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Envoy assures Afghan women of UN support during 2014 elections

Listen / Afghan woman casting her vote.  (UNAMA file photo Sept 2010)

As elections approach in Afghanistan, attacks on high profile women are on the rise, according to the United Nations. In recent weeks and months, there have been several cases of intimidation, abduction and targeted killings of women government officials and public figures.  As international forces leave Afghanistan, women are fearful the violence against them might [...]

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Envoy assures Afghan women of UN support during 2014 elections

Listen / Afghan woman exercising her right to vote - 2009/UN Photo/Tim Page

As elections approach in Afghanistan, attacks on high profile women are on the rise, according to the United Nations. In recent weeks and months, there have been several cases of intimidation, abduction and targeted killings of women government officials and public figures. As international forces leave Afghanistan, women are fearful the violence against them might [...]

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UN report says torture in detention is widespread in Libya

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• A UN report issued on Tuesday says there is widespread torture and ill-treatment of detainees in Libya. The report has been jointly published by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN human rights office. It says human rights violations have continued in Libya despite the government's efforts to improve the situation. [...]

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Chemical weapons watchdog and UN report "initial progress"

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There has been "encouraging initial progress" in the process to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, according to the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). In a statement released on Thursday, the UN and the OPCW say their joint team has had the first working day of meetings with Syrian authorities. [...]

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UNAMA registers 16 per cent rise in civilian casualties in Afghanistan

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The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) registered   a 16 per cent rise in the number of Afghan civilians killed or wounded during the first eight months of this year compared to the same period last year, a senior UNAMA official told a news conference in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad. Georgette [...]

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Protection of migrants a top priority for governments

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"Make it work," the UN Secretary-General urged delegates at a High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development on Thursday. Mr. Ban Ki-moon asked the delegates to implement measures that protect the rights of migrants and recognize their contributions to society. The two-day Dialogue seeks to improve international migration for migrants and countries, while reducing its [...]

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We have a special responsibility towards migrants: PGA

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Protecting the rights of all migrants must be the cornerstone of our migration policies, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John Ashe told a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development Thursday. He said during economic downturns, migrants become easy scapegoats, but stressed that we must take a strong stand against this. Ambassador Ashe [...]

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UN expert stresses that migrants are human beings with human rights

Listen / Migrants are human beings with human rights - François Crépeau

The United Nations independent expert on the protection of migrants on Thursday stressed that migrants are human beings with human rights. François Crépeau, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, spoke to reporters as the UN held a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. Mr. Crépeau said migration is "in essence a fundamental [...]

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UNESCO study shows Africa and Arab States are worst hit by teacher shortage

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One point six million additional teachers will be required to achieve universal primary education by 2015, and this number will rise to 3.3 million by 2030, according to a report published by UNESCO's Institute for Statistics (UIS) on the occasion of World Teachers Day, to be celebrated on 5 October. The report also shows that [...]

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World cereal production set to jump 8 percent this year

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The outlook for global cereal supply in the 2013/14 marketing season remains generally favourable despite downward adjustments to forecasts for world cereal production and closing stocks, according to the latest issue of FAO‘s quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Despite this downward adjustment, world cereal production would still surpass the 2012 level by nearly [...]

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More than 80 African migrants die in a boat disaster off the Italian coast

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More than 80 African migrants died when a boat they were on sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The figure may be higher because the boat was carrying between 400 and 500 migrants, mainly from Eritrea but only about 140 of them had been [...]

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Yemen has seen great changes in the past two years: Human rights official

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Yemen has seen great changes in the past two years, according to the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri. She said it was a difficult time but also a time for people to come together in an innovative way through the National Dialogue, which aims to find a solution through dialogue to the [...]

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Migration: an expression of the human aspiration for a better future: Ban

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"We must do more to protect the human rights of all migrants", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks to a High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development on Thursday. The Secretary-General said he has put forward an ambitious eight-point agenda to "make migration work" for all: migrants, societies of origin and societies of destinations alike. [...]

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Boat tragedy kills 82 African migrants off the Italian coast

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At least 82 people have died after a boat carrying African migrants sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, according to the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). The boat which originated from Libya is reported to have been carrying over 500 migrants, mainly from Eritrea. UNHCR says the boat caught fire, half a mile from [...]

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