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UN peacekeepers in Liberia. Photo: UNMIL/Staton Winter
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Despite growing threats, UN peacekeepers worldwide remain dedicated to serve
28 May 2015

More than one million military, police and civilian personnel have served as United Nations peacekeepers over the years, and despite growing security threats and the sacrifices that come with being deployed in challenging environments, over 100,000 men and women continue to work for the cause of peace.

 
UN peacekeepers in Liberia. Photo: UNMIL/Staton Winter
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Security Council authorizes further downsizing of UN peacekeeping force in Liberia
2 April 2015

The United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution authorizing the third phase of a drawdown of the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia to 3,590 military personnel and 1,515 police personnel, and deciding that the Mission’s mandate would no longer include electoral support.

 
High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferr
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As police, protesters clash in Egypt, UN rights chief urges end to excessive use of force
27 January 2015

“Deeply disturbed” by the deaths resulting from recent clashes between security forces and protesters in Egypt, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has urged for an end to the excessive use of force, his spokesperson said today.

 
Police officers trying to maintain calm during demonstrations in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: MONUSCO
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DR Congo: UN Mission deplores loss of life as police, protesters clash in capital
20 January 2015

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today condemned the deaths and injuries that occurred when protests turned violent on Monday in the streets of the country’s capital, Kinshasa.

 
Pedestrians on a street in Sanaa, capital of Yemen. Photo: UNDP Yemen
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Yemen: Ban condemns deadly attack on police academy, calls for accountability
7 January 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned in the strongest terms today’s attack against a policy academy in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, and called for the perpetrators of the crime to be brought to justice.

 
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemns the appalling and cold-blooded crime committed by terrorists who attacked the French magazine <i>Charlie Hebdo</i>. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
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Ban outraged by 'horrendous and cold-blooded' attack on French magazine
7 January 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the appalling and “cold-blooded crime” committed by terrorists who attacked the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which news reports indicate killed 10 media workers and two police officers.

 
Protestors in New York City demonstrate in the wake of the verdict in the case of the police shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown (24 November 2014).  Photo: Jacques Baudrier
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Eric Garner, Michael Brown cases spark ‘legitimate concerns’ about US policing – UN experts
5 December 2014

Grand jury verdicts in the United States which resulted in the decisions to not bring to trial the cases of two unarmed African-American men killed by police forces have sparked “legitimate concerns” regarding policing practices across the country, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today.

 
Protestors in New York City demonstrate in the wake of the verdict in the case of the police shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown (24 November 2014).  Photo: Jacques Baudrier
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US should respond to public demands for greater police accountability – Ban
4 December 2014

In the wake of a grand jury decision in New York yesterday not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed man, in July, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the United States to do “anything possible to respond to demands of greater accountability.

 
Montagnard refugees in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo:  UNHCR/A. Wahjanto
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Cambodia: UN refugee agency voices concern over possible deportation of Montagnards
2 December 2014

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today that it is deeply concerned at reports that Cambodian police are seeking 13 Montagnards to deport to Viet Nam and urged the Government to refrain from the involuntary return of people.

 
Protestors gather in New York City to demonstrate against the police shooting of Michael Brown (August 2014). Photo: Loey Felipe
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UN rights chief concerned over 'disproportionate' killings of African-Americans by US police
25 November 2014

The decision by a Grand Jury in Missouri to absolve a police officer for the fatal shooting of an African-American teenager has spotlighted broader concerns about institutionalized discrimination across the United States, the top United Nations human rights official said today.

 

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