News in Brief 09 April 2015 (PM)

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Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Warring parties in Yemen warned about war crimes

Attacks on protected civilians and sites in the ongoing conflict in Yemen could constitute war crimes.

This warning has come from Adama Dieng, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and Jennifer Welsh, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect.

The two Special Advisers have expressed shock that protected groups such as health workers and civilian amenities such as medical and education facilities as well as private homes have been hit by indiscriminate attacks.

UN chief leaves New York to attend two major meetings.

The UN Secretary-General left New York on Thursday afternoon to attend two major meetings.

Ban Ki-moon told reporters at UN Headquarters that he will first attend the Summit of the Americas in Panama which starts on Friday.

"Thereafter, I will be visiting Doha, Qatar, to participate in the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.  I will return to New York Monday morning." (13")

Freedom of movement for people living with HIV in Belarus welcomed by UN

The confirmation by the Government of Belarus that it does not apply restrictions on the entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV has been welcomed by the UN Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

The agency notes that Belarus also provides foreign nationals equal access to health care services, including antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV.

UNAIDS says that the announcement signals that Belarus aligns its HIV-related laws and policies with international public health and human rights standards.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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