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UN human rights office concerned about anti-gay bill in Uganda

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The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by the Ugandan Parliament on Friday, 20 December. In a statement on Friday, the UN human rights office says it's deeply concerned about the measure. It says the lesbian, gay, bisexual and [...]

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UN chief and French president discuss grave situation in Central African Republic

Listen / Displaced people living in UNHCR tents at the Bangui Airport, Central African Republic (CAR), where they found shelter from the violence. Photo: UNHCR/S. Phelps

The grave situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) was the focus of talks between UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President François Hollande. They noted that this is a complex emergency affecting the whole population, in particular women and children from all communities. A statement from the Spokespersons' office says the Secretary-General expressed particular [...]

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Security situation in Upper Nile and Unity States tense: UNMISS

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reports that approximately 63,000 civilians are now sheltering in UN bases around the country. A breakdown of the number shows that 25,000 are in two Juba bases; 15,000 in Bor, 12,000 in Bentiu and 8,000 in Malakal. UN peacekeepers continue to protect civilians in these locations, while [...]

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UN anti-trafficking expert visits Italy to rekindle fight against the trade

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Sexual exploitation, especially involving women from Nigeria and Eastern Europe, is the most prevalent and documented form of trafficking in Italy. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children went on a 10 day official visit to Italy, where she met with local government officials and civil society. [...]

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Caribbean States urged to promote the region as one destination in 2014

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"My Christmas wish for the Caribbean tourism sector is that we commit to promoting the region as one destination throughout 2014; that we would each commit a percentage of our annual tourism budgets… towards the marketing of a strong Caribbean brand so that the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, can bolster our campaign for the region's [...]

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

UN rights expert urges the Bahamas to adopt an effective national plan to fight trafficking in persons

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The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is being urged to develop and implement as soon as possible, a national action plan based on a human rights and victim-centered approach to effectively fight the growing problem of human trafficking. The call comes from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo. She said [...]

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UN Daily News 27 December 2013

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UN human rights office urges Ugandan President not to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

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The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern about the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by the Ugandan Parliament on Friday, 20 December. It warns that if the bill becomes law, it would have a detrimental effect not only on the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of [...]

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UN hospital is overwhelmed by displaced people in South Sudan

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Displaced people in South Sudan are receiving medical assistance at an overwhelmed hospital run by the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMISS). That's according to the head of UNMISS, Hilde Johnson during her latest press briefing as inter-communal violence continued in the new nation. She told reporters that on Thursday she visited some of [...]

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UN rights expert appeals for calm amid growing demonstrations in Cambodia

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An expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia on Friday reiterated his call for calm and restraint as demonstrations are now taking place daily in Phnom Penh. UN Special Rapporteur Surya P. Subedi, said "Demonstrations such as those of recent days and weeks are a new sight in Cambodia, adding: he was "pleased [...]

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Top UN official for Lebanon condemns Beirut car bombing and assassination of former Lebanese minister

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UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly has expressed shock and is deeply saddened by the car bombing in Beirut, Friday morning that killed former Minister Mohammad Chattah and at least five others. He described Mohamed Chattah as a good friend, and a wise, courageous and patriotic man, who had consistently sought to promote dialogue [...]

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Thousands displaced by the acute crisis in South Sudan since mid-December

Listen / Civilians seeking protection at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound adjacent to Juba International Airport.Credit: UN Photo/Rolla Hinedi

More than 120 – thousand people have been displaced by the acute crisis in South Sudan since mid-December, but the total number is likely to be higher, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It says aid agencies have very little  information about displacement outside the main population centres. Humanitarian responders [...]

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UNHCR shocked by another attack affecting Camp Hurriya in Iraq

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has strongly condemned Thursday night's attack on the Baghdad International Airport Zone, during which a number of rockets landed on Camp Hurriya – reportedly killing three and injuring many more in the camp. At least four camp residents who sustained serious injuries were reportedly rushed to hospitals in Baghdad by [...]

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INDONESIA #52: FOKUS FOKUS KITA

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Memorial ceremony held for Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan

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A memorial ceremony was held in the South Sudanese capital of Juba, to honour two Indian peacekeepers who died protecting civilians during an unprovoked attack inside a UN base in Akobo town, Jonglei State. Scores of people gathered before two coffins, covered by India's national flag. Child-friendly spaces offer oasis for displaced children in the [...]

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