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Myanmar ‘needs urgently to get back on track’ – UN rights chief

25 February 2015 – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, today warned that Myanmar “seems headed in the wrong direction and needs urgently to get back on track” in a crucial year for the country's democratic transition and long-term reconciliation.


South Sudan gripped by ‘serious failure of leadership’ as peace talks stall, warns top UN official

24 February 2015 – Amid a worsening humanitarian situation and a fragile security environment, the continuing tensions between South Sudan’s rival factions risk plunging the country into further violence, the top United Nations peacekeeping official warned today.


Ban meets Ukrainian minister, discusses conflict, Minsk accord

24 February 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General met yesterday in New York with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, to discuss the conflict in the east of that country.


UN chief discusses Ukraine, other key issues with senior regional officials

23 February 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today with the Foreign Minister of Russia to discuss among other issues, the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, expressing his expectation that all concerned parties would live up to their commitments to the truce agreed in Minsk on 12 February.


Iraq: UN documents rights violations of increasingly sectarian nature

23 February 2015 – A United Nations report released today details widespread human rights violations of an increasingly sectarian nature in Iraq, as well as a deterioration of the rule of law in large parts of the embattled country.


At regional conference, Ban spotlights role of United States, its youth in UN’s success

20 February 2015 – The United States and its young people, in particular, are essential to the success of the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said today in his remarks to the UN Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) Members Day gathering at Headquarters.


Rights of people with disabilities cannot be ignored in development agenda, UN experts

20 February 2015 – “One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – are persons with disabilities, and their rights cannot be ignored,” a group of United Nations human rights experts said today, as they urged negotiators and UN Member States to include rights of such persons in the new development framework.


In call with senior Ukrainian official, Ban expresses hope that ceasefire takes hold

20 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke by telephone with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, voicing his concern at the “still dangerous” situation on the ground and expressing hope that the ceasefire agreed to on 12 February in Minsk firmly takes hold across the region.


UN rights experts describe ‘unconscionable’ suffering of Syrians in four-year conflict

20 February 2015 – Four United Nations human rights experts briefed the Security Council today on a new report into human rights and humanitarian law violations in Syria since the uprising in the country began, saying unthinkable crimes continue occurring daily, with victims' voices in danger of being lost amid the horrors of the conflict.


UN rights office deplores racist incident in build-up to European football match

20 February 2015 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has strongly condemned the racist behaviour exhibited by fans of the English football club, Chelsea, during the lead-up to a European match in Paris, France, and urged authorities to “re-energize” their efforts in combatting intolerance.