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UN calls for urgent response to help thousands in northern Iraq displaced by militants' advance

07 August 2014 – As Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists continue to overrun areas of northern Iraq, the United Nations has begun coordinating humanitarian assistance for displaced vulnerable ethnic and religious minorities, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the international community to support Iraq and help the Government alleviate the suffering of all those impacted by the spiralling violence.

DR Congo: despite improved security, situation remains ‘fragile,’ UN envoys warn

07 August 2014 – Two senior UN officials warned today that although the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has vastly improved since this time last year, it remains fragile and the gains are “not irreversible.”

Briefing UN Assembly, Ban urges political talks to end ‘senseless cycle of suffering’ in Gaza

06 August 2014 – As the temporary ceasefire continues to hold in Gaza, senior United Nations officials today urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, and called on the 193 Member States to respond to calls for emergency humanitarian funding.

Japan’s stance on ‘comfort women’ issue violates victims’ rights – UN official

06 August 2014 – The United Nations human rights chief today expressed profound regret that Japan has not provided effective redress to victims of wartime sexual slavery leading back to the end of the Second World War.

Tragic past of Hiroshima atomic bombing must inspire future free of nuclear weapons – Ban

06 August 2014 – Remembering all those who died in the bombing of Hiroshima and, later, Nagasaki, some 69 years ago, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the atrocious memories of that tragedy must inspire new generations to work towards a world free of nuclear weapons.

Iraq: UN expresses ‘extreme concern’ as Sinjar violence reportedly claims lives of 40 children

05 August 2014 – The United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) expressed “extreme concern” today over reports that some 40 children from northern Iraq’s Yazidi minority group died as a result of the violence being carried out in the Sinjar region by militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other armed groups.

UN rights office urges probe of alleged torture of ‘Red Shirt’ activist

05 August 2014 – The United Nations human rights office today called for an independent investigation into the alleged torture of Kritsuda Khunasen, a Thai student activist who was working for a key member of the “Red Shirts” group when she was detained and held in custody for nearly a month.