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WOMEN: "Corrective rape" should be recognized as a hate crime, says advocate

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“Corrective rape” is a huge problem in South Africa, according to the director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). Lesbians or gay men are often the targets of this crime, also called punitive rape, as a way of "curing" or "punishing" them for their sexual orientation. In the past 10 years [...]

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UN chief calls for coordinated support of Afghanistan's international partners

Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA

The United Nations Secretary-General has stressed the importance of coordinated international support for the peaceful and stable future of Afghanistan. Ban Ki-moon's message was delivered by the head of the UN Department of Political Affairs to the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at a meeting in Wales on Thursday. Afghanistan is going [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Protection of civilians is a priority in Libya, says OHCHR

A memorial in Misrata for some of the thousands killed during the 2011 Libyan civil war. Photo: IRIN/Heba Aly

All armed groups fighting in Libya need to ensure that the protection of civilians is a priority, according to the UN Human Right Office (OHCHR). Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN human rights office, says attacks are taking place in densely populated residential areas while necessary precautions are not in place to protect civilians. [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Boko Haram continues to abduct children in Nigeria, says a new report

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Children in north-eastern Nigeria continue to suffer at the hands of the Boko Haram militant Islamist organization, according to a new report launched at the United Nations on Thursday. The report has been compiled by Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, a network of international non-governmental organizations striving to protect children in war zones. Janine [...]

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First report on suicide prevention published by WHO


Suicide is a neglected public health problem, according to a doctor at the World Health Organization (WHO) who heads the Department of Violence, Injury prevention, and Disability. Dr Etienne Krug says that every year, 800,000 people commit suicide; that's one person every 40 seconds. On Thursday, WHO published its first global suicide prevention report. The [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

There are serious human rights abuses in Libya: UN report

Ravina Shamdasani. Photo: UN Multimedia

Serious human rights abuses are taking place in the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi which are mired in conflict by armed groups, according to a United Nations report released on Thursday. The joint report by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the UN Human Rights Office details accounts of civilian casualties, including [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN helping to protect human rights on the Internet


The internet should be open, free, secure and trustworthy, according to the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs. Thomas Gass said achieving this is one of the goals of the Internet Governance Forum, taking place in Istanbul from 2 to 5 September. This annual Forum, which has met since 2006, convenes to [...]

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UN Humanitarian Coordinator visits displaced people in Malakal, South Sudan

Malakal, South Sudan. OCHA@PHOTO

South Sudanese people displaced by fighting between government and opposition forces in Malakal town were visited by the UN humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Toby Lanzer on Thursday. Mr. Lanzer was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation of the Netherlands during a visit to the UN Protection of Civilians site in [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN CALLING ASIA: Poverty and inequality on the increase in Pacific


Poverty and inequality are on the increase in the Pacific according to a report released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The “State of Human Development in the Pacific” report reveals that one in four people on twelve Pacific Ocean islands are living below the poverty line. The findings have been released on the margins [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

WHO; more effort needed to reduce suicides worldwide


With more than 800,000 people dying each year as a result of suicide, the World Health Organisation is calling for coordinated action to reduce suicides worldwide. WHO says only about 28 countries are known to have national suicide prevention strategies. In its first global report on suicide prevention, WHO says reducing access to means of [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Africa is vulnerable to terrorism, says African Union official

Francisco Madeira. UN PHOTO

Terrorism is a common enemy for the African Union and the United Nations, and the UN is strongly committed to stepping up its cooperation with the AU and its Member States. That's the message that the UN Secretary-General sent to the African Union Peace and Security Council summit on terrorism held in the Kenyan capital, [...]

4 Sep 2014 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Sustainable development of SIDS a global litmus test

Transporting seedlings to the Maldive Islands. SIDS are highly dependent on agricultural imports. FAO@PHOTO

Through its new Blue Growth Initiative, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping small island developing states (SIDS) around the world sustainably use their aquatic resources. The goal is to advance food security, improve nutrition, and reduce poverty in vulnerable areas. During the 3rd International UN Conference on SIDS is taking place this [...]

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Small island nations start "drum roll of action" for key UN Climate Summit

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Small island nations meeting in Samoa have started a "drum roll of action" ahead of a key UN climate summit in New York later this month. That's according to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations  Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Christiana Figueres has been attending the 3rd UN conference on small island developing [...]

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