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Ban urges borders and ports be kept open to thousands stranded at sea in Southeast Asia

14 May 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed alarm that some Southeast Asian countries may be refusing entry to several thousand people believed to be stranded on smugglers’ boats in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca, and urged leaders in the region to keep their borders and ports open.


Burundi: UN chief urges restraint, condemns all attempts to oust elected governments by military force

14 May 2015 – Calling urgently for calm and restraint in Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned all attempts to oust elected governments by military force and appealed to the country’s political and security leaders to “clearly and openly reject the use of violence, refrain from acts of revenge, and rein in their militants.”


UN ‘Free & Equal’ campaign launches video spotlighting LGBT diversity, fight against homophobia

14 May 2015 – A new United Nations ‘Free & Equal’ campaign video highlighting the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community is being shown today on the massive screens in New York’s Times Square ahead of International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.


At Security Council, UN officials warn against 'waning' global attention to plight of civilians in Iraq

14 May 2015 – The complexities and complications surrounding the plight of civilians in Iraq remain “enormous” amid slow political progress and ongoing violence throughout the country, a senior United Nations official warned today as he urged the international community to support the Gulf State's efforts towards stability and peace.


UN mission in Afghanistan condemns killing of 17 civilians by Taliban

14 May 2015 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has strongly condemned yesterday's killing of at least 17 civilians in two separate attacks for which the Taliban has claimed responsibility.


Rebel group responsible for ‘grave violations’ in DR Congo massacres, says UN report

13 May 2015 – A United Nations human rights report released today says that a Uganda-based rebel group has committed grave violations of international humanitarian law in crisis-riven north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


Burundi: UN chief urges calm amid country's political crisis

13 May 2015 – Amid reports of political upheaval in Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called urgently today on all parties in the country to exercise calm and restraint, and reminded the country's leaders of the need to preserve peace and stability.


Arms Trade Treaty vital to halting flow of ‘portable, casual instruments of death’, Security Council told

13 May 2015 – The widespread availability of small arms and light weapons, and their ammunition, is the common factor in over 250 conflicts witnessed across the globe in the last decade, the United Nations Secretary-General told the Security Council today, pointing to 50,000 deaths along with displacement levels unseen since the Second World War as direct consequences of such violence.


FEATURE: Generation at risk - UN Forum urges action to halt indigenous youth suicide

12 May 2015 – For centuries, indigenous peoples around the world have been forced to wage an existential struggle to protect their ways of life and the very fabric of their societies.


UN expert calls on Greek Government to ‘urgently implement’ anti-racism measures

12 May 2015 – The Government of Greece must implement stronger measures in order to effectively address hate speech and verbal abuse against vulnerable groups including irregular migrants and minorities such as the Roma people, according to a United Nations human rights expert.