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Security Council says process to ensure free, fair elections in Burundi requires ‘sustained attention’

18 February 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today urged the Government of Burundi to establish a climate of freedom and openness conducive to the holding of elections later this year and expressed concern about reports of intimidation, harassment, arbitrary detention and other curtailments to the enjoyment of the rights of freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.


UN mission chief welcomes commitment to ensure accountability for sexual violence in South Sudan

18 February 2015 – Any peace agreement reached to end the conflict in South Sudan should reflect the commitments made at the end of 2014 to ensure accountability for sexual violence crimes, the UN Secretary-General’s Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict said today.


In Afghanistan’s deadliest year, civilian casualties top 10,000 in 2014 – UN

18 February 2015 – Civilian casualties in Afghanistan topped 10,000 in 2014, a 22 per cent increase compared to the past year, reflecting increased ground battles between armed groups and the Government, and a drastic drawdown of Western troop presence in the country, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today.


UN officials deplore ‘horrendous’ murder of woman in Turkey

17 February 2015 – Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights and can only be put to an end by addressing its root causes, two UN officials declared today as they condemned the attempted rape and brutal murder of a young Turkish woman which has sparked widespread protests throughout the country.


Amid rising insecurity in Cameroon, senior UN relief official calls for ‘beefed up’ civilian protection

17 February 2015 – Concluding a seven-day visit to Central Africa, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs today called international support ‘pivotal’ in preventing further destabilization of the region, particularly Cameroon, where more than two million people are already in need of aid.


Yemen: amid continuing instability, UN food agency urges increased humanitarian support

17 February 2015 – As political uncertainty and violent clashes continue to keep Yemen in the grip of instability, the country's food situation is becoming increasingly insecure, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today, as the agency announced its determination to continue critical humanitarian relief operations across the country.


Senior UN, European Union relief officials urge protection for vulnerable people in Central African Republic

15 February 2015 – While a major scaling up of humanitarian action over the past year meant that “the worst has been avoided” in Central African Republic, senior United Nations and European Union relief officials in the region today stressed that needs are still extremely high and much remains to be done to ease the “appalling” suffering faced by the country's people.


Ending exclusion, empowering youth key to bridging social divide in Central African Republic – UN

11 February 2015 – Grass-roots involvement and inclusion, especially of youth, is vital to rebuild war-torn Central African Republic (CAR), where unemployment is running at over 20 per cent, and more than 60 per cent of young people are living in extreme poverty, the top United Nations official responsible for Africa at the Organization’s development agency has stressed.


New UN rights report depicts ‘turmoil, lawlessness’ in Libya

10 February 2015 – A report produced jointly by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) “paints a bleak picture” of the human rights situation in the country during 2014, the High Commissioner’s spokesperson said today in Geneva.


UN rights report points to ‘increasing regularity’ of attacks on girls seeking education

09 February 2015 – A new United Nations human rights report seeking to analyse the problem of attacks against girls trying to access education found that schools in at least 70 different countries were attacked in the five years between 2009 and 2014, with many attacks specifically targeting girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education.