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UN rights chief urges inquiry into violations by international forces in Central African Republic

31 May 2015 – The United Nations human rights chief has urged several States to intensify their efforts to investigate long-standing allegations that soldiers in their forces sent to keep the peace in the Central African Republic (CAR) may have committed very serious violations, including killing of civilians and sexual exploitation of local women.


Ramping up northern Mali relief efforts, UN agency aims to assist thousands newly displaced by violence

29 May 2015 – Across northern Mali, a flare-up in clashes between armed groups has spurred a renewed exodus of people fleeing the violence and their homes, the United Nations refugee agency said today, reporting difficulties in reaching the beleaguered populations with critical humanitarian aid.


South Sudan: UN officials call for international engagement to de-escalate country’s conflict

29 May 2015 – As South Sudan’s civil conflict continues to escalate, three senior United Nations officials have urged all stakeholders in the country to reach a sustainable solution to the crisis through inclusive dialogue and foster a lasting peace based on accountability and reconciliation.ed on accountability and reconciliation.


Top UN relief official urges Security Council to save Syria from ‘hopelessness and further despair’

28 May 2015 – The Security Council must set aside its political differences and come together to find a solution for the “intractable” and drawn-out Syrian conflict, the top United Nations humanitarian official urged today as she warned the 15-member body that the situation in the country was “extremely grave and deteriorating by the day.”


Dialogues needed to tackle violence against women, ‘accountability deficit’ in Sudan – UN expert

27 May 2015 – More open and constructive dialogues should be held among Sudanese stakeholders as a top priority to address ‘the silence and the denials’ of crimes against women, a United Nations human rights expert concluded after her recent mission to the country.


Condemning use of sexual violence, UN envoy warns Boko Haram aims to destroy family structures

27 May 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict has condemned Boko Haram militias in Nigeria for “waging war on women’s physical, sexual and reproductive autonomy and rights” by repeatedly raping their female captors and treating them as vessels for producing children for fighters.


Ban calls for postponement of Yemen consultations, urges 'soonest possible' return to dialogue

26 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested that his Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, postpone the planned consultations aimed at seeking a peaceful and Yemeni-led political transition process in the country, according to a United Nations spokesperson.


UN expert calls on Serbia to expedite legal measures amid housing crisis

26 May 2015 – Amid a range of structural challenges, including high unemployment and poverty, Serbia is now also facing a housing crisis which demands an immediate Government response, according to a United Nations independent human rights expert.


On Africa Day, UN chief spotlights continent’s achievements, reflects on challenges of 2015

25 May 2015 – Each year, Africa Day is an opportunity to celebrate the continent's achievements and to reflect on its challenges, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, highlighting the courage and determination it took to make remarkable progress to end the Ebola outbreak and urging leaders to commit to ending violence against women and empower them.