News by region: Europe


Security Council fails to adopt proposal to create tribunal on crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17

29 July – The United Nations Security Council was unable to adopt a new resolution today following Russia’s negative vote on a measure that would have established an international tribunal to prosecute persons responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine.


UN mission in Cyprus renewed for six months by Security Council

29 July – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for six months, until 31 January 2016, and welcomed resumed negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to reach a comprehensive settlement.


Parties continue to make progress towards ‘shared vision’ of united Cyprus, UN envoy says

27 July – The positive and results-oriented climate of the talks between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders continues to foster the progress required towards conclusion of a settlement as soon as possible, the United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, confirmed today.


Despite economic crisis, Greece must take robust action to address refugee situation – UN agency

24 July – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed great apprehension over the refugee situation in Greece – where more than 100,000 people have sought shelter so far in 2015 – saying that notwithstanding its difficulties, Greece, with assistance from wider Europe, has a duty to assist them.


One year after tragedy, Ban pays tribute to victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

17 July – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid today tribute to the victims who lost their lives a year ago aboard the "tragic" Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine.


South Ossetia: Ban calls on all parties to refrain from any steps that could be seen as 'provocative'

17 July – Concerned by the recent events at the line of control of South Ossetia, in Georgia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concerns regarding activities that may negatively impact the freedom of movement and livelihood of the local population


As Europe confronts Greek debt crisis, UN expert says new measures must not lose sight of human rights

15 July – The implementation of new austerity measures in Greece amid the country’s deteriorating economic crisis must not come at a cost to human rights, a United Nations expert warned today as he urged international institutions and the Greek Government to make “fully informed decisions” before adopting additional reforms.


Ukraine: UNICEF appeals for help to restore damaged water facilities for 1.3 million people

14 July – With only 60 per cent of the pre-conflict water supply capacities still functioning in Ukraine, some 1.3 million people are struggling to cope with a “serious water crisis” because of damaged or destroyed water lines, forcing many families to travel with buckets to working wells in neighbouring villages, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.


Turkish authorities urged to tackle anti-LGBT violence and discrimination – UN rights office

14 July – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed deep concern over attacks and incitement to violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Turkey and has called on the authorities to take active measures to combat homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, a UN spokesperson said today.


At Srebrenica memorial, UN Deputy Secretary-General urges action against future atrocities

11 July – The international community has grown ever more vigilant to the warning signs of human rights abuses since the days of the tragic Srebrenica massacre 20 years ago but much more still remains to be done, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared today.