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38 stories found over the past 45 days
UN welcomes 'historic' guilty verdict against Radovan Karadžić

24 March 2016 – Calling today “historic” for the people of former Yugoslavia and for international criminal justice, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed support for the victims who suffered under former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić, following his guilty verdict by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

UN rights chief urges Egypt to halt 'clampdown' on civil society groups

24 March 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief has expressed grave concern over the closure of hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt and the prosecutions of numerous rights defenders for their legitimate work since November 2014, urging the Government to end such repressive measures.

Senior UN official warns of dire consequences for millions of Iraqis due to funding shortfalls

23 March 2016 – Returning from a visit to Iraq, a senior United Nations relief official today drew attention to the worsening situation for more than 10 million people in need, and to the urgency to mobilize more funding for the humanitarian response.

Inclusive approach needed to embrace religious diversity in Denmark – UN expert

22 March 2016 – While appraising Denmark as a liberal country that values and respects freedom and religion, an independent United Nations human rights expert today also addressed challenges Danish society faces, especially towards “an open, inclusive” identity and religious diversity.

Ukraine: UN experts urge accountability for human rights violations by foreign fighters

22 March 2016 – Today in Geneva, the United Nations Working Group on mercenaries called on the Government of Ukraine to ensure accountability for human rights violations committed by foreign armed actors during the conflict that has plagued the country since 2014.

UN strongly condemns terrorist bombings in Brussels as 'an attack on us all'

22 March 2016 – Senior United Nations officials have strongly condemned today's terrorist bombings in Brussels, extending condolences to the victims and their families while expressing solidarity with the people and Government of Belgium.

Senior UN official condemns arson attack in occupied West Bank

21 March 2016 – A senior United Nations official has condemned an arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists on the home of a Palestinian family in the occupied West Bank village of Duma.

Political transition 'mother of all issues' for Syria talks – UN mediator

21 March 2016 – The UN mediator for the intra-Syrian talks said today that political transition is the “mother of all issues” in the ongoing peace negotiations involving the Government and the opposition.