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UN rights chief warns escalation in Ukraine fighting ‘catastrophic’ for country’s civilians

03 February 2015 – The ongoing conflict in Ukraine is proving “catastrophic” for the country's civilians amid escalating violence, indiscriminate shelling, and harsh winter conditions which have made life increasingly precarious for millions of civilians, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, warned today.

Egypt: UN chief welcomes release of detained journalist, urges Government to release others

02 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the decision by the Egyptian authorities to release the detained Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, ending his 400-day imprisonment.

UN chief welcomes African Union's decision to combat Boko Haram

31 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the decision of the African Union to join forces to stop the advancement of the “murderous campaigns” waged by Boko Haram, as he stressed the importance of the continent's collaboration with the UN, emphasizing that “lives depend on preventive-diplomacy and peacekeeping.”

Scourge of sexual violence in armed conflict 'far from being rooted out,' Security Council told

30 January 2015 – Despite some positive developments across the United Nations system, the task of protecting civilians has become more onerous as conflicts have become increasingly vicious, with the brutalization of women a deplorable persisting trend, a senior UN relief official said today, as she urged the Security Council to press all conflict parties to abide by their international obligations towards civilian protection.

In Addis Ababa, senior UN officials pledge ongoing cooperation with Africa on all fronts vital

30 January 2015 – Addressing the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the start of what he called a “crucial year for global action to secure our global future,” the United Nations Secretary-General today said he looked forward to African countries realizing their massive cultural, human and economic potential.

After intense flooding, Malawi desperately needs scale-up in international aid – UN experts

30 January 2015 – The international community must rapidly respond to the devastating flooding affecting Malawi with critical humanitarian aid and appropriate funding, a group of United Nations human rights experts affirmed today, warning that the African country was facing “its worst flooding in living memory.”

South Sudan: UN warns surge in Sudanese refugees pushes camp capacity to limit

30 January 2015 – Sudanese refugees continue to pour into South Sudan as they flee aerial bombardments and ground attacks in the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan, the United Nations refugee agency said today, as it warned that many of the settlement camps are quickly reaching full capacity.

Iraq: UN mission applauds Government investigation into sectarian massacre

29 January 2015 – The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has welcomed the Government’s decision to conduct a full investigation into the alleged sectarian killing of dozens of civilians by armed groups in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province.

El Salvador’s pardon for woman jailed for miscarriage should pave way for review of similar sentences – UN experts

28 January 2015 – The decision by El Salvador to pardon a woman convicted of aggravated homicide after suffering a miscarriage must “mark a turning point” for the authorities to review the sentences against all women jailed for pregnancy-related complications, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today.

FEATURE: Children’s struggles for education focus of award-winning film screened at UN

28 January 2015 – An encounter with three Kenyan children running to school through the savannah on a scorching hot, blindingly sunny early morning was the improbable inspiration for a documentary film that was screened at United Nations Headquarters in New York.