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Education suffers due to poverty and conflict says a Naga from India

Listen / Shimreichon Luithui-Erni, Programme Coordinator of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (India)

Education is key to improving the lives of children.  But in one area of the northeast region of India, education is suffering considerably due to poverty and conflict. Shimreichon Luithui-Erni is a member of the Naga ethnic group from the northeast region of India where she says violations of human rights take place.  According to [...]

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Syria asks UN to probe reported use of chemical weapons in Aleppo

Listen / Bashar Ja'afari

The ambassador of Syria to the United Nations on Wednesday told reporters that his government has requested the UN Secretary-General to deploy a mission to investigate the reported use of chemical weapons in his country. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari recalled that on December 8, 2012, his government sent an official letter to the Secretary-General and the [...]

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Special Representative updates Security Council on Haiti

Listen / Nigel Fisher, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), addresses the Security Council.

The key objectives for strengthening Haiti and making it stable were outlined in a plan to the UN Security Council on Wednesday.  Gerry Adams has the story. Duration: 3’15′

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UN human rights office strongly condemns ethnic violence in Guinea

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Authorities in Guinea are being urged to protect civilians and prevent the targeting of people on the basis of their ethnicity. The call has come from the Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-Wha Kang who presented the report on Guinea to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday. Ms. Kang said [...]

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Haiti faces challenges as it recovers from the 2010 earthquake

Listen / Hurricane Sandy passed to the west of Haiti on 25 October, causing heavy rains and strong winds, flooding homes and overflowing rivers. A woman sells produce at a flooded market place. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Haiti is facing challenges as it recovers from the devastation of the 2010 earthquake which displaced hundreds of thousands of people. That's what Nigel Fisher, the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti, told the Security Council as he reported on the situation in the country. He said the annual economic growth rate fell [...]

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Libya needs a constitution that safeguards human rights for all: UN official

Listen / Human Rights Council

Authorities in Libya are being urged to ensure that a new constitution for the country safeguards human rights for all. The call came from the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kyung-Wha Kang who reported to the UN Human Rights Council on Libya on Wednesday. She said Libya has made progress in building democracy and [...]

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March 20th is International Day of Happiness

Listen / Global under-five mortality has dropped by 35 per cent since 1990, Niger. UNICEF/Nyani Quarmyne

Today is World Happiness Day. A UN General Assembly resolution "Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development" was unanimously adopted last year. Member States recognized the pursuit of happiness as a universal aspiration embodying the spirit of the Millennium Development Goals. Leo Bormans, the editor of "The World Book of Happiness" found out during his [...]

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Sri Lanka called to account over human rights abuses

Listen / Kyung- wha Kang

Calls have been repeated for an international inquiry into allegations of serious human rights violations committed during Sri Lanka's civil war. The call comes in a report by the United Nations Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights which says that Sri Lanka has failed to properly address allegations of human rights abuses. The [...]

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Nepal commission must not grant amnesties for serious violations

Listen / Navi Pillay, UN Human Rights chief

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay said Wednesday she deeply regrets the passing of an ordinance to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Nepal with power to recommend amnesties for serious human rights violations, and strongly urged the government to rectify this and other provisions which would contravene international standards. Pillay [...]

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Côte d'Ivoire urged to boost democracy through human rights and impartial justice

Listen / Doudou Diène,

 Côte d'Ivoire is being urged give the highest priority to boosting the democratic process, promoting human rights and consolidating the economic and social reconstruction process. The call comes from the United Nations Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Côte d'Ivoire Doudou Diène, In his latest report to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Diène [...]

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Today is International Day of Happiness

Listen / A girl from China performs a fan dance at an international childrens meeting promoting culture and peace. UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

The pursuit of happiness lies at the core of human endeavours, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a message marking the International Day of Happiness. He says people around the world aspire to lead happy and fulfilling lives free from fear and want, and in harmony with nature. But he says, yet, basic material well-being [...]

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Reported Syrian helicopter strikes in Lebanon, a grave source of concern

Listen / Lebanon map

  The reported Syrian helicopter strikes on 18 March in the Lebanese region of Arsal, in violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty, are a grave source of concern, says a UN note to correspondents in response to questions about Syrian air strikes in Lebanon. The note from the UN Spokesperson's Office says that in his latest report [...]

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Brazil contributes US$1 million worth of rice to WFP

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Brazil has made its first contribution to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Uganda: some 2,000 metric tons of rice worth about US$1 million. The rice will be used over the coming months to provide 155,000 refugees with relief assistance. WFP Country Director Sory Ouane said the agency is "extremely grateful to the Government [...]

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