News in Brief 20 February 2015 (AM)

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Rupert Colville akiongea mbele ya waandishi wa habari
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Russian authorities urged to release Ukrainian pilot

Russian authorities have been urged by the UN human rights office to release a Ukrainian pilot who has been detained in Moscow since July last year.

Nadiia Savchenko was captured by pro-Russian separatists who have been battling for control of eastern Ukraine.

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN human rights office says the pilot has been on hunger strike for 70 days now.

"According to her lawyer, she has now decided to refuse glucose injections which were supporting her until recently and we call on the Russian authorities to release her immediately on humanitarian grounds." (11")

Experts conclude mission to probe MERS Virus in Saudi Arabia

A team of experts are concluding their mission to assess the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome/Corona virus in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday.

Their mission followed reports of more than 40 cases of the virus in several locations, including some infections in health facilities.

WHO said there was significant improvement in areas such as data collection and surveillance but more work is needed to get information about how it spreads.

MERS affects both humans and animals.

Inclusion of rights of people with disabilities urged in new development agenda

The rights of persons with disabilities must be fully included in the new sustainable development goals that are expected to be adopted in September.

That's what a group of independent UN human rights experts told the Second Session of International Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda which has been taking place in New York this week.

The experts said that one billion people – 15 per cent of the world's population- have disabilities.

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