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UN votes for a resolution on cyber privacy

Listen / Antonio Patriota

A resolution to protect the right to privacy against unlawful online surveillance has been unanimously approved by the General Assembly's human rights committee. Tuesday's vote follows press reports of electronic surveillance by United States intelligence agencies on foreign governments and businesses, including those of Germany and Brazil which sponsored the resolution. "The resolution states that [...]

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Milk, dairy products can improve nutrition and livelihood for the poor

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Governments worldwide are being advised by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to make milk and dairy products more accessible to the poor and vulnerable. FAO's latest publication entitled Milk and Dairy Products in Human Nutrition, says these products make for healthy bones and are a vital source of nutrition. However, not everyone is fortunate [...]

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Protecting children should be at the heart of ongoing DRC dialogue

Listen / Leila Zerrougui

The surrender of the M23 and other armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) brings with it the responsibility to help children reunite with their families, go back to school and aspire to a better future. That's the conclusion reached by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed conflict, following [...]

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Repatriation of Somalis from Kenya must be voluntary: UNHCR

Listen / Tents stretch away into the distance in a part of the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex in north-east Kenya.(© UNHCR/J.Brouwer)

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says all returns of Somali refugees from Kenya to Somalia should be strictly voluntary as stipulated in an agreement it has signed with the Governments of Kenya and Somalia. UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards on Tuesday explained that the 10 November Tripartite Agreement set out the legal framework for returns to [...]

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Gaza on brink of a humanitarian catastrophe because of fuel crisis, warns UN expert

Listen / Richard Falk

A power outage has left 1.7 million residents of Gaza in a dire situation, according to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). Richard Falk says the situation in Gaza is at a point of near catastrophe, and is calling for urgent action to address it. The [...]

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Saudi Arabia deports illegal migrants from Yemen and Ethiopia

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Saudi authorities have decided to deport all migrants from Yemen and Ethiopia who had entered the country illegally, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In recent months, scores of migrants had already been sent home, IOM spokesperson Christiane Berthiaume told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday. Over 190,000 Yemeni migrant workers repatriated between June [...]

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France pushes for a Security Council resolution to end crisis in Central African Republic

Listen / Thousands of people fleeing the Séléka alliance have made a temporary home of the Catholic mission in Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

As the crisis continues to worsen in the Central African Republic, France is urging the Security Council to act urgently to avert a catastrophe. The political and humanitarian situation in the country took a turn for the worse in December last year when a coalition of rebel forces, known as Séléka, launched attacks and captured [...]

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Polio eradication emergency declared after 17 cases are detected in Syria

Listen / UNICEF has joined the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to launch a huge immunization campaign against polio in Syria. Photo: UNICEF

A polio eradication emergency has been declared in all countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region after 17 cases of polio were confirmed in Syria. The cases are due to the wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1), a highly infectious and crippling viral disease, the agency notes. 15 cases had already been reported [...]

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UN relief efforts continue in the Philippines

Listen / A WFP aid worker talks to a woman in Tacloban City (Copyright: WFP/Silke Buhr)

Delivering food to survivors remains a priority nearly three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread devastation in the Philippines. That's according to the World Food Programme (WFP), which has airlifted tonnes of rice and high-energy biscuits to the country. WFP and other UN agencies and their partners continue to support the Philippine authorities as they [...]

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Situation in CAR requires "prompt" and "decisive" action: UN Deputy Chief

Listen / Jan Eliasson

There's a unified view of the need for a UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR), but the question is when such an operation can be on the ground. That's what the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told reporters following a Security Council meeting on Monday where he presented a report from a technical [...]

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UNHCR: Asylum seekers facing harsh conditions at Pacific Island asylum centres

Listen / Boat carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers arriving in Australia:UNHCR

Asylum-seekers transferred from Australia to processing centres at Nauru and in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are living in conditions that do not meet international standards of treatment, according to the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR). In a report assessing Australia's asylum policies and practices, UNHCR says the asylum seekers were living in conditions which may constitute [...]

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UN: New law on demonstrations in Egypt seriously flawed and must be amended

Listen / Egyptians protest in Cairo in July 2013. Photo: UN News Centre

A new law enacted in Egypt to regulate demonstrations is likely to lead to serious breaches of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, according to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The law gives wide-ranging powers to local security authorities to ban gatherings and prohibits protesters from conduct that would, among other things, constitute [...]

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