News in Brief 26 June 2015 (AM)

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Nicholas Kay. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

Support and solidarity for Somalia after deadly attack on AU peacekeepers

An attack by Al-Shabaab militants which killed Burundian peacekeepers serving with the African Union in Somalia has been condemned by the top UN official in the country.

Nicholas Kay, the UN Secretary-General's representative for Somalia, extended condolences to the families of the victims, saying that these "brave peacekeepers" had sacrificed their lives as part of efforts to bring peace and stability to the east African country.

He also expressed support for the people of Somalia and solidarity with the African Union mission serving there.

Human rights expert urges international support for CAR peace efforts

The international community is being asked to step up efforts to help the Central African Republic (CAR) realize a transition to peace.

Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, a UN independent expert on the country's human rights situation, says the CAR has demonstrated its commitment to peace and national reconciliation and should be supported.

This follows the recent adoption of a road map signed by rival armed groups and the transitional authorities after two years of violence between Muslim and Christian communities.

Financial debt expert on mission to China

The human rights implications of China's financial loans to other nations will be the focus of a UN official's visit to the country next week.

Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, UN independent expert on foreign debt, will assess how China's international lending contributes to the realization of economic, social and cultural rights in countries that borrow.

China has become a major financer for global development and infrastructure projects.

The UN independent expert will learn more about efforts by the government and financial institutions to avoid negative human rights impacts in their lending.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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