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Security Council has ‘obligation to act now’ to protect civilians from ISIL – UN rights expert

22 June 2015 – A United Nations expert appointed by the world body’s Geneva-based Human Rights Council appealed today for the Security Council to take immediate action to enforce international law and protect civilians living “in daily fear for their lives” in areas controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL) where “shocking crimes are being committed on an industrial scale.”


In the face of growing insecurity, Afghanistan still needs support, Security Council told

22 June 2015 – It is absolutely clear that Afghanistan continues to need the support of the international community, as well as the sustained attention of the Security Council, Nicholas Haysom, the head of the UN mission in the country said today, warning the Security Council that there is no room for “complacency.”


UN report cites possible war crimes by both Israel and Palestinian groups in 2014 Gaza conflict

22 June 2015 – A new report released by a United Nations investigative panel on the possible commission of war crimes in Gaza during the 2014 conflict between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the enclave, has gathered substantial information finding the allegations to be credible, the Organization’s human rights office announced today.


Adopting resolution, UN creates International Day against Sexual Violence in Conflict

19 June 2015 – In an effort to boost the global fight against the horrors faced by women and girls in zones of conflict worldwide, the United Nations General Assembly today approved by consensus a new resolution to commemorate 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.


UN cites strong concerns over Hungarian border fence plan that could deter refugees and asylum-seekers

19 June 2015 – Two United Nations agencies today expressed strong concerns over Hungary’s plans to build a four-metre high fence along its border with Serbia, with the UN refugee agency saying the wall will “be a further obstacle for people who have fled from war zones like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq and who desperately need safety and protection.”


FEATURE: Sold for a packet of cigarettes – UN envoy fights to help women suffering sexual violence in the Middle East

18 June 2015 – A young man wants to smoke a cigarette but does not have the money to buy a pack.

“He has a slave girl, he goes and sells her to another man, and he gets enough money for a pack of cigarettes. That’s it. She is the value of a pack of cigarettes,” said Zainab Bangura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.


Security Council condemns deadly terrorist attacks against mosques in Yemen

18 June 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms the “horrific” series of terrorist attacks on mosques which left dozens dead and wounded in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a.


Protecting children in war zones is a moral imperative and legal obligation, Security Council told

18 June 2015 – “A moral imperative and a legal obligation,” protecting children should never be jeopardized by national interests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, deploring that 2014 was one of the worst years in recent memory for children in countries affected by conflict.


As UN-backed talks continue, Security Council calls for political solution to Libyan crisis

17 June 2015 – The Security Council has emphasized the urgency for Libyan stakeholders to reach a political solution to the country’s crisis amid ongoing United Nations-facilitated talks.


South Sudan: amid ‘intensifying’ crisis, UN and European Union mobilize $275 million in aid

16 June 2015 – To tackle the humanitarian impact of the “relentlessly deteriorating” crisis in South Sudan, the European Union and the United Nations today announced that more than $275 million has been pledged in support of the victims in the country and the wider region.