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34 stories found over the past 45 days
In Nigeria's restive northeast, fate of thousands of abducted women remains unknown – UN

14 April 2016 – The plight of 219 Chibok schoolgirls abducted two years ago is all too common in Nigeria's conflict-affected north-eastern communities, and up to 7,000 women and girls might be living in abduction and sex slavery, senior United Nations officials warned today.


UN agency urges parties to ensure rights of people displaced amid violence in eastern DR Congo

14 April 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency has expressed concern about the welfare of tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who have been driven out of host sites due to fresh fighting between the Congolese army and rebel forces.


‘We cannot forget the girls from Chibok’ – UN child rights envoy

13 April 2016 – Marking two years since Boko Haram abducted 276 girls in Nigeria, a United Nations child rights envoy reiterated a call to bring them back, stressing that the international community must “be their voice” and help give children of Nigeria and the region the peaceful, stable lives they deserve.


Nigeria: UN human rights experts call for progress in abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok

12 April 2016 – TAhead of the second anniversary of the abduction of 200 schoolgirls in the town of Chibok in Nigeria, a group of United Nations and African human rights experts today appealed to Boko Haram to immediately reveal the location of the girls, and urged the Government of Nigeria to escalate its efforts to free all civilians kidnaped by the group.


UN experts urges Honduras to end impunity in murder of human rights defender

11 April 2016 – More than a month after the killing of Berta Cáceres, a female human rights defender, eight United Nations experts have jointly reiterated their appeal to the Government of Honduras to provide justice and reveal the truth in her murder, and to ensure the security and protection of all people defending the environment and human rights in the country.


Yemen: UN official expresses hope warring parties abide by cessation of hostilities

09 April 2016 – Ahead of a cessation of hostilities set to start on 10 April, the senior United Nations relief official for Yemen today expressed hope that all parties to the conflict in that country abide by the ceasefire agreement, noting that only a political solution can bring the lasting peace Yemenis deserve and are demanding.


Greece: UN agency urges full hearings for stranded refugee and migrant children

08 April 2016 – With the process of returning refugees and migrants from the Greek islands to Turkey underway as part of a European Union-Turkey agreement, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is reminding States of their duty to care and protect all children and give them a full and fair hearing when deciding on their future.


Selecting a new UN Secretary-General: a job interview in front of the whole world

08 April 2016 – The selection process for a new United Nations Secretary-General, traditionally decided behind closed-doors by a few powerful countries, will for the first time in history involve public discussions with each candidate campaigning for the world’s top diplomatic post.


UN refugee agency warns of spike in asylum-seekers fleeing violence in Central America

05 April 2016 – The number of people fleeing violence in Central America has surged to levels not seen since the region was wracked by armed conflicts in the 1980s, the UN refugee agency warned today, urging action to ensure that unaccompanied children and others receive the protection which they are entitled to.


Mine action an ‘investment in humanity,’ says Ban, calling for a world free of explosive remnants of war

04 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki moon today called for a world free of the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war, stressing that those hazards prevent aid from reaching those in need, and endanger the lives of the displaced persons returning home and children going to school.