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‘Credibility of international community at risk’ as Syria war grinds on – senior UN officials

21 June 2016 – With the conflict in Syria now well into its fifth year, and the country dealing with a grinding crisis that has brought death, displacement and regional instability, the international community must not lose momentum in attaining a comprehensive and concrete political solution, senior United Nations officials emphasized today.


Despite positive talks, delays over peace roadmap ‘needlessly extending Yemen’s agony’– UN envoy

21 June 2016 – The United Nations–supported Yemeni peace talks under way in Kuwait have progressed “slowly, yet constructively,” over the last two months, with agreement still to be reached on the sequencing of the various steps proposed, including the timing of establishing a national unity government, the UN envoy for the country said today.


‘Permission-based’ public life regime has nearly paralyzed civic freedoms in Belarus – UN expert

21 June 2016 – A senior United Nations expert on human rights in Belarus warned today that several generations have grown up in the country “with no experience of what the words ‘pluralism,’ ‘labour rights,’ ‘free enterprise,’ ‘free artistic creation’ or ‘free media’ mean in reality.”


UN agencies warn of alleged rights violations, funding shortfall in embattled Fallujah

21 June 2016 – Amid ongoing fighting in the embattled Iraqi city of Fallujah, the United Nations human rights office today warned of continuing allegations of serious rights violations, as the Organization’s refugee agency reported a funding crunch to meet the immediate needs of the thousands of civilians who continue to flee the area.


Bahrain: UN rights office concerned at crackdown on human rights and political opposition groups

21 June 2016 – Concerned at the intensification of a crackdown on free expression and association, and the right to a nationality in Bahrain, the United Nations human rights office today urged the Government to ensure those rights are protected in line with the country’s obligations under international law and that civil society activists do not face undue pressure, intimidation or reprisals for their work.


UN expert sees very little change in efforts to protect right to life, end impunity in Mexico

20 June 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today said that in Mexico, very little has changed regarding the protection of the right to life his 2013 fact-finding mission to the country.


‘Unprecedented’ 65 million people displaced by war and persecution in 2015 – UN

20 June 2016 – The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, a tally greater than the population of the United Kingdom, or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined, says a new report released on World Refugee Day today.


Myanmar must address ‘serious’ human rights violations against minorities – UN rights chief

20 June 2016 – Issuing a new report on the situation of minorities in Myanmar, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has urged the Government to take concrete steps to end the “systemic discrimination” and ongoing human rights violations against minority communities, particularly the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.


On World Day, Ban declares era of impunity 'over' for sexual violence in war

19 June 2016 – Marking the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the era of impunity for sexual violence as a tool of war is over, citing a host of landmark rulings against political and military leaders.


Visiting Greek island, Ban says refugees' nightmare 'not over,' urging humane approach across Europe

18 June 2016 – Visiting the Greek island of Lesbos, which has become migrants' entry point to Europe, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the countries in the region to respond with a humane and human rights-based approach, instead of border closures, barriers and bigotry.