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View of City of old Cairo, Egypt, during mid-morning rush hour. Photo: World Bank/Dominic Chavez
Egypt
Ban condemns deadly terrorist attack against police officers in Egypt
9 May 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the deadly terrorist attack in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, which reportedly killed eight police officers, his spokesperson said.

 
Former UN police officers with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (left) Kevin Curtis and (right) Vladimir Dzuro. UN Photo/Loey Felipe
crime
PODCAST: Hunting a war criminal from the former Yugoslavia
28 April 2016

Two policemen working for the United Nations in the 1990s who were tasked with tracking down alleged war criminals from the former Yugoslavia have been talking about the “horror stories” they heard from the families of victims.

 
Somali judicial officers walk into the Banaadir Court Complex in Mogadishu. UN Photo/Raymond Baguma
Somalia
Somalia: sexual violence must be subject to criminal justice, says UN expert
25 April 2016

A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Somalia to enhance the capacity of the judiciary and police force in handling cases of sexual and gender-based violence, and to prohibit the handling of such cases by traditional clan elders.

 
Ccile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Photo: OHCHR
malawi
Surge in mob killings in Malawi draws serious concern of UN human rights office
5 April 2016

The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern over the increased number of mob attacks in Malawi since the beginning of the year, in 2016 and called for Government agencies to support police and for the strengthening of the rule of law in the country to combat such violence.

 
People demonstrate in Bujumbura against a decision by Burundis ruling party to nominate President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term (April 2015). Photo: <a href=http://bit.ly/1zchm1g>Desire Nimubona/IRIN</a>
Burundi
Security Council requests options on deploying UN police in crisis-torn Burundi
1 April 2016

Paving the way for enhanced United Nations engagement in Burundi, the Security Council this evening requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to explore with the Government and regional actors options for a police deployment “to increase UN capacity to monitor the security situation, advance the rule of law and promote respect for human rights” in the country.

 
In November 2015, refugees and migrants protest border restrictions near the Greek town of Idomeni, close to the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII
protest
UN experts suggest ways to avoid human rights violations during public protests
9 March 2016

A new report presented today to the United Nations Human Rights Council offers recommendations on proper preparations and precautions to protect the rights of the demonstrators, bystanders and police during public gatherings.

 
Street scene in Tunisia. Photo: World Bank/Dana Smillie
tunisia
UN chief deplores terrorist attacks against security forces in Tunisia
7 March 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the terrorist attacks carried out today on police and army posts in the town of Ben Guerdane in Tunisia.

 
A female UN Police officer jokes around with a peacekeeping colleague at the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Credit: UN Photo/Olivier
violence against women
Ban calls for more female police in UN peace operations to combat violence against women
7 March 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Member States to contribute more female police, especially French-speaking women, to serve in UN peace operations.

 
A young child eats a sandwich next to the tarpaulin that serves as a makeshift shelter, close to the town of Gevgelija, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on the border with Greece (September 2015). Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-2191/Georgiev
Refugees
UN rights chief warns police agreement by five European countries will worsen refugee crisis
25 February 2016

The top United Nations human rights official expressed serious concern today over security measures adopted last week by the police chiefs of five European countries, which he warned are already negatively impacting the human rights of refugees and migrants in southern and central Europe and compounding the “already exceptionally difficult situation” in Greece.

 
A marketplace in Kampala, Uganda. Photo: World Bank/Arne Hoel
uganda
Uganda: UN concerned over arrests of opposition leaders, use of force since elections
23 February 2016

The United Nations human rights office expressed concern today over the “tense” post-election situation in Uganda, following reports that at least two people have been killed and an unknown number of people injured, heavy military and police forces deployed in the streets of Kampala, and the arrests of four opposition leaders since Thursday’s elections.

 

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