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UN rights chief calls for international probe into alleged violations in Yemen

25 August 2016 – Underlining the seriousness of alleged breaches of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in Yemen, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on the international community to establish an international, independent body to carry out comprehensive investigations in the country.


Increasingly complex armed conflicts have dire impact on children – UN envoy

24 August 2016 – The impact on children of the collective failure to prevent and end conflict is severe, with regions in turmoil and violations against children intensifying in a number of conflicts, the senior United Nations envoy on the subject said today, stressing that this situation stems directly from an erosion of respect for international humanitarian and human rights law by conflict parties.


More than three million displaced in Yemen – joint UN agency report

22 August 2016 – A joint report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has found that the conflict in Yemen has resulted in the displacement of some 3,154,572 people.


'We cannot and will not leave anyone behind,' says UN chief on World Humanitarian Day

19 August 2016 – With a record 130 million people worldwide dependent on humanitarian assistance, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that while solutions to complex crises may not be simple or quick, “there are things we can all do – we can show compassion, raise our voices against injustice, and work for change.”


Yemen: Ban again calls for end to hostilities as ground fighting, airstrikes escalate

17 August 2016 – Alarmed by escalating airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen and along the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border since, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon repeated his call on all the parties to the conflict to immediately cease all hostilities and for the Yemeni parties to return to the recently-ended direct talks facilitated by his envoy.


UN aid chief releases $50 million 'lifeline' in emergency funds for people in urgent need

16 August 2016 – The top United Nations relief official released today $50 million for severely underfunded aid operations in six neglected emergencies around the world from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which supports urgent, life-saving humanitarian responses.


Yemen: Ban condemns reported coalition airstrike on rural hospital that leaves 11 dead

16 August 2016 – Reiterating his call on all warring parties in Yemen to immediately implement the cessation of hostilities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the reported coalition airstrike yesterday on a hospital in the rural town of Hajjah that killed 11 people.


UN chief condemns attack on school in Yemen that killed at least 10 children

15 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attack, reportedly an airstrike, on a school in northern Yemen that killed at least 10 children and injured many more over the weekend.


‘A political solution is the only solution,’ UN says, as rising violence deepens crisis in Yemen

12 August 2016 – The United Nations today sounded the alarm over a spike in violence in crisis-torn Yemen, as the world body’s human rights wing reported the number of civilian casualties in the conflict has been “steadily mounting,” with some 815 casualties since April alone.


Children paying ‘heaviest price’ of Yemen conflict, UNICEF warns amid reports of escalating violence

09 August 2016 – Four children were reportedly killed and three were injured on 7 August in the Nihm District, east of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a statement today.