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At Security Council, senior UN official urges continued political efforts to resolve Ukraine conflict

05 June 2015 – The tremendous human cost of the Ukraine conflict must be first addressed through mutual respect of the Minsk ceasefire agreement and the fulfilment of its political, economic, social and humanitarian provisions, the top United Nations political official affirmed today as he briefed the Security Council on the situation in the conflict-torn Eastern European country.

FEATURE: How one UN volunteer found her calling

05 June 2015 – Nothing in Piera Zuccherin’s comfortable upbringing foretold her lifelong involvement as a volunteer. But today, she is one of the more than one billion people who volunteer globally.

Crackdown on journalist and activists jeopardize human rights in Iran, UN expert warns

05 June 2015 – The arbitrary and unlawful arrest and prosecution of journalists and activists in Iran weakens the protection of human rights of all in Iran, a United Nations expert said today.

Citing ‘horrifying acts of cruelty’ in Nigeria, UN rights chief urges justice for victims

05 June 2015 – The human rights situation in Boko Haram-held areas of northern Nigeria is one of “absolute terror” and “grave” violations, the top United Nations human rights official said today amid a wider call for Nigerian authorities to thoroughly investigate reports of abuses committed by the country’s armed forces.

DR Congo: UN voices support for Government offensive against militia

04 June 2015 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has welcomed the latest military operation by the country’s armed forces against members of an independent militia group following the collapse of political negotiations.

Major funding gap has left Iraq on brink of ‘catastrophe,’ UN warns as new humanitarian appeal launched

04 June 2015 – Critical aid operations supporting millions of people affected by the conflict in Iraq are at risk of shutting down unless funds are made available immediately, the United Nations official overseeing relief operations in the country warned today as she joined an international appeal for nearly $500 million to cover the immediate needs of 5.6 million Iraqis for the next six months.

Security Council condemns South Sudan violence, expresses concern over expulsion of UN relief coordinator

03 June 2015 – Renewing its support to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the vital mandate it is performing to protect civilians there, the Security Council today expressed its grave concern over the security and humanitarian situation in the country, which has been torn by “a conflict that is only growing more violent as it nears its 18th month.”

UN expert urges Greece and global financial institutions to reach debt deal that respects human rights

02 June 2015 – Noting that challenges remain to curb Greek debt crisis while addressing human rights, a United Nations expert today urged international institutions and Greece to redouble their efforts to “maximum available resources” for financial obligations and ensure the enjoyment of human rights.

Afghanistan: outgoing rights official at UN mission pledges commitment to advancing women’s rights

02 June 2015 – While the outgoing senior United Nations rights official in Afghanistan said she expected the human rights advances made “will be sustained, will not be rolled back, and will not be sacrificed,” she lamented the high level of violence against women and the need for the Government to do “much more” for women’s rights.

UN expert calls on Azerbaijan to free human rights defenders ahead of 2015 Baku Games

02 June 2015 – United Nations Special Rapporteur Michel Forst today criticized the “relentless prosecution and repression of prominent rights activists in Azerbaijan” and called for their immediate release – before the inaugural European Games begin in Baku on 12 June.