News in Brief 22 June 2015 (AM)

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Rick Bajornas

Recent Afghanistan attacks a "callous disregard" for life

Monday's assault against the Afghan parliament has been strongly condemned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as yet another unacceptable attack on civilians in the country.

The attack follows the killing last week of 16 civilians who were travelling in a minibus which struck an improvised explosive device. Stephane Dujarric is UN Spokesperson.

"The attacks demonstrate a callous disregard for the lives of all Afghans, including women and children, who had already been forced to flee their homes. They undermine efforts aimed at building a stronger, more prosperous Afghanistan."

The Secretary-General extended his condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the attacks, and reiterated his unwavering support to the people of Afghanistan.

Specific legal obligations needed to fight violence against women and girls

A UN human rights expert has called for the creation of a legally binding framework on violence against women.

Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, says this would ensure countries are held accountable while also protecting women and girls globally.

Ms Manjoo has presented her latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

It provides an overview of legally binding provisions on violence against women in human rights systems in Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Security Council urged to protect civilians under Islamic State control

Also from Geneva:

The Security Council has been urged to take effective action to enforce international law and protect civilians in areas under the control of the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.

The call comes from Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of human rights while countering terrorism, speaking in the Human Rights Council.

Emmerson presented a report which describes how there has been "clear evidence" of persecution and summary execution of religious and ethnic minorities on a mass scale, among other atrocities by ISIL.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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