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Indigenous peoples’ voices must be heard at Paris climate change conference, UN agency says

19 November 2015 – Indigenous peoples own, occupy or manage up to 65 per cent of the Earth’s land surface, yet they have largely been excluded from national plans prepared for next month’s United Nations climate change conference in Paris, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which is working to address the issue.

Nigeria: Ban condemns deadly terrorist attack; urges fight be grounded in international law

18 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the terrorist bomb attack in the Nigeria city of Yola, which killed dozens dead and injured scores.

Sri Lanka must fulfil the rights of families of the disappeared – UN rights experts

18 November 2015 – Sri Lanka has the opportunity to once and for all meet the rights and legitimate expectations of thousands of families of disappeared, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said today, declaring “families have waited too long – the time for action has come.”

Yemen: UN warns humanitarian situation has deteriorated 'drastically' as conflict claims 5,700 lives

18 November 2015 – The United Nations said today that the ongoing conflict in Yemen has resulted in over 32,000 casualties, with people 5,700 killed, including 830 women and children, alongside a sharp rise in human rights violations – nearly 8,875 or an average of 43 violations occurring every day.

Cambodia: Ban calls arrest warrant for opposition leader ‘worrisome development’

17 November 2015 – For the second time in three weeks the United Nations has expressed concern over increasing tensions between Cambodia’s Government and opposition, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today calling the arrest warrant issued against opposition leader Sam Rainsy “worrisome.”

Drought in Botswana is learning opportunity to achieve water security – UN rights expert

17 November 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged Botswana to take the current extreme drought in the southern African country as an opportunity to develop a strategy for providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation for all as “a short-cut to prevent illnesses and deaths” in the long run.

UN expert denounces Paris attacks as ‘crime against humanity, crime against culture’

17 November 2015 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, denounced in the strongest possible terms the 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris, saying they may constitute a crime against humanity in which people were targeted “simply for participating in cultural life.”

In shadow of Beirut and Paris terror attacks, UN Security Council discusses root causes of conflict

17 November 2015 – The United Nations Security Council held an already scheduled debate on conflict prevention today amid added urgency fuelled by last week’s terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressing that counter-terrorism must also tackle such root causes as bad governance, injustice and exclusion.

Somalia: senior UN official calls for global support to improve human rights situation

17 November 2015 – While noting significant improvement in several sectors in long-troubled Somalia, a senior United Nations official today warned that the country’s progress is “at risk” without increased support from international partners to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights.

Israeli punitive demolitions of Palestinian homes violates international law – senior UN relief official

16 November 2015 – While recognizing Israel’s “serious security challenges,” a senior United Nations official today called its punitive demolition of the homes of alleged attackers “inherently unjust” and against international law, noting that 20 Palestinians, eight of them children, were made homeless in the past three days.