News in Brief 18 February 2015 (AM)

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Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed briefs the press. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Iran urged to stop execution of juvenile offender

Authorities in Iran have been urged by UN independent human rights experts to immediately halt the execution of a juvenile offender.

According to reports, Saman Nassem was 17 years old when he was arrested and sentenced to death in 2012 for so-called crimes against God.

He is scheduled to be executed by hanging on Thursday.

Abduction of children with albinism in Tanzania cause concern at UN

The abduction of children with albinism in Tanzania's Lake Zone has been condemned by the UN.

In December Pendo, a child with albinism was abducted and has not been found and on Sunday one year old Yohana Bahati was abducted in Geita Region of Tanzania.

Body parts of people with albinism in the East African country are sold for witchcraft.

Thousands of drought victims in Cape Verde get aid

Thousands of people in Cape Verde whose food security and livelihoods are threatened by drought will receive assistance from the UN agriculture agency.

An agreement for half a million U.S. dollars has been signed by the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the country's Prime Minister in Rome.

FAO will provide food crop seeds, animal feed and drip irrigation equipment to over, 8,200 rural households affected by drought on the Atlantic archipelago.

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