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UNHCR worried over rise in migration to Yemen

Listen / Disembarkation of a new arrivals on two boats in the Hadramout district of Yemen. © SHS

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) remains concerned about the increasingly high number of migrants from the Horn of Africa who are making the treacherous sea journey to Yemen. More than 46,000 people arrived in the country during the first six months of the year, according to agency figures released on Tuesday. UNHCR reports that numbers [...]

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UN calls for prosecution of perpetrators of human rights abuses in Thailand

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The UN human rights office is calling for the prosecution of officials in Thailand responsible for the deaths of over 90 people and injury to thousands of others during political violence in April and May 2010. It is concerned that the amnesty bill being discussed in the Thai Parliament this week, if adopted, could pardon [...]

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Security Council debates cooperation in maintenance of peace and security

Listen / Cristina Fernández (right), greets Secretary-General before a meeting of the Security Council on cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security

Maintaining peace and security was at the core of a Security Council debate on cooperation between the UN and regional organizations on Tuesday. "The architects of the United Nations Charter were visionary in foreseeing a world where the UN and regional organizations worked together to prevent, manage and resolve crises," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [...]

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UNESCO chief alarmed following murder of three journalists in the Philippines

Listen / UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

Authorities in the Philippines are being urged to do all in their power to bring to justice those behind the recent killings of three journalists in the space of two days. The call comes from Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in a statement on Tuesday. Freelance photojournalist Mario [...]

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Security incidents are frequent in Afghanistan: UN Security Chief

Listen / UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) UN Photo/Christophe Verhellen

You cannot help but admire the commitment, dedication, bravery and professionalism of national and international staff members of the United Nations in Afghanistan, says the acting head of the Department of Safety and Security of the United Nations. Kevin Kennedy spent several days in Afghanistan making an assessment of the security needs of UN staff [...]

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UN chief calls for improved cooperation with regional organizations to resolve global crises

Listen / Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations has to work harder with regional and sub-regional organizations to swiftly respond to global crises and prevent outbreaks of conflicts in the long-term. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Tuesday as it discussed cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations in maintaining international peace and [...]

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Human rights expert raises alarm over arrest of community activists in Myanmar

Listen / Tomás Ojea Quintana

More than 70 political prisoners in Myanmar were released from jail in July, a decision in line with President Thein Sein's stated plan to free all prisoners of conscience by the end of the year. While welcoming the move, a UN independent expert on the human rights situation in the country is concerned about the [...]

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Japanese envoy reminds disarmament conference of devastation caused by atomic bombs

Listen / Mari Amano

Since the atomic bomb attacks on two Japanese cities during World War II, the desire of the country's people to totally eliminate nuclear weapons has not let up. That's what Japanese Ambassador Mari Amano told the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Tuesday, the 68th anniversary of the bombing of the city of Hiroshima. [...]

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Heavy monsoon rains kill close to 60 people in Pakistan

Listen / Monsoon flooding in Pakistan

The UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) says it's ready to provide relief assistance to Pakistan, where monsoon rains have reportedly killed close to 60 people and displaced hundreds of others. OCHA says that Pakistani authorities continue rescue and relief activities in the affected areas, particularly Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Singh provinces. Jeans Laerke is OCHA [...]

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UN refugee agency urges Sudan to renew permits for staff in Darfur

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The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is urging the government of Sudan to renew the work permits for its staff in the Darfur region. The agency says the government of Sudan has ordered 20 international staff to leave the country and declined to give the reasons for not renewing their work permits. According to UNHCR, [...]

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UN: Bahrain's new anti-terror laws may violate human rights

Listen / Bahrain protests

The UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) is concerned that new anti-terrorism laws recently passed by the National Assembly of Bahrain may violate international human rights standards. The law on the Protection of Society from Acts of Terrorism recommends increasing the detention period or revoking the citizenship of anyone found guilty of committing or inciting an [...]

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