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Special Rapporteur congratulates Cambodians on elections, appeals for calm and reconciliation

Listen / Surya P. Subedi, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

A United Nations independent expert on Wednesday appealed for calm and reconciliation in Cambodia, following the country's presidential elections on 28 July. While there were reports that Cambodia's opposition party rejected the results, Surya P. Subedi, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, congratulated Cambodians "on exercising their right to vote [...]

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Malians to be commended for a peaceful election

Listen / Electoral kits being unloaded in Timbuktu, ahead of the 28 July 2013 presidential elections in Mali. [Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic]

Over 50 per cent of Malians went to the polls on the first round of their country's presidential elections, that's according to Aurelien Agbenonci, the special representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Mali. He says this means that the Malians want to make the right choice and change their situation. He commends the [...]

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ILO project helps keep children in school in India

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The International Labour Organization, ILO, has been working with the Indian authorities at national, state and district levels to help remove and prevent children from entering the work force. The pilot project, known as the "Convergence Project," is being carried out in urban and rural areas of five states and implemented by the ILO's International [...]

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Situation remains calm in Mali: UNDP Resident Representative

Listen / Woman casting her vote in Mali elections. [Photo: UNDP]

The current atmosphere in Mali is very calm, according to Aurelien Agbenonci, the UNDP Resident Representative in the country. Mr. Agbenonci says following the 28 July elections, people have been going about their usual business, there is no tension and they are expecting the results from the ministry in charge of the election. He believes [...]

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UNICEF urges action to fight violence against children

Listen / UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson. [Photo: UNICEF/ Toledano]

  UNICEF announced an initiative on Wednesday that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments to speak out more forcefully to fight violence against children. Recent horrific attacks against children, such as gang rapes of girls in India and South Africa this year and the fatal shooting of 26 teachers and students in the United States last [...]

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A victim of gender based violence in Mali tells her story

Listen / 16 year-old Fatoumata Traoré, a victim of gender based violence in Mali.

Fighting between Government forces and rebels in the northern part of Mali, which started early last year, has caused insecurity, instability and a growing refugee crisis. The Human Rights Council says human rights violations were committed by rebels, terrorist groups and other organized transnational crime networkS, particularly in the north of the country. These abuses, [...]

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Number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan rises in first half of 2013

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There was a sharp rise in the number of casualties among Afghan civilians in the first six months of 2013, according to a report released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA. The UNAMA report documented nearly 4,000 civilian deaths and injuries in that time period, a marked increase over the 2012 numbers. It [...]

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