UN CALLING ASIA: "Staggering array" of human rights abuses committed by ISIL in northern Iraq: UN report

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Ravina Shamdasani (video capture)

A "staggering array" of gross human rights abuses have been committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern Iraq, according to a recent report. Compiled by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Human Rights Office, it describes violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, reportedly committed by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and affiliated armed groups during the same period. Derrick Mbatha discussed the report with Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

Saving the Pacific’s Tuna

Tuna (UNTV video capture)

In the Western and Central Pacific tuna fish are a part of the culture – and a multi-billion dollar business. They are eaten everywhere around the world – and they are becoming easier and easier to catch. Now with modern technology, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is encouraging the Pacific to track its fish stock to avoid depletion. Ransford Cline-Thomas has more.

Yukari Kayama. UN Photo

Japan needs a central structure so that the voices of young people can be taken into account, according to a Japanese delegate to a major conference on youth policies. Yukari Kayama is attending the Global Youth Forum which is under way this week in Baku, Azerbaijan. She said the government of Japan is doing what she described as "very good" research on youth issues. Basma Bitar-Baghal has been speaking with Ms Kayama.

Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix

Production Assistant: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10'00"

 

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