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47 stories found over the past 45 days
UN urges greater action to combat sexual violence in 21 conflict countries

24 April 2014 – Despite unprecedented political momentum to fight rape in war zones, sexual violence remains a global crime affecting women, men and children in more than 20 countries, a senior United Nations official announced today urging greater action at the regional and national levels.


Darfur: UN official urges support for peace process amid unfolding ‘new dynamics’

24 April 2014 – Stepped-up rebel attacks, clashes fuelled by local political rivalries, and mass displacement sparked by the abuses of a pro-Government militia have again left long-troubled Darfur at a crossroads, said the United Nations peacekeeping chief today, appealing to the Security Council and its African Union (AU) counterpart for political support to move the warring factions towards lasting peace.


UN Mission in South Sudan condemns attack on barge convoy carrying aid supplies

24 April 2014 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has strongly condemned today’s attack on a convoy of barges delivering urgently needed food and fuel supplies to its base in Malakal in Upper Nile state.


South Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief says attack on base sheltering civilians 'sets dangerous precedent'

23 April 2014 – Warning today that the surging violence in South Sudan is clear evidence that the United Nations can no longer operate in “business-as-usual” mode in the county, the Organization's peacekeeping chief declared that the fighting must stop immediately; the Government has a duty to protect civilians; and the warring parties should negotiate a genuine ceasefire that will be respected by all sides.


South Sudan: UN says surging violence claimed lives of children, worsened malnutrition among survivors

22 April 2014 – Confirming that children were killed in South Sudan during recent brutal attacks on displaced civilians or as a result of being recruited by armed groups, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today that the surging violence is exacerbating an already “very dangerous” malnutrition crisis.


UN mission in South Sudan condemns ethnic killings in Bentiu

21 April 2014 – Opposition forces in South Sudan killed “hundreds of South Sudanese and foreign civilians” after determining their ethnicity or nationality when they captured Bentiu last week, the United Nations confirmed today, calling for an immediate stop to the targeting of “innocent, unarmed” civilians.


Security Council voices outrage at latest attacks against civilians, UN in South Sudan

18 April 2014 – The Security Council on Friday voiced its outrage at the recent attacks by armed groups in South Sudan that have purposefully targeted civilians as well as the United Nations peacekeeping mission sites and personnel.


South Sudan: Ban ‘strongly condemns’ attack on UN mission base in Jonglei state

17 April 2014 – Amid escalating violence in northern and central South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today’s attack on civilians and peacekeepers at the UN mission base in Bor, the war-torn capital of Jonglei state, by a mob of armed civilians who forced their way into the facility and opened fire on displaced persons sheltering inside.


South Sudan: number of civilians protected at UN peacekeeping bases is ‘swelling’

16 April 2014 – Spiraling violence has forced an increasing number of civilians in South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity state are seeking refuge with the United Nations peacekeeping mission, it was confirmed today.


Rwandan genocide: Security Council told failure of political will led to ‘cascade of human tragedy’

16 April 2014 – The Security Council today marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by calling on all countries to recommit to prevent and fight such serious crimes, as a senior United Nations official warned that many of today’s conflicts reveal that protection of populations from atrocities remains “lagging and elusive.”


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