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ISIL may have committed genocide, war crimes in Iraq, says UN human rights report

19 March 2015 – A report released today by the United Nations human rights office says that the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in its attacks against ethnic and religious groups in the country.


UN envoy Gordon Brown makes ‘plea from the heart’ to end child rights abuses, promote safe schools

18 March 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, called today for “fundamental changes” to strengthen the global commitment to defending the rights of schoolgirls and boys, as he said that 2015 should be the year to end violations of children’s rights.


UN chief urges more global support to resolve Libya crisis as he meets with Italian leaders

18 March 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of international support as the United Nations seeks to promote dialogue to resolve the crisis in Libya, as he met with senior Italian officials in Rome.


UN agency boosts food security efforts in countries affected by Syria crisis

17 March 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced a scale-up in its support to Jordan and other countries in the Middle East affected by the humanitarian crisis in Syria that has entered its fifth year.


Citing need to break ‘cycle of impunity,’ UN panel urges referral of Syria to ICC

17 March 2015 – A culture of impunity continues to flourish inside Syria amid a conflict that has generated over four million refugees and hundreds of thousands of dead, the head of a United Nations-mandated Commission of Inquiry said today, urging the international community to step up efforts in bringing the four-year-long war to a close.


‘Health at very center of disaster risk reduction,’ say UN agency officials in Sendai

15 March 2015 – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, powerful storms in the Asia-Pacific region and ongoing conflicts in Syria and elsewhere are all stark reminders that health and stronger health system capacities must be central to the new framework for managing disaster risk currently being discussed in Sendai, Japan, senior United Nations health agency officials emphasized today.