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Some 1,400 stuck at Hungarian-Serbian border amid dire conditions, UN refugee agency warns

15 July 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed deep concern about a new restrictive law at the Hungarian-Serbian border, and urged Hungarian authorities to investigate reports of abuse and violence in transit zones and bitten by unleashed police dogs.


South Sudan: UN supply warehouse looted; non-critical staff ordered to relocate

14 July 2016 – The United Nations today ordered the temporary relocation of some non-critical staff from Juba, South Sudan, due to the operational challenges caused by the recent fighting there.


South Sudan ceasefire ‘largely holding;’ UN urges safe passage for fleeing civilians

12 July 2016 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reported that the ceasefire in the crisis-gripped country appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire,” while the UN refugee agency has urged countries to keep their borders open for people fleeing tensions in Juba, where the human rights wings has warned the situation is “deteriorating rapidly.”


Security Council condemns fighting in Juba, demands South Sudan's leaders prevent spread of violence

10 July 2016 – Strongly condemning the escalating violence in and around the South Sudanese capital of Juba that began on 7 July, the United Nations Security Council today joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in calling for an end to the fighting, while separately demanding that President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Reik Machar do their utmost to control their respective forces.


Thousands fleeing violent clashes in Central African Republic – UN refugee agency

08 July 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today said that more than six thousand people from the Central African Republic (CAR) have fled into Chad and Cameroon to escape renewed tension and violent clashes since mid-June.


UN-backed meeting on forced displacement crisis in Central America urges regional responsibility-sharing

08 July 2016 – With people fleeing violence in Central America in numbers not seen in more than 30 years, representatives from Governments, international organizations and civil society gathered for a United Nations-backed event on the issue in San José, Costa Rica, and agreed to enhance access to asylum and increase regional responsibility-sharing.


UN rights chief deplores terrorist attack in Baghdad; calls on Iraqi authorities to protect civilians

05 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today deplored the terrorist bombing in Baghdad on Sunday that reportedly killed more than 150 people, calling on Iraqi authorities to do more to protect civilians as well as halt uncontrolled militias from continuing to take revenge on civilians fleeing towns recaptured from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh).


UN rights chief warns of violence re-escalating in Central African Republic

04 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today warned that the security and human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) may be starting to deteriorate again, after a series a major incidents in the capital of Bangui and rural areas.


FEATURE: Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover calls out racism, Afrophobia in the Americas

30 June 2016 – The international community must increase its commitment to fighting Afrophobia and discrimination against people of African descent, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and actor Danny Glover has said, speaking during the International Decade for People of African Descent.


Security Council extends mandates of UN peacekeeping operations in Darfur, Golan and Mali

29 June 2016 – The Security Council took action today on three United Nations-led peacekeeping operations, extending the mandates of operations in Mali, Darfur, and the Golan Heights.