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107 stories found over the past 45 days
INTERVIEW: WFP chief declares ‘the time is now’ for Central African Republic

10 April 2014 – Racing against time and bad weather, prodding fickle donors and an indifferent general public, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working on all fronts to support millions of desperate people in the Central African Republic (CAR) and to keep international attention focused on the escalating crisis.

UN experts concerned as indigenous group in Cameroon evicted from ancestral lands

10 April 2014 – The independent United Nations experts dealing with the rights of minorities and of indigenous peoples today voiced their concern about the eviction and demolition of houses of the Mbororo pastoralist community in Cameroon, and urged a solution to their plight.

Iran: UN rights experts appeal for urgent medical care for detained political prisoners

10 April 2014 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today voiced alarm at the denial of medical care to two political prisoners in Iran who are at risk of dying in detention due to worsening health conditions, and urged the authorities to provide them with treatment.

Security Council establishes UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic

10 April 2014 – Deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation and ongoing human rights abuses in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today approved the establishment of a nearly 12,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping operation to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian access in the war-torn country.

Citing new report, UN urges DR Congo to end impunity for ‘widespread’ sexual violence

09 April 2014 – United Nations officials today called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to step up the fight against impunity for rape and sexual violence, which remain widespread and largely unpunished despite some progress in holding perpetrators accountable.

High rate of Māori in prison among concerns as UN experts wrap up New Zealand visit

08 April 2014 – A United Nations human rights panel has voiced concerns about issues related to the deprivation of liberty in New Zealand, including the “disproportionate incarceration rates” of the Māori population, despite legal safeguards against arbitrary detention.

Cambodia: UN expert concerned over curbs affecting human rights, democratic processes

07 April 2014 – The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, expressed concern today that the country’s National Assembly held its second session last week without the opposition representatives taking up their seat, and urged the legislature to upkeep the key principles of any law-making process: transparency, accountability and participation.

Philippines’ debt must be cancelled to support typhoon recovery effort – UN expert

07 April 2014 – Voicing concern that the Philippines’ post-typhoon reconstruction and recovery efforts could be undermined by its heavy debt load, a United Nations independent human rights expert today issued a strong call on international creditors to cancel the country’s debt and to provide unrestricted grant aid instead of new loans.

As ratifications lag, UN experts renew call for States to sign treaty on migrant workers’ rights

07 April 2014 – The expert members of the United Nations panel dealing with the rights of migrant workers and their families renewed today their appeal to all countries to sign the international treaty on the rights of those workers, which went into effect almost 11 years ago.

Challenges facing world population take centre stage at annual UN forum

07 April 2014 – Member States today kicked off a week-long assessment at United Nations Headquarters of action taken over the past 20 years to improve people’s lives and address population issues amid changes in ageing, fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization.