News in Brief 13 March 2015 (AM)

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Elimination of death penalty in Suriname and Côte d'Ivoire welcomed by UN. Photo: UN/Staton Winter

Elimination of death penalty in Suriname and Côte d'Ivoire welcomed by UN

The adoption by the parliaments of Surname and Côte d'Ivoire of laws to abolish the death penalty has been welcomed by the UN human rights Office.

The UN human rights office expressed the hope that the presidents of the two countries will sign and promulgate the laws which were passed earlier this month.

Proposed calendar for Haiti elections welcomed by UN

A formal proposal of a calendar for elections in 2015 in Haiti has been welcomed by the UN Mission in the country.

The Provisional Electoral Council in Haiti has sent the proposed calendar for the long-awaited elections to President Michel Martelly for publication in the official gazette.

The UN says these elections are fundamentally important for Haiti and include votes for all local and municipal seats that have been delayed since 2011.

Security Council concludes mission to Africa

The UN Security Council on Friday concluded its four-day mission to Africa with a visit to Burundi.

The mission, which started on Tuesday, included the Central African Republic, where the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) was deployed in September 2014.

In the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa Council members met their counterparts in the African Union's Peace and Security Council to discuss hotspots on the continent.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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