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Refugees "traumatized" by horrors in CAR

Listen / One of the many malnourished children arriving in eastern Cameroon from Central African Republic.© UNHCR/D.Mbaiorem

Refugees arriving in Eastern Cameroon after fleeing violence in the Central African Republic have been traumatized by horrific experiences according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Many have witnessed killings and lost members of their family. Eighty per cent of the people who have recently arrived in Cameroon are also suffering from conditions such as [...]

14 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WOMEN: Countries urged to look at gender equality challenges ahead of 2015 MDG deadline

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The international community is being asked to look at what can be done to improve gender equality and women's rights ahead of the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals.  The MDGs are a set of internationally agreed targets to halve world poverty and include specific targets on equality and the empowerment of women as [...]

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UN Chief warns of "dangerous downward spiral" in Ukraine

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine.UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General has warned of a downward spiral in the Ukraine conflict if all the parties concerned continue to harden their positions and sharpen their rhetoric. In a briefing to the press, Mr. Ban Ki-moon urged the parties to avoid provocation and any hasty decisions in the coming days. He encouraged them to engage [...]

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Navi Pillay becomes first UN rights chief to visit Nigeria

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Widespread poverty and an increasingly brutal conflict in the north-east of Nigeria are just some of the daunting challenges the West African country is currently facing. That's according to a statement released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay is on a four-day [...]

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Syrians enter fourth year of conflict and suffering

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The conflict in Syria is entering its fourth year with no sign of an end to the suffering it is inflicting on Syrians within and outside the country. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict which has also left over 9 million others in urgent need of humanitarian assistance within the country. [...]

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Another "blood-soaked" milestone for people of Syria deplores UN Chief

Listen / Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The people of Syria have crossed another "blood-soaked" milestone, said the Secretary-General as he marked the country's fourth year into the conflict. Ban Ki-moon was briefing reporters following a General Assembly meeting, which was also attended by Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. He made [...]

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Burundi "cannot afford" to miss opportunity for fair elections in 2015: Ban

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The UN Secretary-General has warned Burundi's authorities that the country "cannot afford" to miss an opportunity to consolidate its democratic gains. Burundi is recovering from decades of ethnic war and is scheduled to hold elections in 2015. In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Mr. Ban Ki-moon deplored the growing restrictions on the freedom of [...]

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Human rights violations continue in Iran despite official pledges for reform

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The new Iranian government is yet to live up to its pledges to strengthen and promote the respect for human rights, according to a report tabled before the UN Human Rights Council. The report cites widespread human rights violations including discrimination, the right to life, a clamp down on the enjoyment of the freedom of [...]

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UN human rights team deployed to Ukraine to monitor violations

Listen / Ivan Šimonović. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The United Nations is deploying a human rights monitoring team throughout Ukraine to help establish the facts surrounding human rights violations, including in Crimea, and de-escalate tensions in the country. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović who is currently in Ukraine says there was a need to have an objective and independent establishment [...]

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"Justice for All" in the Caribbean to combat HIV/AIDS

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The Caribbean is the first region in the world expected to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. Edward Greene, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for AIDS in the Caribbean, highlighted this success during his last visit to UN Headquarters. However, he noted that Haiti is the region's "major hiccup", with 100 deaths due to mother-to-child [...]

14 Mar 2014 | Posted in Caribbean News, Today's Features | Read More »

UNCA: New strategies needed to achieve gender equality at work

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Improving women’s working lives will require new strategies and concrete action, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). The agency notes that many countries have incorporated the principle of equality and non-discrimination into their national legislation —but millions of women still face barriers at the workplace. ILO’s Sandra Kuchen reflects on the progress made around [...]

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New shelter design for displaced people being tested in South Sudan

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Keeping displaced people comfortable, safe and healthy in temporary camps is one of the key challenges facing humanitarian agencies in South Sudan. Over 850,000 people have been displaced in the country since December following an outbreak of hostilities between the government and rebels. Extreme weather including high winds and rain leading to flooding has tested [...]

14 Mar 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Pardon of political prisoners is Myanmar's most significant achievement: UN rights envoy

Listen / A mother and her children stand in their small hut in a camp for displaced people in Rakhine State. Credit: OCHA/Michelle Delaney

The release of Myanmar's prisoners of conscience has been one of the most significant achievements by the Government regarding human rights. Over 1,100 prisoners were freed following 15 presidential amnesties, according to the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomás Ojea Quintana conducted his ninth and [...]

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UN envoy sees progress and challenges in fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa

Listen / In Lesotho, A woman holds the AIDS anti-retroviral treatment medicine for her granddaughter. Photo: IRIN/Eva-Lotta Jansson

Africa has made strides in keeping the rate of new HIV infections low, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Specioza Wandira Kazibwe says that there has been a reduction in mother-to child-transmission of HIV and that more than 7 million people are eligible for anti-retroviral treatment. UN Radio's Joshua Mmali [...]

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Opportunity for change in Myanmar, but challenges remain

Listen / Tomas Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.

People in Myanmar see an opportunity for change after years of military rule, according to the UN special envoy on human rights in the country. Presenting his final report to the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday, Mr. Tomás Ojea Quintana acknowledged however that "serious human rights issues" remained. The country is undergoing a process [...]

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International community should accept "inadequacies" of response to North Korea atrocities

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The international community should accept the "inadequacies" of its response to atrocities which have reportedly been carried out in North Korea, according to a UN Commission of Inquiry. The Commission's report on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), is due to be formally presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. It [...]

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