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Attacks by anti-Balaka and ex-Slka rebels have led to serious human rights violations and large internal displacement in the Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: OCHA/D. Schreiber
Stepped-up attacks in Central African Republic prompt UN call for more peacekeepers
1 April 2014

With the Central African Republic (CAR) capital of Bangui having relapsed into wider violence, the United Nations human rights office today urged States to support the world body’s appeal for thousands more peacekeepers and police.

UN Photo/Martine Perret
Burundi: UN chief urges restraint following clashes between police, opposition parties
14 March 2014

Deeply concerned about violent confrontations between the police and members of opposition in Burundi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging both the government and political parties to de-escalate tensions and to campaign against political violence ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2015.

Family poultry production is an important component of the livelihoods of many small farmers in developing countries. Photo: FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri
Pro-family farming policies key in anti-hunger fight, UN officials tell Budapest expo
5 March 2014

Financial and infrastructure support for small-scale family farmers is crucial to winning the fight against hunger around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging Governments to create polices conducive for equitable and sustainable rural development.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo (file photo)
Secretary-General condemns bomb attack in Bahrain
4 March 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the bomb attack on Monday in the village of Daih, Bahrain, which led to the death of three policemen.

Administrator Helen Clark launches UNDP Report Humanity Divided  Confronting Inequality in Developing Countries. Photo: UNDP/Dylan Lowthian
Warning of 'humanity divided,' UN urges job creation, inclusive growth strategies
29 January 2014

Raising the alarm against deepening income disparities in countries around the world, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) called today for a shift to more inclusive growth patterns – supported by redistributive polices and changes in social norms.

A garment industry worker sews garter to a skirt in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo: World Bank/Chhor Sokunthea
Cambodia: UN labour agency urges independent probe in deadly protests
28 January 2014

Amid reports that riot police have been deployed in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh to break up anti-Government protests, the United Nations labour agency today urged everyone to remain calm and reiterated its calls for a probe into police action.

Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos (centre), on a visit in December 2012 to the  the Ma Gyee Myaing camp in Sittwe Town, Myanmar, where displaced from Rakhine state are hosted. Photo: UNOCHA/David Ohana
Top UN officials call for probe into latest violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state
23 January 2014

The United Nations human rights and humanitarian chiefs on Thursday voiced deep concern about reports of alarming levels of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, including the killing of many civilians and a policeman, and called for an immediate investigation by the authorities.

UNMISS personnel conducting a security sweep in its Juba camp to rid it of weapons and smuggled goods, including military and police uniforms. Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Bill
South Sudan: peacekeepers boost security for civilians on UN mission’s bases
16 January 2014

Joint police and military patrols and the use of metal detectors are among the security steps being taken by the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to protect some 65,000 displaced civilians seeking refuge on its bases and in the surrounding community.

Surya P. Subedi, Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Cambodia. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferr
Cambodia: UN expert urges restraint as police fire on striking garment workers
3 January 2014

A United Nations independent human rights expert urged restraint by all sides today after military police opened fire on striking garment workers in Phnom Penh, reportedly killing at least four people, as high social and political tensions in Cambodia boiled over into deadly clashes.

Egyptians protest in Cairo in July 2013. Photo: UN News Centre
Condemning latest violence, UN chief urges Egyptians to find common ground
25 December 2013

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the deadly terrorist attack that took place on Tuesday on the police headquarters in Mansoura, Egypt, while also voicing concern at the deteriorating human rights and political climate in the country.


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