News by region: Europe


Greece facing ‘serious challenges,’ needs EU help to manage refugee crisis – UN agency chief

26 August – Greece still faces great challenges in managing its refugee crisis, particularly if European Union countries do not step up their relocation and family reunion programmes, the head of the United Nations refugee agency said during a recent visit to the country.


Situation in Kosovo more stable, but underlying tensions remain – UN envoy

25 August – Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo Zahir Tanin told the United Nations Security Council today that while opposition parties in Kosovo continue to try to generate, exploit and, if possible, prolong moments of ‘crisis,’ they appear to have become aware that the use of violence is counterproductive to their objective of gaining more political influence.


Security Council condemns recent terrorist attack in Turkey

23 August – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” terrorist attack at a wedding ceremony in the city of Gaziantep in Turkey on 20 August, during which at least 54 people were killed and over 200 injured.


Turkey: UN chief condemns terrorist attack on wedding party that kills at least 50 people

21 August – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned yesterday's terrorist attack on a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep – an act that was reportedly carried out by a suicide bomber and killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens of others.


UN experts press Turkey to adhere to human rights obligations despite state of emergency

19 August – United Nations human rights experts today urged Turkey to uphold its obligations under international human rights law despite the attempted mid-July coup and during the subsequent state of emergency.


UN combats spread of cattle disease in Europe through early-detection training

15 August – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today started a programme to train European laboratory staff on how to use nuclear-derived techniques to detect lumpy skin disease – a highly infectious cowpox virus spreading across the continent.


UN rights chief sees ‘worrying signs’ in Bulgaria’s detention regime for migrants

11 August – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today expressed serious concern that virtually all people entering Bulgaria in an “irregular manner” are subjected to detention, and that they could be prosecuted and even jailed if they try to leave, “placing many of them in an invidious Catch-22 situation.”


UN convoys reach thousands affected by conflict in eastern Ukraine

5 August – For the first time in five months, convoys from the United Nations refugee agency have reached non-Government controlled areas in Luhansk, in the easternmost part of Ukraine, carrying much- needed construction materials, kitchen sets and items for use in winter for thousands of people affected by the conflict.


UN warns of escalating tension in eastern Ukraine as casualties hit highest since last August

3 August – Civilian causalities in eastern Ukraine spiked in June and July, prompting the United Nations human rights chief to call on the parties to the conflict to make protection of civilians a priority and take urgent steps to de-escalate the increasingly tense situation at the contact line.


UN and OSCE experts condemn Turkey’s crackdown on media

28 July – Two top media freedom experts of the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) today condemned the ongoing crackdown on journalists and the media by the Government of Turkey in the wake of the recent attempted coup.