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UN refugee agency assists hundreds of Libyans rescued at sea as Europe responds to migration crisis

28 April 2015 – The heads of United Nations agencies with a stake in the current crisis in the Mediterranean Sea have pledged to working closely with the European Union (EU) following its decision “to mobilize all efforts at its disposal to prevent further loss of life at sea and to tackle the root causes of the human emergency.”


Burundi: Ban condemns election-related violence after President nominated as candidate

28 April 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has today condemned the outbreak of violence in Burundi following the nomination of President Pierre Nkurunziza as the presidential candidate of the country’s ruling party, and appealed to all Burundians to “safeguard the hard won gains” made in peace and democracy.


UN agency unveils alternative policy agenda to transform economies, make gender equality a reality

27 April 2015 – A major new report released today in seven locations around the world by the United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment (UN Women) calls for the transformation of economies to make women’s rights and equality a reality.


Amid rising death toll in Yemen, UN urges humanitarian access, respect for international law

24 April 2015 – The United Nations human rights office said today that civilians are continuing to die in Yemen, with the total number killed between 26 March and 22 April now estimated at 551, including 31 women and at least 115 children.


Mediterranean crisis: UN welcomes EU measures on migrants, urges more comprehensive action

24 April 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency welcomed the European Union's (EU) mobilization of resources in response to the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, while also urging increased efforts aimed at saving lives and integrating asylum seekers in accordance with human rights.


Libya: UN condemns ‘horrific’ week of human rights violations amid county’s rising violence

24 April 2015 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today condemned the “successive horrific incidents” in Libya this past week – ranging from the appalling loss of life in the Mediterranean of those escaping violence, the execution of Christians and the killings of several members of a prominent family by the so-called ‘Islamic State in Libya.’


During Azerbaijan visit, UN experts welcome 'unhindered access' to places of detention

24 April 2015 – A United Nations human rights body has welcomed the decision by the Government of Azerbaijan to allow it “unhindered access” to places of detention across the Central Asian country while also urging authorities to do more to protect the rights of people in custody.


UN forum in Morocco agrees draft action plan for religious leaders on preventing incitement to violence

24 April 2015 – A United Nations-backed forum today concluded in Fez, Morocco, having developed a plan of action aimed at preventing incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes.


In Morocco, UN-backed forum highlights role of religious leaders in preventing atrocities

23 April 2015 – At a forum on the role of religious leaders in preventing incitement to violence and atrocities, which opened today in Fez, Morocco, a senior UN rights official stressed the importance of religious leaders worldwide in the prevention, mitigation and resolution of conflicts.


UN Assembly President urges collective action to end intolerance, promote reconciliation

23 April 2015 – On the heels of a two-day United Nations High-Level meeting on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation, Fostering Peaceful, Inclusive Societies and Countering Violent Extremism, President of General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, has called for the defeat of obscurantism and urged faith leaders around the world to denounce those who preach intolerance in the name of religion.