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137 stories found over the past 45 days
UN report urges Somalia to ensure freedom of expression as it is critical to political transition

04 September 2016 – A United Nations report on freedom of expression in Somalia released today describes progress in state-building in Somalia, but shows the very challenging environment that continues to confront journalists, human rights defenders and political leaders, including numerous killings, arrests, intimidation and closure of critical media outlets.


In first visit to Sri Lanka since end of war, Ban flags role of human rights and sustainable development on path to stability

02 September 2016 – In his first visit to Sri Lanka since the end of its civil war seven years ago, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the country’s steps towards peace and reconciliation, while also highlighting the importance of and need for more progress with human rights and sustainable development for that progress.


UN Security Council arrives in South Sudan, aims to 'move the ball' on country's stability

02 September 2016 – A delegation from the United Nations Security Council today arrived in South Sudan, where it will reinforce recent messages made to the authorities as well as discuss how the UN peacekeeping mission there can help them improve the security and humanitarian situation in the wake of recent violence.


Mozambique: UN expert warns masterminds of attacks against persons with albinism still at large

02 September 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today said that despite all the success in tackling crimes against persons with albinism in Mozambique, their situation remains precarious as the authorities have yet to identify and arrest the masterminds behind such crimes.


UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack against Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan

02 September 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent terrorist bomb attack against the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, which caused injuries of Embassy staff, stressing that diplomatic and consular premises must not be violated.


INTERVIEW: Upcoming visit a chance for Security Council to see, firsthand, challenges facing people of South Sudan

01 September 2016 – A delegation from the United Nations Security Council is expected to visit South Sudan this week.


UN’s top relief official: World body is impartial in its humanitarian work in Syria as it is elsewhere

01 September 2016 – The top United Nations relief official today outlined how the humanitarian work of the world body in war-torn Syria is guided by impartiality and the key imperative of saving lives.


UN Secretary-General calls for restraint amid electoral crisis in Gabon, supports call for transparent verification of results

01 September 2016 – Voicing deep concerns about the unfolding electoral crisis in Gabon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for restraint and the upholding of international standards of human rights there – and expressed UN support for a transparent verification of its recent presidential election results.


Inclusive education vital for all, including persons with disabilities – UN rights experts

01 September 2016 – Inclusive education is central to achieving high quality education for all learners, including those with disabilities, and for the development of inclusive, peaceful and fair societies, UN human rights experts have said in authoritative new guidelines on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


UN envoy tells Security Council that military escalation in Yemen aiding spread of terrorist groups

31 August 2016 – The United Nations envoy for Yemen told the Security Council today that the military escalation in Yemen will provide opportunities for the spread of terrorist groups, as Al Qaida and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continue to wreak havoc in many parts of Yemen.