News by region: Europe


‘Extremely serious’ situation for over a million children in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine – UN

19 December – In eastern Ukraine, the situation remains ‘extremely serious’ for more than 1.7 million children affected by the escalating crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today as it appealed for funds to continue its humanitarian response in the country.


During Ukraine visit, senior UN official pledges broad support for Government

17 December – The top United Nations political official today voiced the Organization’s “unwavering commitment” in helping Ukraine address the range of political, humanitarian, security and development challenges it continues to face amid ongoing fighting in the country’s east.


Netherlands politicians ‘trying to score political points at expense of homeless migrants’ – UN experts

16 December – In the Netherlands, assisting migrants living on the streets is not a matter of charity but rather an obligation of the Government, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today as they urged Dutch authorities to immediately provide irregular migrants with “bed, bath and bread”.


Amid ongoing hostilities, UN warns of ‘life-threatening’ conditions for Ukraine’s civilians

15 December – As the conflict in eastern Ukraine heads into its tenth month, continued fighting and bitter cold temperatures are placing more than five million people at risk, the top United Nations human rights official warned today as he described conditions for those still living in conflict-affected areas as becoming “increasingly dire.”


Greece: UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack on Israel embassy

14 December – The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the 12 December terrorist attack on the Israeli Embassy in Athens, Greece, underscoring the continuing threat posed by terrorism to global peace and security.


‘Things are about to change,’ UN expert urges Malta to prepare for migrants

10 December – Malta, a key entry point into Europe, needs to step up its preparation for migrants and asylum-seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea and arriving at its external borders, United Nations human rights expert François Crépeau warned today.


UN experts urge Sweden to intensify fight against discrimination of people of African descent

8 December – The Government of Sweden must do more to end discrimination against people of African descent and increase integration as part of a wider effort in combatting racism and hate speech, a group of United Nations human rights experts urged today following their visit to the European nation.


Half a million displaced in eastern Ukraine as winter looms, warns UN refugee agency

5 December – The fighting in eastern Ukraine this year has internally displaced over half a million people leaving them vulnerable to the harsh winter months ahead, the United Nations Refugee (UNHCR) warned today as aid workers race against the clock to distribute essential cold-weather supplies.


‘Turning blind eye not a solution’ to Mediterranean migrant crisis – UN rights expert

5 December – The rise of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea in the last few months has resulted in a global crisis that calls for a global humanitarian response, a United Nations human rights expert urged today.


Ban condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Grozny

4 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned last night’s terrorist attacks in Grozny, Russia, reiterating that there can be no justification for acts of terror.