News by region: Middle East


UN rights experts urge Iran to immediately release British-Iranian citizen after fresh charges

20 October – United Nations human rights experts have appealed to Iran to immediately release a jailed British-Iranian citizen, who is now facing fresh charges, and expressed “grave” concerns for her welfare.


Watchful of the situation in Raqqa, Syria, UN chief urges need to revive political process

19 October – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is urging all sides involved in the fight for Raqqa, Syria, to protect civilians, abide with international law, and allow humanitarian access to those in need.


Iraq: Security Council voices concern over reported violence in Kirkuk

18 October – The Security Council on Wednesday expressed concern over recent reports of violence near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.


With ‘cautious optimism,’ UN political official reports positive developments on Middle East peace

18 October – A senior United Nations political affairs official on Wednesday highlighted at the Security Council some positive developments on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, particulalry on intra-Palestinian reconciliation efforts.


Iran: UN rights experts urge country to halt imminent execution of juvenile Amirhossein Pourjafar

18 October – United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday urgently appealed to Iran to halt tomorrow’s execution of Amirhossein Pourjafar, who was sentenced to death when he was 16 years old.


Yemen: UNICEF warns conflict shutters one in 10 schools; teachers unpaid for a year

18 October – The conflict in Yemen – now into its third year – continues to take a toll on millions of children, with their education now under threat, adding to an already long list of bitter hardships including malnutrition, displacement and violence, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.


UN envoy discusses implementation of intra-Palestinian agreement with Prime Minister Hamdallah

16 October – Meeting the Palestinian Prime Minister today, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, and discussed the implementation of the intra-Palestinian agreement signed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on 12 October.


UN chief strongly hopes 'breakthrough' accord on Iran's nuclear programme remains in place

13 October – The United Nations Spokesman on Friday said Secretary-General António Guterres sees the adoption of the 2015 accord reached between Iran and a group of six countries on monitoring Iran's nuclear programme as an important breakthrough to consolidate global peace and security.


Civilians who fled Mosul still vulnerable, need assistance – UN official

13 October – One year since the start of the military campaign to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator said hundreds of thousands of people are vulnerable and still need assistance.


In phone call, UN chief offers congratulations and support to Palestinian President

12 October – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated by phone Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, on the intra-Palestinian agreement, signed earlier Thursday in Cairo.