News in Brief 25 June 2015 (AM)

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Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, briefs journalists. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Ivorian force commanders' commitment to fight sexual violence welcomed by UN expert

Nearly 50 force commanders with the Cote d'Ivoire army have signed a commitment to fight against sexual violence, a move that's been welcomed by a senior UN official working to stamp out this scourge.

Zeinab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said this is another concrete step by the country to consolidate post-conflict gains.

The Ivorian force commanders have also committed to ensuring respect for international human rights within all units under their command.

Security Council urges more support for Yemen humanitarian appeal

The international community is being encouraged by the UN Security Council to contribute to a humanitarian appeal for Yemen.

The Council expressed concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country where more than 20 million are in need.

It has welcomed a US$1.6bn appeal for Yemen but is calling on countries to contribute as it is only around 10 per cent funded.

Human rights expert concerned about Uganda NGO bill

Ugandan legislators are being urged to hold meaningful consultations with civil society on a bill that aims to regulate non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

UN human rights expert Maina Kiai is concerned that some of the bill's provisions severely restrict the right to freedom of association.

He said the proposed regulation also could affect NGOs' access to public funding.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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