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New UN human rights office to open in Liberia in early 2018

04 August 2017 – Although Liberia has made significant progress since the civil war ended, precarious human rights conditions have prompted the United Nations to open an office there early next year to monitor and report on the situation.


DR Congo: UN report indicates Government participation in ethnic massacres in Kasai

04 August 2017 – Violence in the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) appears to be taking on an increasingly disturbing ethnic dimension, a United Nations human rights wing has warned, citing testimonies that Government forces have led ethnicity-based attacks.


UN sanctions 'formidable instrument for global peace and security,' Security Council told

03 August 2017 – United Nations Security Council sanctions are “a formidable instrument for global peace and security,” a senior UN political official said today, stressing that these measures, when implemented effectively, can contribute to preventing conflict, countering terrorism and constraining the proliferation of nuclear weapons.


ISIL's 'genocide' against Yazidis is ongoing, UN rights panel says, calling for international action

03 August 2017 – Marking three years since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) attacked the Yazidis in Iraq, a United Nations-mandated inquiry has called for justice and rescue plans.


Mauritania: UN rights office voices concern about unrest ahead of constitutional referendum

03 August 2017 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern about the ongoing unrest in Mauritania, ahead of the constitutional referendum scheduled for Saturday, particularly the apparent suppression of dissenting voices and the reported use of excessive force by the authorities against protest leaders.


Amid 'political impasse' in Burundi, Security Council urges all parties to cease violence

02 August 2017 – The United Nations Security Council today expressed “deep concern” over the political situation in Burundi – including increasing numbers of refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings – and strongly urged the Government and all parties to immediately cease and reject such violence.


Afghanistan: UN condemns killing of civilians in Herat mosque attack

02 August 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN political mission in Afghanistan have denounced last night's attack against worshippers gathered in a mosque in the city of Herat which killed at least 31 civilians and injured many more.


INTERVIEW: Head of UN drug body urges greater access to treatment for women

01 August 2017 – Women continue to be disproportionately affected by drug use, and face obstacles in accessing treatment, compared to men, according to the President of the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).


Venezuela: UN rights chief 'deeply concerned' by detention of opposition leaders

01 August 2017 – The top United Nations human rights official today expressed deep concern about the detention of two opposition leaders by Venezuelan authorities after Sunday's elections for a Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolás Maduro.


Venezuela: UN rights office urges all parties to refrain from violence amid protests over weekend polls

31 July 2017 – The United Nations human rights office has expressed regret that at least 10 people died in Venezuela over the weekend amid clashes between security forces and protestors opposing the Constituent Assembly elections, a spokesman for the Secretary-General said today.