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Philippines’ debt must be cancelled to support typhoon recovery effort – UN expert

07 April 2014 – Voicing concern that the Philippines’ post-typhoon reconstruction and recovery efforts could be undermined by its heavy debt load, a United Nations independent human rights expert today issued a strong call on international creditors to cancel the country’s debt and to provide unrestricted grant aid instead of new loans.

As ratifications lag, UN experts renew call for States to sign treaty on migrant workers’ rights

07 April 2014 – The expert members of the United Nations panel dealing with the rights of migrant workers and their families renewed today their appeal to all countries to sign the international treaty on the rights of those workers, which went into effect almost 11 years ago.

Challenges facing world population take centre stage at annual UN forum

07 April 2014 – Member States today kicked off a week-long assessment at United Nations Headquarters of action taken over the past 20 years to improve people’s lives and address population issues amid changes in ageing, fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization.

In Kigali, Ban marks 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide urging vigilance to prevent future atrocities

07 April 2014 – Commemorating “one of the darkest chapters in human history,” United Nations officials paid tribute this morning to the 800,000 men, women and children – overwhelmingly Tutsi, moderate Hutu and Twa – that were systematically killed 20 years ago in Rwanda, and urged the international community to work together and remain vigilant to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again.

Heeding lessons of Rwanda, world must do more to prevent atrocities – Ban

06 April 2014 – As Rwandans commemorate the genocide that took place 20 years ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed during a visit to Kigali on Sunday the need for the international community to learn from such atrocities and to ensure that the words 'never again' are translated into action.

UN marks International Day with call for harnessing power of sport to build better world

06 April 2014 – The United Nations is calling on global citizens to become part of its team to harness the power of sport to build a better world for all as it marks the first ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

Kazakhstan urged to end mandatory registration of religious communities – UN expert

04 April 2014 – The United Nations expert on religious freedom called today on the Kazakhstan Government to halt the mandatory registration of religious communities, which notably affects small groups.

Central African Republic: UN says Chadian soldiers responsible for deadly Bangui attack

04 April 2014 – A preliminary investigation by the United Nations human rights office into the deadly events that took place on 29 March in a suburb of Bangui, the crisis-riven capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), has found that Chadian soldiers killed some 30 civilians and seriously wounded more than 300 in an indiscriminate attack on a crowded market.

Somalia: UN rights office calls for moratorium after ‘hasty’ execution of alleged murderer

04 April 2014 – The United Nations human rights office today voiced its concern at the “hasty” judicial process in the Somali town of Kismayo that led to the execution of man nine days after he allegedly murdered an elder, and called on authorities to impose a moratorium on the death penalty.

At Brussels conference, Ban spotlights crisis in Central African Republic

02 April 2014 – Stating that the world failed to stop the Central African Republic’s slide “into a grave political, economic and humanitarian crisis,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged African and European leaders meeting in Brussels to act quickly to end the killing, protect civilians and prevent further sectarian strife, including through the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force.