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"Real solution" to South Sudan crisis in reconciliation: UN Official

Toby Lanzer

People in Melut County in South Sudan's Upper Nile State are under "severe stress" because of lack of food, water and shelter. That's according to a statement made by the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in the country following a visit to the area. Tens of thousands of civilians are seeking shelter in Melut from neighbouring [...]

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Long-term, rights-based approach to water crisis needed in Jordan

Catarina de Albuquerque.

There needs to be a holistic, rights-based approach to Jordan's water and sanitation strategies, according to a United Nations independent expert. The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, said that Jordan is at a critical moment as it struggles with severe water shortage issues. Wrapping [...]

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Vienna treaty body says no Malaysia plane explosion detected


A UN-backed treaty body has confirmed that it has not detected an explosion or crash which could be linked to the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight. Flight MH 370 went missing over a week ago with 239 people on board on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization [...]

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UN Daily News 17 March 2014

News and features from United Nations Radio.

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North Korea dismisses human rights report as "fabrication"

SO Se Pyong

North Korea has categorically rejected a report by the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on human rights in the country, dismissing it as mere "fabrication". The report published on 17 March found "systematic and widespread and grave human rights violations" occurring in the country and it also found an array of disturbing crimes against humanity. Jocelyne [...]

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Terrorists should not “deprive Afghan voters of their future”

Ján Kubiš

Terrorists should not be allowed to deprive Afghan voters of their future according to Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan. In less than three weeks' time Afghanistan is scheduled to hold Presidential and Provincial Council elections, paving the way for the country’s first-ever peaceful democratic transfer of power. Briefing the Security Council on Monday, [...]

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UN chief "deeply disappointed" by referendum in Crimea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has said he is deeply disappointed and concerned by a decision by the Ukrainian region of Crimea to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. A referendum which was held in Crimea on Sunday to decide the future of the region, was described as illegal by much of the [...]

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Iran urged to increase age of criminal responsibility for children


Iran has been urged by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility for young people. Currently, girls aged nine and boys aged 15 can be held criminally responsible. Iran has recently revised its Islamic Penal Code with new provisions to protect children from the death sentence, a move welcomed [...]

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Global database for land usage released by FAO

Croplands cover 12.6 percent of the Earth's surface. FAO@PHOTO

An overview of land cover and land use across the world has been gathered for the first time in a database released by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Global Land Cover SHARE database provides a comprehensive overview of how much land is covered, for example, by crops, trees or land which is [...]

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North Korea rejects report on human rights violations

Commission of Inquiry

North Korea has rejected as mere fabrication, the report by the Independent Commission of Inquiry set up to examine human rights violations in the country. North Korea's representative in Geneva, So Se Pyong said the witnesses who testified before the commission were defectors and criminals who had escaped from the country. He accused the United [...]

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People with albinism call for way to promote their rights

Ikponwosa Ero (left) at the Human Rights Council.

People with albinism are facing a "unique" and "complicated" situation that needs special policies and laws. That's the view of a person with albinism and International Advocate Officer for a non-governmental organization called Under the Same Sun which protects the rights of people with albinism. Ikponwosa Ero who is originally from Nigeria and now lives [...]

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Syrians "must choose between surrender and starvation"

Syrian child struggling to stay warm – UNHCR@PHOTO

More than 250,000 people who are living in besieged cities in Syria are being forced to choose between surrender and starvation. That's according to the Commission of Inquiry on Syria which is due to report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. Syria has been at civil war for the past three [...]

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