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Parties to Ukraine conflict urged to exercise restraint: UN

Listen / Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefs the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

All sides to the conflict in Ukraine are being urged to exercise maximum restraint and to return to the negotiating table, the UN political chief told members of the Security Council on Friday. Jeffrey Feltman said the recent developments in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine threatened to further destabilize the country, the region, [...]

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CAR to be supported on "path to dignity, prosperity and social peace"

Listen / Herve Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.  UN Photo/Ryan Brown

The people of the Central African Republic will be supported by the UN in their efforts to build dignity, prosperity and social peace in the country. The pledge was made by the Under-Secretary-General of UN peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, who is touring the conflict-affected country. Fighting between mainly Muslim and Christian communities has fuelled a [...]

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Women-led organization provides education in Afghanistan

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An organization led by woman has been working for 20 years to provide education in Afghanistan. Working underground when the country was ruled by the Taliban, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has provided teacher training and supported education for girls and boys. The organization, which has also delivered health services to women and children, [...]

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People returning home in Mali need relief aid

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Thousands of people in Mali who were displaced by a crisis that started with a coup in March 2012 are now returning home. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says it follows an improvement in the security situation in the north of the country. Many of the people returning home are in need of assistance [...]

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Ethiopia's 'war against terror' used to silence journalists: Pillay

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The fight against terrorism in Ethiopia cannot be used as an excuse to intimidate and silence journalists, bloggers, activists and members of civil society organizations. That's what Navi Pillay, the UN human rights chief said on the eve of World Press Freedom Day celebrated on 3 May. She expressed concern over the recent wave of [...]

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UN calls for "immediate moratorium" on US death penalty

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An "immediate moratorium" on the use of the death penalty in the United States has been called for by the UN after a bungled execution of a man in the state of Oklahoma. Clayton Lockett was taken to the execution chamber on Tuesday but the lethal drugs that were injected into a vein did not [...]

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Call for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty after Oklahoma execution

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says that the suffering of a prisoner during his execution in Oklahoma in the US this week may amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, according to international human rights law. Clayton Lockett had been sentenced to death for shooting a 19-year-old woman and watching as two accomplices [...]

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UN envoy condemns "reprehensible" killings of Afghan civilians

Listen / Mark Bowden, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Indiscriminate attacks that maim and kill civilians may amount to war crimes, the Deputy Envoy for Afghanistan warned on Friday. Mark Bowden made the statement after Thursday's suicide car bombing in the province of Panjshir that took the lives of 15 people, including seven civilians. More than a dozen people were injured, including civilians, with [...]

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Palestine adopts significant human rights treaties

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From today, the State of Palestine is bound by international human rights standards, having brought into force five treaties, with two others coming into effect in July. The treaties include the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on [...]

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Turkish journalist Şik wins Cano World Press Freedom Prize

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A Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Şik has been designated as the winner of the 2014 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The prize, named after a  Colombian newspaper reporter who was murdered in 1986, is awarded by UNESCO to a person, organization or institution making a significant contribution to the defence of press freedom [...]

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Media in Central African Republic respond to changing news agenda

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Journalists in the Central African Republic are being encouraged to report stories which reflect the changing needs of the country's people. Ethnic violence has spread across CAR over the last year and a half. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and hundreds of thousands of others have been forced to flee their [...]

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WOMEN: Women-led organization provides education in Afghanistan

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An organization led by woman has been working for 20 years to provide education in Afghanistan. Working underground when the country was ruled by the Taliban, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has provided teacher training and supported education for girls and boys. The organization, which has also delivered health services to women and children, [...]

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Relocation of populations at risk last resort decision: Ladsous

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The relocation to safe areas of people affected by ongoing internal conflict in the Central African Republic will be a last resort according to the UN peacekeeping chief. Hervé Ladsous, is in the country on his first visit since the Security Council authorized a new peacekeeping mission. He said his aim was to make the [...]

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UN CALLING ASIA: Bollywood music video recognises rights of LGBT people

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A Bollywood-style music video which presses for the recognition of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) is being launched in India by the UN human rights office. It's part of a global campaign to raise awareness of homophobic violence and discrimination.  It comes just after the decision of the Indian Supreme [...]

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