News in Brief 18 March 2015 (AM)

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Former President Mohamed Nasheed addresses the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly in 2009. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

UN concerned about "unfair" trial of former President of Maldives

Strong concerns have been expressed by the UN about the hasty and apparently unfair trial of the former President of the Maldives, Mohammed Nasheed.

He received a 13-year jail sentence for the unlawful detention of a criminal court judge in 2012.

The UN Human Rights chief said Mr Nasheed was sentenced following what has been described as a "rushed process" that appears to contravene the Maldives' own laws and practices as well as international fair trial standards.

The UN said the irregularities in this case can still be rectified in the appeal process.

Death of two peacekeepers in Mali is "tragic accident"

The members of the Security Council have expressed their regret at the death of two Dutch peacekeepers of the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, caused by what they called a "tragic accident".

The men died in a helicopter accident while travelling in the region of Gao.

The Security Council extended their deepest condolences to the Government the Netherlands and to the families of the peacekeepers.

UN conference hailed for providing access to people with disabilities

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction is being hailed by participants as the first international meeting of its kind to provide a wide range of accessibility features for people living with disabilities.

More than 200 persons with disabilities reportedly participated in the event.

The UN is aiming to demonstrate the feasibility of developing inclusive policies and set the tone for governments to expand their commitment to people with disabilities.

The five-day conference closed on Wednesday.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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