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Briefing General Assembly, UN rights expert urges dual fight against torture, corruption

The incidences of torture and ill-treatment around the world have not been diminishing and the need for effective prevention is “as great as it ever has been,” a United Nations human rights expert said today as he urged Member States to do more to tackle domestic corruption in order to prevent such episodes of abuses.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 11:07 pm

South Sudan: UN Mission transfers internally displaced persons to protection sites

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has opened new sites for about 28,000 internally displaced persons adjacent to its bases in three state capitals to improve living conditions of civilians who have been uprooted by the recent conflict, a senior UN official said in Juba today.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 11:03 pm

DR Congo: Ban deplores expulsion of UN rights officer

Secretary -General Ban Ki-moon has condemned last week’s decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel from the country its top United Nations human rights official, saying that doing so can “only be harmful for the country’s progress” and urged the Government to reconsider its position.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 9:35 pm

General Assembly elects 15 members to UN Human Rights Council

The General Assembly today elected 15 countries to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2015.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 6:49 pm

As Ebola response accelerates, UN health agency prepares for arrival of trial vaccines

Amid positive developments in the global fight against Ebola, including a growing response to the Secretary-General’s appeals for the more funding to tackle the outbreak, the United Nations health agency today announced the expected delivery of Ebola candidate vaccines, as the UN system continues to ramps up efforts to quell the spread of the deadly virus.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 6:45 pm

‘Clock is ticking’ for Gaza; pledges for aid, reconstruction must be honoured – Ban

On the heels of last week’s visit to Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today that promises made at a recent donor conference on rebuilding the war-ravaged enclave must “quickly materialize” into concrete assistance on the ground, especially as winter approaches.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 6:35 pm

Syria: UN convoy crosses lines to reach children fleeing besieged Kobane

Trucks carrying lifesaving supplies for Syrian children have managed to cross over the battle line in Aleppo for the first time in months, a spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today in what was described as a “small but significant breakthrough” in the UN agency’s efforts to help children displaced by the fighting in Kobane.

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 4:06 pm

UN humanitarian chief urges ongoing assistance, political solution for war-torn Syria

Spotlighting the plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey, as well as the Turkish Government’s efforts to meet the needs of an influx of an estimated 1.6 million people, United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos today urged the world to “remember the suffering of the Syrian people” and the urgent need for a political end to the three year conflict.

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 11:39 pm

Increased taxes, regulation key to fighting tobacco ‘epidemic,’ says UN health agency

The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco “epidemic” and save millions of lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced.

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 11:07 pm

In Detroit, city-backed water shut-offs ‘contrary to human rights,’ say UN experts

The city of Detroit must restore access to water for its citizens who remain unable to pay their bills, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that a failure to do so would be a violation of the most basic human rights of those residents.

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 10:12 pm

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Security turnover: Turkey fails to make the cut at the United Nations – Pittsburgh Post Gazette


Security turnover: Turkey fails to make the cut at the United Nations
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The 193-member United Nations General Assembly votes every year to elect five new participants on the 15-seat Security Council. The result last Thursday brought some pain to the United States. Venezuela, a chronic sharp critic of Washington, was

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 4:03 am

Detroit: Where the United Nations Warns of Human Rights Violations – Big Think


The Epoch Times

Detroit: Where the United Nations Warns of Human Rights Violations
Big Think
Despite an agreement reached between the city of Detroit and it suburbs—communities will pay $50 million per year in order to lease the pipes that supply fresh water to their homes—the United Nations claims that water shutoffs still in effect risk
UN Asks Detroit to Stop Water ShutoffsThe Epoch Times
UN Experts: Detroit Should Restore Water to PoorBlack Press USA
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Posted on 22 October 2014 | 3:26 am

UN Cites ISIS Genocide Threat – New York Times


RIA Novosti

UN Cites ISIS Genocide Threat
New York Times
UNITED NATIONS — A senior United Nations official said on Tuesday that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, had threatened to exterminate minority Yazidis in Iraq by killing them if they refused to convert to Islam. “The evidence strongly
United Nations Consider Islamic State Actions Against Yazidis to Be Attempted RIA Novosti
UN: Assault on Yazidis may be genocide attemptColumbus Ledger-Enquirer
Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide – UNReuters

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Posted on 22 October 2014 | 1:32 am

DR Congo: Ban deplores expulsion of UN rights officer – UN News Centre


UN News Centre

DR Congo: Ban deplores expulsion of UN rights officer
UN News Centre
21 October 2014 – Secretary -General Ban Ki-moon has condemned last week's decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel from the country its top United Nations human rights official, saying that doing so can “only be harmful for the …
UN condemns top human rights official's expulsion from CongoReuters

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:45 pm

As Ebola response accelerates, UN health agency prepares for arrival of trial … – UN News Centre


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As Ebola response accelerates, UN health agency prepares for arrival of trial
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21 October 2014 – Amid positive developments in the global fight against Ebola, including a growing response to the Secretary-General's appeals for the more funding to tackle the outbreak, the United Nations health agency today announced the expected …
WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in JanuaryMonitor

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:35 pm

Syria: UN convoy crosses lines to reach children fleeing besieged Kobane – UN News Centre


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Syria: UN convoy crosses lines to reach children fleeing besieged Kobane
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21 October 2014 – Trucks carrying lifesaving supplies for Syrian children have managed to cross over the battle line in Aleppo for the first time in months, a spokesperson for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today in what was described

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 6:18 pm

General Assembly elects 15 members to UN Human Rights Council – UN News Centre


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General Assembly elects 15 members to UN Human Rights Council
UN News Centre
21 October 2014 – The General Assembly today elected 15 countries to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2015. In one round of secret balloting at UN Headquarters in New York, the …
India wins re-election to United Nations Human Rights CouncilIndian Express
UN General Assembly elects 15 members of Human Rights Council for 2015-2018ITAR-TASS
India Wins Re-Election to UN Human Rights CouncilNDTV
CCTV -Rappler
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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 6:03 pm

‘Clock is ticking’ for Gaza; pledges for aid, reconstruction must be honoured … – UN News Centre


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'Clock is ticking' for Gaza; pledges for aid, reconstruction must be honoured
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. Security Council President for the month of October, María Cristina Perceval of Argentina, is at right
United Nations Questions Israel on Palestinians' RightsNewsweek
UN Chief: Need to Rebuild Gaza QuicklyVoice of America
UN chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiryYahoo News
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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:47 pm

United Nations experts offer solutions to human rights violations in Detroit … – MLive.com


MLive.com

United Nations experts offer solutions to human rights violations in Detroit
MLive.com
DETROIT, MI – Two humanitarian experts from the United Nations called Detroit's efforts to improve revenue collections by disconnecting water from non-paying customers a "large-scale retrogression" Monday. U.N. special rapporteurs Catarina de …
News Hits: United Nations officials say Detroit water shut-offs impact city's Detroit Metro Times (blog)
VIDEO: Detroit Residents Meet with United Nations Officials, Demand Democracy Now (blog)
In Detroit, city-backed water shut-offs 'contrary to human rights,' say UN expertsUN News Centre
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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 9:08 pm

Third United Nations Staffer Dies Of Ebola – BuzzFeed


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Third United Nations Staffer Dies Of Ebola
BuzzFeed
The United Nations announced on Monday that one of its employees died of Ebola in Sierra Leone, raising the number of U.N. employees who have perished in the current outbreak to three. Edmond Bangura-Sesay, a driver for the local office of U.N Women, …
Third UN employee dies from EbolaYahoo News
UN says worker dies from Ebola in Sierra LeoneMacon Telegraph (blog)
Ebola outbreak: Britain steps up airport screening as UN aid worker dies from The Independent

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Posted on 20 October 2014 | 7:23 pm