News in Brief 2 June 2015 (PM)

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More than 100,000 Burundians have fled over the past month, arriving in Tanzania, Rwanda and the DRC. Photo: UNHCR/F. Scoppa

Consultations in Burundi aim to resume political dialogue

Consultations are taking place in Burundi between the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and Burundian stakeholders, with a view to resuming the consultative political dialogue.

Civil unrest broke out in the capital Bujumbura in April following the President's announcement to run for a third term.

The UN Spokesperson is Stéphane Dujarric.

"We reiterate our call for security forces to exercise maximum restraint in their management of public demonstrations and stress the rights of Burundians to express their views, and urge them to do so peacefully."

Somalia urged to keep setting measures to improve human rights

The Federal Government of Somalia has been urged by a UN independent expert to continue improving the human rights situation in the Horn of Africa country.

Bahame Nyanduga is calling on the Somali authorities to ensure civil society and the media can enjoy freedom of expression.

Here is Mr Nyanduga.

"Journalists suffer a lot of harassment and in some cases imprisonment and also quite a number have been killed because of their work."

Major loss of life in China "deeply saddening"

The major loss of life as a result of a passenger ship accident on the Yangtze river in China has deeply saddened the UN chief.

In a statement, Ban Ki-moon extended his condolences to the families of the victims and sent his deep sympathies to the Government and people of China.

He added that he hopes more survivors will be found.

Suicide bombing in Libya condemned

A suicide bombing in Libya that took place earlier this week near Misrata has been condemned by the UN Support Mission in the country, UNSMIL.

The Mission says the attack clearly aims to undermine the ongoing dialogue process, which is at a crucial juncture.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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