration in the country's capital, Kabul, not only deliberately targeted civilians but also was a serious violation of international humanitarian law, which may amount to a war crime.

Eradicating 'all forms' of poverty means ending humiliation and exclusion people living in poverty face – UN

17 October 2016 – Poverty is both a cause and consequence of marginalization and social exclusion, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing that to fulfil the promise of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind, “we must address the humiliation and exclusion of people living in poverty.”

Burundi: Security Council hopes for ‘swift solution’ between government and human rights bodies

14 October 2016 – Expressing “deep concern” over the political situation in Burundi, the United Nations Security Council reiterated its demand that all stakeholders to refrain from any action that could threaten peace and stability in the country or undermine the East African Community-led inter-Burundian dialogue.

New UN report urges Liberia to act on rape – ‘legacy’ of impunity from 14-year civil conflict

14 October 2016 – A United Nations report released today documents the high incidence of rape in Liberia and the widespread impunity enjoyed by perpetrators, and provides a number of recommendations to the Government, other national and international stakeholders, including the UN, to urgently combat the scourge.