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Students perform at the UN to remember victims of slavery

Listen / Students perform at the United Nations (from left to right: Davia, Jovaughn, Kaleb and Khadija)

Seven students from different countries were selected to participate in a theatre workshop that focuses on creative writing and acting. The culmination of this project, directed by artist and educator Shelah Marie, is a performance at the UN's commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. [...]

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Technological progress may threaten freedom of expression

Listen / UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre]

Advances in technology may threaten freedom of expression across the world, the UN's cultural organization, UNESCO has warned. It says the "increasing control" of online content by Internet companies, such as search engines and social media networks, threatens transparency in the free flow of information. Launching the report, World Trends in Freedom of Expression and [...]

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Farming families "critical to the fight" against hunger and malnutrition in Africa

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Farming families in Africa have a critical role to play in the fight against hunger and malnutrition on the continent according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The organization has launched the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) as part of a global campaign to reinforce awareness and support for small scale and [...]

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Sexual violence victims in DRC need "justice and reparation"

Listen / Human Rights Council. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Helping victims gain justice and reparation remains a key element to combat sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to senior UN officials. Discussions at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva underlined how prevalent sexual and gender-based violence remains in the DRC, with sexual violence being used as a weapon [...]

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South Sudan "imploding": UN humanitarian official

Listen / John Ging

South Sudan is imploding under the weight of an ongoing conflict and a worsening humanitarian crisis according to a senior official of the United Nations humanitarian office, OCHA. Speaking after a visit to the country earlier in March, the OCHA Director of Operations, John Ging, said that five million people were in need of assistance. [...]

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Attack on Afghan election commission condemned

Listen / Farhan Haq

A deadly attack on the office of the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) in Kabul, has been condemned by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Two policemen were reportedly killed and two others injured in the attack which comes two weeks ahead of presidential and provincial council elections. UNAMA said that neither [...]

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World should not forget about the security of the people of Gaza

Listen / Filippo Grandi

The international community should not forget about the security of the people of Gaza according to the outgoing head of the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees. Filippo Grandi, the commissioner-general of UNRWA, said Israel and Egypt had legitimate security concerns but that the problems facing the 1.7 million Palestinians there remained. For the last [...]

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528 Egyptians sentenced to death after two-day trial

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The sentencing in Egypt of 528 people to death after a mass two-day trial has been described as "unprecedented" by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). It also said the trial was "rife with procedural irregularities" and in breach of international human rights law. The defendants, many of whom were not in court, were found [...]

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No accountability for sexual crimes in DR Congo

Listen / Residents of Rutshuru Territory flee their homes to seek safety in Goma. [UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti]

Armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo are not being held accountable for sexual crimes according to the UN Human Rights chief. Ms Navi Pillay said, sexual violence is used as a weapon of war, to intimidate local communities and to punish civilians for real or suspected collaboration with rival forces. She added that [...]

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7 million people die from air pollution in 2012

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Around 7 million people across the world died as a result of air pollution exposure in 2012 according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The death rate which equates to one in eight of total global deaths is more than double the previous estimates. WHO says the figure confirms that air pollution is now the [...]

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“Unprecedented” mass trial and death sentences in Egypt

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

The imposition of the death sentence on 528 people in Egypt on Monday is not only unprecedented in recent history, but also irregular and in breach of international human rights law, according to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The 528 defendants were convicted of various charges, including membership of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, incitement [...]

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59 Ebola deaths reported in Guinea

Listen / Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in Guinea - 23 March 2014 - WHO | Regional Office for Africa.

Fifty-nine people have died following an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the West African country of Guinea. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the deaths were reported in forested areas near the border with Sierra Leone and Liberia. WHO has sent a team to the affected areas to find out how the virus is [...]

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Victims of Transatlantic slave trade remembered

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"Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond" is the theme for this year’s  International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It pays tribute to the revolt by slaves in the French colony on the Island of Hispaniola which culminated in the abolition of slavery and establishment of the Republic [...]

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Film helps spotlight dangers of racism and prejudice

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A film which is helping to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice has been shown as part of the commemoration for the UN’s International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, marked each year on the 25th of March. The main actor in the film "Tey (Today)", [...]

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Immediate action needed to secure freedom and rights of UN personnel

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

There needs to be immediate action to secure the freedom and rights of United Nations and humanitarian personnel who are unlawfully detained and arrested. That's the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members. Mr. Ban says the world has become increasingly more dangerous for [...]

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