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Yemen: Ban condemns expulsion of UN rights official; ‘extremely concerned’ for staff

07 January 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the Government of Yemen’s decision to expel the United Nations Human Rights representative in the war-torn country, voicing “extreme concern” for the safety of the remaining national and international staff.


UN human rights chief calls on Thai Government to probe scores of enforced disappearances

06 January 2016 – Calling on Thailand to criminalize enforced disappearance in its laws in line with international standards, the top United Nations human rights official today urged the Government to take decisive and sustained steps to investigate the whereabouts of at least 82 people listed as disappeared.


Ban names former UN humanitarian official as Special Adviser on 2016 refugee and migrant summit

05 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Karen AbuZayd of the United States as Special Adviser for an upcoming UN summit on managing large-scale movements of migrants and refugees.


Fresh allegations of sexual abuse made against UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic

05 January 2016 – The United Nations is investigating new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse and other misconduct by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), this time by forces under the world body’s flag, the top UN official there said today, as further steps are being put in place to combat the scourge.


Yemen: civilian casualties top 8,100 as airstrikes and shelling continue, UN reports

05 January 2016 – Civilians are suffering a “terrible toll” in the fighting tearing Yemen apart, with casualties now topping 8,100, nearly 2,800 of them killed, amid Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, shelling by Houthi groups and other clashes, the United Nations reported today.


UN chief calls on Iran, Saudi Arabia to avoid further exacerbating tensions after executions

04 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has phoned the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran to urge both countries to avoid actions that could further exacerbate tensions after the recent Saudi executions, the attack on the Saudi embassy in Iran, and the rupture in diplomatic ties.


Faced with Israeli denial of access to Occupied Palestinian Territory, UN expert resigns

04 January 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian territories is resigning due to Israel's failure to grant him access to the areas he is tasked with monitoring.


UN officials 'deeply dismayed' by Saudi executions, urge commuting all death sentences

03 January 2016 – Top United Nations officials have expressed deep dismay and regret over yesterday's executions by Saudi Arabia of 47 people, including the cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, and called on the country's authorities to commute all death sentences.


Libya: UN envoy holds New Year talks to boost support for unity accord

02 January 2016 – Strife-torn Libya begins 2016 with a ray of hope and the possibility of rediscovering peace in unity, the top United Nations envoy to the country has stressed in a New Year's Day message as he held talks with a cross-section of political leaders.


Proper sanitation becomes separate UN human right in enhanced fight against deadly infections

31 December 2015 – With more than 2.5 billion people worldwide, one third of the total population, living without access to proper toilets, the United Nations General Assembly has recognised sanitation as a separate human right in a bid to curb a major source of deadly infections.