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37 stories found over the past 45 days
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).


UN concerned at broad application of death penalty in Brunei’s revised penal code

11 April 2014 – The United Nations human rights office today voiced deep concern about the revised penal code in Brunei Darussalam which stipulates the death penalty for numerous offences, including robbery, adultery, and insult or defamation of the Prophet Mohammed, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature.


Some 437,000 people murdered worldwide in 2012, UN crime agency reports

10 April 2014 – Almost half a million people across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, with the highest murder rates logged in the Americas and Africa, and the lowest in Europe, Asia and Oceania, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports.


Ongoing siege against civilians reveals Syrian parties contempt for human life UN official

10 April 2014 – Speaking out strongly against yesterdays deadly car bomb attacks on a busy shopping street in the Syrian city of Homs, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said such brutality serves to remind us again of the contempt the parties to this conflict show for human life.


Citing new report, UN urges DR Congo to end impunity for ‘widespread’ sexual violence

09 April 2014 – United Nations officials today called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to step up the fight against impunity for rape and sexual violence, which remain widespread and largely unpunished despite some progress in holding perpetrators accountable.


FEATURE: 'The ballot is the best weapon Afghan women have,' says UN

04 April 2014 – When you click on the official website of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan, the clock is literally ticking down to Saturday, 5 April – the day millions of Afghans will vote in landmark elections whose credibility rests on the full participation of women.


Encouraged by preparations for historic Afghan polls, Ban urges all citizens to vote

03 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is encouraged by the technical and security preparations and broad public engagement for Afghanistan’s upcoming elections and urged all of the country’s citizens to take part in the historic polls which will be held on Saturday.


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