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UN Rights Chief condemns arrest of Cairo rights group members

Ravina Shamdasani

The raid of a Human rights Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and the arrest of six of its members in Cairo, Egypt, mark a worrying escalation in the harassment and intimidation of civil society in Egypt. That's according to a statement released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday. At least [...]

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Civilians flee as fighting and violence spreads in South Sudan

Civilians arriving at the UN House compound on the Southwestern outskirts of Juba Photo: UNMISS/Shantal Persaud

South Sudan's capital city Juba is increasingly becoming deserted as tensions escalate between rival factions in the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). An estimated 40,000 civilians are being sheltered at UN bases across the country as fighting spreads. Upper Nile and Upper Unity States –which both border Ethiopia -are the latest to be affected by [...]

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Caribbean felt a profound sense of loss with Mandela's passing: CARICOM

Menissa Rambally

As prepared as we were for the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela , the profound sense of loss felt by the peoples of the Caribbean region was doubtlessly felt in all regions of the world, the Permanent Representative of St. Lucia Ambassador Menissa Rambally told a special meeting of the UN General [...]

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Conflict in South Sudan raises concern at United Nations

UNMISS peacekeepers have been assisting displaced civilians in South Sudan Photo: UNMISS

As fighting between rival members of the army continues in South Sudan, the United Nations is deeply concerned about this situation. On Friday, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has strongly condemned the unprovoked attack on its base in the town of Akobo in Jonglei State on Thursday in which at least 11 people [...]

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Cambodia faces challenges in improving sanitation and hygiene

Constructing a toilet in Cambodia. Photo: UNICEF

Improving hygiene through use of latrines and hand washing with soap and water, protecting water sources from contamination remain key challenges for Cambodia. Patrick Maigua reports. According to the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF), less than one in three Cambodians have access to latrines and hand washing facilities, one of the lowest rates in Southeast [...]

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UNRWA concerned about fate of some 20,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria


The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has expressed concern about the fate of thousands of Palestinian refugees in a suburb of Damascus in Syria. In a statement issued on Friday UNRWA notes that it has been one year since Yarmouk, the vast suburb of Damascus that was home to the largest [...]

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Syrian government and opposition groups confirm participation in peace conference

Lakhdar Brahimi , the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States

The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi says the Syrian government and opposition groups have confirmed their participation at next month's international peace conference for Syria. Speakin in Geneva,  Mr Brahimi said he had been informed by the Syrian government that it had already [...]

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South Africa has lost the Father of its Nation: Suriname

General Assembly meeting to honour the life and memory of South Africa's late President Nelson Mandela

NAR: Suriname, a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), spoke on behalf of the Member States of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). Ambassador Kitty Sweep said South Africa has lost the Father of its Nation – a true inspiration for its entire population, a leader who redefined political leadership and rose from rural [...]

20 Dec 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits the Philippines

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in the Philippines this Friday, 20 December, where he is holding meetings with Government officials and speaking to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General issued a statement earlier confirming his visit to the Island nation. Mr. Ban Ki-moon will also receive an [...]

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Jamaicans feel a special bond with Nelson Mandela

Shorna Kay-Richards

NAR: Jamaica also offered words of comfort for the significant role Madiba Nelson Mandela continued to play even after retirement from office as the father of the nation, an icon of reconciliation and justice and an inspiration to action. Deputy Permanent Representative Shorna Kay-Richards. ” As one of the first countries to impose trade sanctions [...]

20 Dec 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

History will record Mandela as greatest public figure of 20th century

Denis Antoine

NAR: Caribbean nations joined the international community as the UN General Assembly on Thursday held a special meeting to honour Nelson Mandela, the South African freedom fighter and leader who passed away on 5 December. Grenada's Representative Ambassador Denis Antoine said while Nelson Mandela’s dignified and gracious presence has left this world–his work here is [...]

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UN condemns Akobo attack in which 11 civilians were killed

Civilians fleeing fighting and seeking refuge wait outside a compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in Bor. Credit: UN Photo/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos

An estimated eleven civilians who sought refuge inside a UN base in Akobo town, Jonglei State in South Sudan have been confirmed dead following an unprovoked attack on Thursday, 19 December. The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) made the announcement on Friday as it carried out aerial operations to evacuate civilians and staff members [...]

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Humanitarian community very concerned about situation in South Sudan: OCHA

Civilians fleeing fighting that broke out in recent days and seeking refuge wait outside a compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), in Bor.
Credit: UN Photo/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos

In South Sudan, fighting which started in Juba on 15 December has spread to several locations around the country, in particular to Bor in Jonglei State. An estimated 34,000 people displaced by the violence have sought refuge in UN bases in Juba, Bor and Bentiu. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) [...]

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Eliasson: Crisis in South Sudan needs to be resolved through dialogue

Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson

South Sudanese leaders and political personalities are being urged to appeal for calm and reign in their supporters. The Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, made the call on Thursday from UN headquarters in New York, warning that the violence could spread further in the country. The UN base in Akobo County, Jonglei state was attacked earlier [...]

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Ban deeply concerned by growing violence in parts of South Sudan

Civilians seeking refuge in the UNMISS compound in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, to flee violence. Photos: UNMISS/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned about continued reports of growing violence in many parts of South Sudan, human rights abuses and killings fuelled by ethnic tensions. In a statement, the Secretary-General has demanded that Government and opposition forces respect the rights of civilians and ensure their safety and security. He reminded them of their [...]

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UN urges CAR leaders to stop stoking violence on the basis of religion

Displaced civilians find shelter in a church in Bangui.© UNHCR/L.Wiseberg

United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says political leaders in the Central African Republic were manipulating religious differences in the country to incite civilians into violence. The high commissioner says these developments are extremely worrying and should ring alarm bells around the world for sustained and urgent efforts to be taken to prevent the [...]

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Nelson Mandela's legacy must be carried forward:UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Annie Lennox


Scottish musician Annie Lennox, International Goodwill Ambassador with UNAIDS, was in South Africa for a conference on AIDS when news broke that the country's former President Nelson Mandela had died. She said because Mandela's legacy of human rights and justice resonated with many people worldwide, it must be carried forward. Three mothers work to rebuild [...]

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Afghanistan's political and security transitions on track, says UN Envoy

Security Council Meeting onThe situation in Afghanistan.

Progress regarding Afghanistan's ambitious security, political and economic transitions continues and efforts are on track, according to the UN Special Representative for the country, Ján Kubiš. As Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Mr. Kubiš briefed the Security Council on Tuesday on the situation in the country. Afghanistan is slated to hold [...]

20 Dec 2013 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

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