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UN welcomes 'historic' guilty verdict against Radovan Karadžić

24 March 2016 – Calling today “historic” for the people of former Yugoslavia and for international criminal justice, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed support for the victims who suffered under former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić, following his guilty verdict by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).


UN rights chief urges Egypt to halt 'clampdown' on civil society groups

24 March 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief has expressed grave concern over the closure of hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt and the prosecutions of numerous rights defenders for their legitimate work since November 2014, urging the Government to end such repressive measures.


'End to fighting can't come soon enough' for Yemen, says UN humanitarian chief

24 March 2016 – The United Nations relief chief today welcomed efforts to find a solution to the crisis in Yemen, adding that yesterday's announcement of an agreement to cease hostilities on 10 April is “positive.”


DR Congo at 'critical juncture,' amid rising political tensions – UN envoy tells Security Council

23 March 2016 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is at a critical juncture, with rising political tensions ahead of elections which could lead to violence if left unaddressed, the top United Nations official in the country warned the Security Council today, while highlighting key issues for consideration as it renews the UN's mandate there.


‘Witchcraft’ beliefs trigger attacks against people with albinism, UN expert warns

22 March 2016 – People with albinism are being hunted for witchcraft rituals, their body parts hacked off with machetes, and even having their graves desecrated, a United Nations expert warned today in her first report to the UN Human Rights Council.