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UN wraps up Timor-Leste mission

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The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) concluded its mandate on Monday, 31 December after six years in the country. The UN helped guide the Asia-Pacific nation to independence in 2002, while the mission assisted in consolidating stability and building democracy in the wake of major political, humanitarian and security crises. Ameerah Haq is a [...]

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UN mission in Timor-Leste draws to a close

Listen / Members of the Malaysian Formed Police Unit boarding the plane to return home

  After six years in the country, the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) concluded its mandate on Monday, 31 December. The UN helped guide the Asia-Pacific nation to independence in 2002, and the mission assisted in consolidating stability and building democracy in the wake of major political, humanitarian and security crises. Ameerah Haq, the [...]

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UN-Arab League envoy warns of threat of "Somalization" of Syria

Listen / Lakhdar Brahimi

The conflict in Syria risks degenerating into chaos similar to what happened in Somalia when the state there collapsed in 1991, unless a political solution is found. That warning came over the weekend from the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the Arab League for the Syrian crisis, Lakhdar Brahimi. On Sunday, the [...]

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UNRWA receives EUR 1 million for mother and child health care from Andalucia

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The regional government of Andalucía has confirmed a EUR 1 million donation to support mother and child health-care services provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). This is the fourth consecutive year that Andalucía has helped the agency provide quality and accessible family health care for Palestine refugee women and their children [...]

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Pillay urges fundamental changes in wake of India rape tragedy

Listen / Navi Pillay

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday expressed her deep sadness at the death of a 23-year old Indian woman who was brutally gang-raped on a bus on 16 December. At the same time, she expressed her hope that this terrible case would mark a turning point against violence against women in [...]

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UN independent expert expressed serious concern over attacks on independence of judiciary

Listen / Gabriela Knaul

A UN independent expert has expressed serious concern over the impeachment proceedings against the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the recent attacks against lawyers who have been fighting for the independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka. Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul says "The recent steps taken [...]

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ICTY closes field offices in Croatia and Kosovo

Listen / John Hocking

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has closed its field offices in Zagreb and Pristina effective Monday 31 December, 2012. The closure is in line with the completion strategy of the ICTY. However, the field offices in Belgrade and Sarajevo will remain open to continue supporting the work of the Tribunal. The [...]

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Ban condemns escalating violence in Pakistan

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appalled by the escalating terrorist violence in Pakistan. A statement attributable to his Spokesperson's office says the Secretary-General condemns in particular, the continued violent targeting of religious minorities – the latest being a car bombing of three buses in south-west Pakistan Sunday, in which some 20 Shi'a pilgrims on their [...]

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