News in Brief 24 March 2015 (PM)

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Sanctions against Iran remains in effect as nuclear talks continue

The sanctions imposed by the Security Council on Iran will remain in full effect as talks continue to resolve the country's nuclear programme issue.

That's what the Chairman of the Security Council Iran Sanctions Committee, Ambassador Roman Oyarzun of Spain, told the Council on Tuesday.

Representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany, known as P5+1 are negotiating with Iranian officials in Lausanne, Swizterland to ensure that Iran's nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

Warring parties in Yemen urged to immediately cease hostilities

Warring parties in Yemen have been urged by the top United Nations envoy to the country to immediately cease all hostilities.

Jamal Benomar has returned to the country's capital Sana'a after a visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar to consult with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Mr. Benomar has also resumed negotiations with all 12 political parties, including the Houthis whose fighters are battling with government forces.

Call made for uncovering of human rights violations of the past

Uncovering the truth of human rights violations of the past can help prevent human rights abuses in the future.

That's the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day for the Right to Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.

The day is observed on 24th March each year, the anniversary of the murder in 1980 of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero who was considered an icon for human rights and social justice in El Salvador.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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