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UN relief wing cites major access challenges in eastern Ukraine, where millions need supplies ahead of winter

Sounding the alarm on behalf of relief agencies working to meet ongoing needs and jump-start critical preparations for winter in strife-riven eastern Ukraine, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported that aid organizations are facing major challenges in getting access to the most vulnerable of an estimated 5 million people affected by the conflict that began in the region in April 2014.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 5:00 am

Prohibition of enforced disappearance is 'absolute,' UN declares, urging action to ramp-up searches for missing

Marking the fourth International Day of Enforced Disappearances, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the “alarming” number of acts by that are tantamount to enforced disappearances and appealed to all Member States to ratify or accede to the legal instrument prohibiting such acts.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 5:00 am

Ban 'deeply regrets' Egyptian court decision to uphold sentences of Al Jazeera journalists

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “deep regret' over the decision by the Egyptian court of Cassation to uphold the sentencing of several Al Jazeera journalists and has reiterated his appeal for their cases to be resolved expeditiously and in accordance with the country's international obligations to protect free expression.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 5:00 am

Security Council condemns use of sexual violence as ‘tactic of war’ in Iraq and Syria

The United Nations Security Council today condemned the use of sexual violence, in particular sexual enslavement and sexual violence “related to or resulting from forced marriage, committee, including as a tactic of war, in Syria and Iraq,” and urged all parties to armed conflict to take all feasible steps to protect civilians from such “abhorrent” acts.

Posted on 29 August 2015 | 12:17 am

Fresh peace deal ‘first step’ in resolving South Sudan crisis – Security Council

Welcoming the recent signature by President Salva Kiir, SPLM/SPLA-IO Chairman Riek Machar and others of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, the Security Council today called on all the parties, with the help of the United Nations, to implement the accord and adhere to the permanent ceasefire.

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 11:47 pm

After bodies found in truck near Austrian border, Ban urges expansion of safe, legal channels of migration

In the wake of the grim discovery of the bodies of more than 70 people inside a truck abandoned near Austria’s border with Hungary, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to come together to provide comprehensive responses to migration issues, including tackling smugglers and resolving ongoing conflicts, among other root causes.

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 10:43 pm

UN experts urge Sudan to overturn ‘outrageous conviction’ for indecent dressing

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have voiced alarm after a female Sudanese student was sentenced to public flogging and a heavy fine for charges of “indecent dressing,” while another received a hefty fine for the same charges, and urged that the convictions be overturned immediately.

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 9:54 pm

At Security Council, UN officials warn political turbulence in Guinea-Bissau puts past gains at risk

With Guinea-Bissau facing political turbulence barely a year after the re-establishment of constitutional order, the top United Nations official there expressed hope today that political leaders would rise to their “historic responsibility” to preserve the gains made so far in the interest of the country and people.

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 9:45 pm

More than 300,000 make perilous Mediterranean crossing in 2015 – UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency said today that the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has surpassed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 during the whole of 2014.

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 6:50 pm

UNICEF announces release of 163 more children by armed group in Central African Republic

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today that 163 children have been released by an armed group in the Central African Republic, where thousands of other boys and girls are still serving as combatants, cooks and messengers for the country’s militant factions.

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 6:44 pm

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United Nations To Investigate If British Government’s Welfare Reforms Violate … – Huffington Post UK


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United Nations To Investigate If British Government's Welfare Reforms Violate
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The United Nations is due to visit the UK to investigate whether the government's welfare reforms have led to “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people's human rights, it has been reported. A leading disability charity said that the UN's

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 5:21 pm

When the United Nations need us – The Typewriter


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When the United Nations need us
The Typewriter
At first glance, you might catch yourself thinking about what a pretentious title this article has. Why would the United Nations, huge institution created in 1945 to prevent us from another world war, need us? It is in writing this piece that I hope to

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 4:41 pm

Ban ‘deeply regrets’ Egyptian court decision to uphold sentences of Al Jazeera … – UN News Centre


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Ban 'deeply regrets' Egyptian court decision to uphold sentences of Al Jazeera
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30 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “deep regret' over the decision by the Egyptian court of Cassation to uphold the sentencing of several Al Jazeera journalists and has reiterated his appeal for their cases to
UN regrets sentencing of Al-Jazeera journalistsFree Press Journal

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 2:58 pm

United Nations to probe Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms for ‘grave … – Mirror.co.uk


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United Nations to probe Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms for 'grave
Mirror.co.uk
The United Nations will probe whether Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms are committing 'grave violations' of human rights, a prominent charity chief has said. Officials from the UN's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities could soon
United Nations to probe Tory welfare reformsSNP (press release)

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 1:52 pm

UN relief wing cites major access challenges in eastern Ukraine, where … – UN News Centre


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UN relief wing cites major access challenges in eastern Ukraine, where
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30 August 2015 – Sounding the alarm on behalf of relief agencies working to meet ongoing needs and jump-start critical preparations for winter in strife-riven eastern Ukraine, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported that aid organizations are …

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 12:27 pm

Prohibition of enforced disappearance is ‘absolute,’ UN declares, urging … – UN News Centre


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Prohibition of enforced disappearance is 'absolute,' UN declares, urging
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30 August 2015 – Marking the fourth International Day of Enforced Disappearances, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the “alarming” number of acts by that are tantamount to enforced disappearances and appealed to all Member …
UN chief calls for greater efforts to end enforced disappearanceShanghai Daily (subscription)
UN chief denounces rise in enforced disappearancesDaily Times

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 11:57 am

UN Urges the Netherlands to Stop Portrayals of ‘Black Pete’ Character – New York Times


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UN Urges the Netherlands to Stop Portrayals of 'Black Pete' Character
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UNITED NATIONS — A United Nations committee has urged the Netherlands to get rid of Black Pete, a popular children's character who has long been portrayed in early winter by white people in blackface makeup, usually with exaggerated red lips and gold …
United Nations urges Netherlands to retire 'Black Pete' characterStuff.co.nz
Netherlands Should Move to End `Black Pete' Stereotypes, UN SaysBloomberg
Dutch must end Black Pete racial stereotypes, UN race bias body saysAl Jazeera America

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Posted on 29 August 2015 | 2:58 am

Fresh peace deal ‘first step’ in resolving South Sudan crisis – Security Council – UN News Centre


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Fresh peace deal 'first step' in resolving South Sudan crisis – Security Council
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“The Security Council acknowledges that this Agreement is the first step in reversing the difficult political and economic situation, and humanitarian, and security catastrophe resulting from this crisis, calls upon the parties, with support from the
UN warns South Sudan of sanctions if peace deal isn't keptSunHerald.com
United Nations: Council welcomes South Sudan peace deal, threatens arms embargoPulse Nigeria
On S. Sudan, ICP Asks UK & Angola of Kiir's Reservations, "Very Serious"Inner City Press

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 10:55 pm

At Security Council, UN officials warn political turbulence in Guinea-Bissau … – UN News Centre


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At Security Council, UN officials warn political turbulence in Guinea-Bissau
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28 August 2015 – With Guinea-Bissau facing political turbulence barely a year after the re-establishment of constitutional order, the top United Nations official there expressed hope today that political leaders would rise to their “historic
UN urges political dialogue in Guinea Bissau to end crisisReuters UK
Guinea-Bissau army will stay out of politics: UNYahoo News

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 10:27 pm

UN experts urge Sudan to overturn ‘outrageous conviction’ for indecent dressing – UN News Centre


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UN experts urge Sudan to overturn 'outrageous conviction' for indecent dressing
UN News Centre
28 August 2015 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have voiced alarm after a female Sudanese student was sentenced to public flogging and a heavy fine for charges of “indecent dressing,” while another received a hefty fine for …

and more »

Posted on 28 August 2015 | 8:58 pm