News in Brief 16 April 2015 (PM)

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

South African government urged to protect victims of xenophobia

The South African government has been urged by the UN to protect victims of xenophobic violence.

Six foreign migrant workers were reportedly killed over the last two weeks following attacks which began in the city of Durban.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"Whilst acknowledging efforts made by the Government of South Africa in response to the xenophobic violence in the country, the UN is also concerned about populations that have been displaced as a result of this violence and encourages the Government to provide adequate protection to all affected persons, including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers."

UN-facilitated talks on Libya reconvene

A new round of UN-facilitated talks on Libya has convened in Skhirat, Morocco.

The North African country has been mired in factional fighting since Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown four years ago.

The UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) says that significant progress was achieved in earlier talks to resolve the conflict.

Director of UN crime institute appointed

The UN Secretary-General has appointed Cindy Smith of the United States as Director of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

Ms Smith will succeed Jonathan Lucas of Seychelles.

She is currently Senior Coordinator for International Programmes in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the United States Department of State.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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