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UNHCR wraps up repatriation of thousands of Liberians

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More than 150 thousand Liberians who were forced into exile because of a 14- year civil war have returned home under a voluntary repatriation operation spearheaded by the UN refugee agency –UNHCR. The war forced 750,000 civilians to become either internally displaced or refugees . UNHCR Spokeswoman Melissa Fleming says the Liberians were returned home [...]

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Thousands of Liberians return home with help from UN refugee agency

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The New Year means a new start for thousands of Liberians who have returned to their homeland after fleeing to neighbouring countries following the outbreak of civil war more than two decades ago. The last of 155,000 Liberian refugees repatriated by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), arrived home during the final weekend of 2012. Sulaiman [...]

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Labour exploitation the main cause of human trafficking: IOM

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Labour exploitation is the main cause of human trafficking, according to a new report by the International Organization for Migration, (IOM). The report which looked into human trafficking trends showed that half of the human trafficking cases brought before the IOM for assistance in 2011 involved victims of labour exploitation. Spokesperson for the IOM Jumbe [...]

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UNICEF expresses concern over children's safety in the CAR

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Concerns are mounting over the safety of the thousands of civilians, particularly the children, as fighting continues in the Central African Republic. The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) says over 300,000 children have already been affected by the conflict in the Central African Republic through recruitment, family separation, sexual violence and forced displacement, among other [...]

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ILO to launch first global report on domestic work

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to launch its new report on domestic workers around the world. The new report attempts to capture the size of the domestic work sector, working conditions and the extent of legal protection enjoyed by domestic workers worldwide. It includes global and regional statistics, and is intended to support the [...]

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OCHA concerned about protection of civilians in CAR

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  The UN humanitarian agency – OCHA  is expressing serious concern about the protection of civilians in the fighting going on in the Central African Republic (CAR). Spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Jens Laerke says the security situation is having a major impact on its humanitarian activities. “ There's an estimated [...]

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Senior UN officials express sorrow after rape victim dies in India

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  Violence against women must never be accepted, excused or tolerated, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said following the death of a young woman from India who had been gang raped while on a bus.  Michelle Bachelet, the head of UN Women, said the young woman's death should serve as a call to action, while UN [...]

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UNICEF calls for immediate cessation of recruitment of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic

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The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is calling for the immediate cessation of child recruitment by all armed groups in the Central African Republic. UNICEF's Spokesperson in Geneva Marixie Mercado says the agency is urging all parties to protect children against the harmful impact of, and their involvement in, armed conflict in the country. She says [...]

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Two peacekeepers freed after 136 days in captivity in Darfur

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Two peacekeepers serving with the joint United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) were freed on Wednesday after four and a half months in captivity. The police personnel, Hasan Al-Mazawdeh and Qasim Al-Sarhan of Jordan were abducted on 20 August last year while on patrol in the town of Kabkabiya in North Darfur. UNAMID has [...]

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HIV /AIDS shows signs of reversal in South-East Asia:WHO

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The HIV/AIDS epidemic shows signs of reversal globally, with encouraging results in South-East Asia, according to the World Health Organization, WHO. In 2011, 2.2 million people across the world were infected with HIV and 1.7 million died, half a million fewer new infections than 10 years ago, and 600 000 fewer deaths than in 2005. [...]

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