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Evictions of Haitians displaced by earthquake a concern: UN official

Listen / Haitian camps

The humanitarian community is gravely concerned about the forced evictions of Haitians displaced by the earthquake that hit Haiti three years ago, says the United Nations humanitarian official in the country. Survivors of the 12 January 2010 earthquake in the Caribbean country sought refuge in camps built on available open land, with thousands in Port [...]

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A Dusun from Malaysia says alcohol abuse is cause for violence against women

Listen / Anne Lasimbang

  Anne Lasimbang is a member of the Dusun ethnic group in the Malaysian state of Sabah, Borneo. She has been an advocate in the fight for indigenous peoples' rights in Malaysia, and in Asia as a whole. She has also been involved in the local women's activities in Sabah, Malaysia since 1983. Anne Lasimbang [...]

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UNRWA concerned about "entrapment" of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

Listen / Filippo Grandi

The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA)  has expressed concern over the situation of Palestinian refugees caught in the ongoing conflict in Syria. Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner General of UNRWA told reporters in New York on Monday that unlike Syrians, Palestinian refugees have what the agency calls "limited flight options". He said Jordan, which [...]

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Combined vaccine used to prevent measles and rubella in Rwanda

Listen / Measles vaccination campaign

  As part of its ongoing efforts to prevent measles and rubella, Rwanda is starting a dual vaccine campaign against the diseases on Tuesday. This is the first time that the combined Measles-Rubella vaccine is being used in a developing country. The campaign aims to vaccinate almost 5 million children between 9 and 15 years [...]

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Unrest in Syria reaches new heights of destruction: Pinheiro

Listen / Syrian children outside their UNHCR tent at Jordan's Za'atri refugee camp. Photo: UNHCR/M. Abu Asaker

The unrest in the Syrian Arab Republic has reached new heights of destruction, says Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Gerry Adams reports. Duration: 3’18″

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Human rights expert urges Myanmar to address shortcomings before they become entrenched

Listen / Tomás Ojea Quintana

  Authorities in Myanmar have been urged to address shortcomings in the country's human rights situation before they become entrenched. The call has come from Tomás Ojea Quintana, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar during his report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. He said [...]

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Inquiry needed into crimes against humanity in DPRK

Listen / Marzuki Darusman

The UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea says the widespread systematic pattern of violations in the country constitutes crimes against humanity that need more scrutiny than can be carried out by a single investigator. Presenting his report to the Council in Geneva on Monday, Marzuki Darusman cited nine [...]

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ICC drops charges against Kenyan Kirimi Muthaura

Listen / The International Criminal Court buildings

The International Criminal Court has dropped charges against Francis Kirimi Muthaura, a co-accused of Kenya’s presidential election winner Uhuru Kenyatta, the prosecutor has said. Fatou Bensouda said some witnesses were too scared to testify, while another recanted his statement. Ms. Bensouda said she has done so after carefully considering all the evidence available to her [...]

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A 13-year old Ugandan girl fights for children's rights

Listen / Hakima

Hakima is a 13-year old Ugandan girl and a volunteer of child rights organisation Plan International. She is  active in her school and her community where she is a member of several clubs. Some of the projects she is active in include a Plan facilitated club at her school that focuses on disaster risk reduction [...]

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Two million in Malawi still food insecure: FAO

Listen / Malawi's maize harvest

  While Malawi has made progress by becoming self-sufficient in maize and even produces enough of that grain to support exports, some two million people in the country still remain food insecure, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a press conference. The director-general and European Union Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs led an EU-FAO joint [...]

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Medical care in Syria used as 'tactic of war' says UN Commission of Inquiry

Listen / Paulo Pinheiro

  Hospitals and medical clinics in Syria are being targeted and destroyed, and medical staff are being captured, as health care in the country is used as a 'tactic of war', says the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Giving an update on the situation in the country to the UN Human Rights Council [...]

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