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42 stories found over the past 45 days
UN-Arab League Envoy urges fresh talks with besieged Syrians, authorities

17 April 2014 – Regretting the abrupt halt in talks between the Syrian authorities and the negotiating committee representing civilians and fighters trapped in the Old City of Homs, United Nations-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi today urged all the parties to return to the negotiating table and complete the deal that had been on the verge of being signed.


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.


UN and partners seek emergency funds to aid civilians fleeing Central African Republic

16 April 2014 – United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partners today launched a joint appeal to donors to fund emergency operations in support of the growing number of people who have been fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) since last December.


UN rights expert urges United Kingdom to step up response to violence against women

16 April 2014 – Violence against women remains a pervasive challenge in the United Kingdom and a more comprehensive and targeted response is needed to address the scourge, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today after a two-week mission to the country.


South Sudan: UN official calls ongoing violence ‘an outrage’ to country’s people

15 April 2014 – The number of people seeking shelter at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in the Unity state capital, Bentiu, has doubled over the past few days, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said in Juba today.


Iran: UN rights expert urges immediate halt to woman’s execution

14 April 2014 – A United Nations independent expert has issued a strong call on the Government of Iran to halt tomorrow’s scheduled execution of an Iranian woman said to be the victim of physical and sexual assault, seriously concerned that she did not receive a fair trial.


World must help people of Central African Republic ‘not tomorrow – today,’ declares UN chief

14 April 2014 – More than 70,000 people are now living in horrendous conditions crammed into the Central African Republic (CAR) Bangui airport – the lucky ones under weather-beaten tarps just yards from the runway. Others are in the open.


UN rights chief condemns rampant use of torture by Syrian forces, opposition groups

14 April 2014 – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the rampant use of torture, including allegedly of children, in detention facilities across Syria by Government forces and some armed opposition groups.


Amid rise in Mediterranean crossings, UN urges solutions for refugees seeking safety

11 April 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency today stressed the need to find durable solutions for those making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean, as it reported that the Italian navy had rescued some 6,000 people who had set out from Libya in overcrowded boats over the past four days alone.


Central African refugees attacked as they flee to Cameroon – UN agency

11 April 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency said today it is extremely concerned by reports that anti-Balaka militiamen are blocking and attacking civilians trying to flee violence in the Central African Republic (CAR).