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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.


Security Council condemns ‘heinous’ bomb attacks in Libya

21 February 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned yesterday's deadly bomb attacks in al-Qubbah, Libya, claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known by its Arabic acronym, Da'esh.


Libya: UN condemns latest ‘cowardly’ terror attack, urges political unity

20 February 2015 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly deplored a string of suicide car bombings that struck the eastern city of Al-Qubbah in the latest terror attack to afflict the war-torn country.


Preventing violent extremism, promoting human rights go hand-in-hand, Ban tells Washington summit

19 February 2015 – In Washington D.C. for a summit hosted by the United States on countering violent extremism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon today warned leaders against “discarding our moral compass” and giving into fear, as he called for “cool heads and common sense” to deal with what may very well be “the greatest test our human family faces in the 21st century.”


With Libya in ‘imminent danger,’ UN envoy urges support for push to end political, security crisis

18 February 2015 – Recent savage terrorist acts – culminating in the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians – highlight the “imminent danger” confronting Libya, its people and the wider region, the United Nations envoy to the country warned today, urging swift agreement among the main parties on resolving the crisis and ending the military and political conflict.


UN envoy sees ‘glimmer of hope’ as Syria indicates willingness to ‘freeze’ Aleppo fighting

18 February 2015 – The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, sees a “glimmer of hope” for his proposed ‘freeze’ of localized hostilities in the city of Aleppo amid continuing fighting throughout the Middle Eastern country between Government forces and entrenched rebels.


Most pressing goal for Iraq remains defeating ISIL, says outgoing UN envoy

17 February 2015 – Delivering his final briefing as the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov today stressed to the Security Council the optimism he feels for the country’s future, while tempering those hopes with fear over the many things that can go wrong.


UN rights chief condemns murder of 21 Christians in Libya, urges rejection of ‘takfiri groups’

17 February 2015 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has said today that the beheading of 21 Christian men in Libya was a “vile crime targeting people on the basis of their religion” and urged Libyans to unite against extremists.


Security Council, Ban condemn ISIL murder of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya

16 February 2015 – Strongly condemning the killing of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya by an affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council deplored the targeting of persons based on religious affiliation, while also urging Libyan parties to press ahead with their political dialogue.


UN chief calls for tolerance, acceptance after three Muslims Americans shot in North Carolina

13 February 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his “deepest condolences” to the families of three Muslim Americans who were killed in the state of North Carolina earlier this week, a UN spokesperson confirmed today.