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22 November 2016 – Thursday, 17 November 2016, presented an uncomely anniversary for the inhabitants of Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city, located about 400 kilometers north of Baghdad. It was one month since the Battle of Mosul began, with Iraqi government forces under Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi seeking to recapture the city from ISIL, also known as Da’esh. The extremist group has held control over the city for more than two years now, subjecting civilians there to despicable atrocities and untold suffering.Read more »


21 November 2016 – The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned today''s attack at a mosque in Kabul that killed at least 32 civilians and injured more than 50 others, many of them children. “This appalling attack on worshippers is an atrocity,” said Pernille Kardel, the Secretary-General''s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, in a statement to the press.Read more »


20 November 2016 – Highlighting the plight of millions of children around the world, the head of United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF) has called on everyone to recommit themselves to protect the rights of every child. "When we protect their rights, we are not only preventing their suffering. We are not only safeguarding their lives. We are protecting our common future," said the UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, in his message on Universal Children''s Day.Read more »


17 November 2016 – At the one-month mark of Iraqi military operations to oust terrorists from Mosul, the United Nations and its partners today said tens of thousands of families in newly retaken areas urgently requiring life-saving assistance and warned that the humanitarian community in Iraq faces a “massive scope” of need.Read more »


13 November 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attack on a Sufi shrine in southwestern Pakistan yesterday that reportedly killed dozens of worshippers. The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Pakistan, and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured, Mr. Ban''s spokesman said in a statement issued overnight.Read more »


GENEVA (11 November 2016) – As mass graves and further evidence of sexual exploitation of women and girls, torture and killings, child recruitment and other grave human rights abuses committed by ISIL in Iraq come to light, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called for immediate action to ensure that the rights and the needs of victims and survivors are met – including, crucially, the need for justice, truth and reconciliation. Read more »


25 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a terrorist attack on a police academy in Quetta, Pakistan earlier today that claimed the lives of at-least 60 people and injured more than 100. In a statement issued by his office, Mr. Ban stressed on the urgency of bringing the perpetrators of “this abhorrent act of violence” to justice. According to reports, most of the victims were police cadets.Read more »


25 October 2016 – As Iraqi Government forces close in on Mosul, the United Nations human rights wing said today that it continues to receive reports of grave violations against civilians, including extrajudicial killings and summary executions, by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) extremists.Read more »


18 October 2016 – United Nations human rights experts have welcomed the release of 21 Chibok school girls from Boko Haram and called upon Nigerians – particularly their families and local communities – to support their immediate reintegration and rehabilitation.Read more »


16 September 2016 – Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who survived trafficking at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) was today appointed a United Nations advocate for the victims of human trafficking. With the appointment, which marks the first time a survivor of atrocities is bestowed this distinction, Ms. Murad, a 23-year-old Yazidi woman, wears the mantle of Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).Read more »


4 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Friday''s bomb attack on a night market in Davao City in the Philippines that killed at least 12 people and injured dozens, his spokesman said today. “The Secretary-General stresses the need to ensure accountability and to bring to justice the perpetrators of these terrorist attacks,” the spokesman added in a statement.Read more »


2 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned two separate terrorist attacks which took place in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, reportedly targeting a Christian neighbourhood and a district court, according to his spokesperson. “He stresses the need to ensure accountability and to bring to justice the perpetrators of these terrorist attacks,” the spokesperson added in a statement.Read more »


1 September 2016 – Civilians continue to disproportionately bear the burden of acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq, accounting for more than two-thirds of those killed or injured in the month of August, the United Nations mission announced today. “The bloodletting in Iraq continues without let-up,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, said in a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which he heads. “Casualty figures remain too high and civilians again are bearing the brunt,” he added.Read more »


31 August 2016 – The United Nations envoy in Somalia has spoken out against the bombing yesterday of a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, that killed at least 13 people and injured more than 20. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Somalia, Michael Keating, “strongly condemned” the truck bomb attack on the SYL Hotel in the capital, according to a statement issued yesterday by the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).Read more »


25 August 2016 – Years of violence by Boko Haram in Africa’s Lake Chad basin, which includes Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, have led to a worsening humanitarian crisis that has displaced 1.4 million children and left at least one million still trapped in hard-to-reach areas, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a report released today. “The Lake Chad crisis is a children’s crisis that should rank high on the global migration and displacement agenda,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, in a news release.Read more »