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UN chief condemns attack on school in Yemen that killed at least 10 children

15 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attack, reportedly an airstrike, on a school in northern Yemen that killed at least 10 children and injured many more over the weekend.

DR Congo: Denying visa to human rights researcher ‘regrettable,’ says UN rights chief

12 August 2016 – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today said that the denial of visa to a human rights researcher in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a regrettable development.

Security Council approves regional protection force for UN mission in South Sudan

12 August 2016 – The Security Council today authorized a 4,000-strong regional protection force within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), “responsible for providing a secure environment in and around Juba,” the capital, which in early July was the scene of the latest eruption of deadly violence in the young country, exacerbating an already desperate humanitarian situation.

‘A political solution is the only solution,’ UN says, as rising violence deepens crisis in Yemen

12 August 2016 – The United Nations today sounded the alarm over a spike in violence in crisis-torn Yemen, as the world body’s human rights wing reported the number of civilian casualties in the conflict has been “steadily mounting,” with some 815 casualties since April alone.

South Sudan: Scale of refugee exodus straining capacity in neighbouring countries, warns UN

12 August 2016 – The countries hosting refugees from their crisis-gripped neighbour, South Sudan, are straining under the sheer weight of the ongoing exodus as desperate people continue to arrive at their borders daily, joining hundreds of thousands of others that fled for safety before them, the United Nations has warned.

Australia and Nauru must end offshore detention; investigate claims of abuse – UN rights office

12 August 2016 – Expressing concern about alleged violations against migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees, the United Nations human rights office today reiterated its call for Australia and Nauru to end the practice of processing and keeping these people offshore.

UN rights chief sees ‘worrying signs’ in Bulgaria’s detention regime for migrants

11 August 2016 – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today expressed serious concern that virtually all people entering Bulgaria in an “irregular manner” are subjected to detention, and that they could be prosecuted and even jailed if they try to leave, “placing many of them in an invidious Catch-22 situation.”

Millions of Syrians in ‘free fall’ as raging battles across country hinder aid access – UN

11 August 2016 – The tragedy unfolding in what has sadly become “the battle for Aleppo,” where attacks and counter-attacks over the past days have only compounded the suffering on two million civilians already struggling to cope with power outages and water shortages, spotlights again that there is “no military solution [there] or anywhere else in Syria,” the United Nations envoy on the crisis said today.

South Sudan crisis deepens as once-stable areas fall into violence – UN relief chief

10 August 2016 – Recently returned from a three-day visit to South Sudan, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien today painted a grave picture of the enormous humanitarian crisis facing the world’s newest country and the devastating impact of the ongoing violence on its people.

Child-directed advertising must be better regulated to curb adverse impacts – UN experts

10 August 2016 – Just head of International Youth Day, two United Nations human rights experts are drawing attention to the impact of commercial advertising directed at young children that instils, at an early age, over-consumption and indebtedness, and have urged the Governments to redefine those child-directed advertisements.