News in Brief 5 June 2015 (AM)

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Palestinian Bedouin community. UNRWA PHOTO.

Israel urged to abandon plans to forcibly transfer Bedouins

Israel has been urged to abandon plans to forcibly transfer Palestinian Bedouin communities in the occupied West Bank.

UN Special Rapporteur, Makarim Wibisono, said the imminent "forced eviction and forcible transfer of thousands of people" was contrary to international human rights and humanitarian law.

The UN Human Rights Council heard in March that an estimated two thirds of those who would be affected by the transfer plans are children.

Libyan political dialogue set for Monday in Morocco

A new round of Libyan political talks will begin in Skhirat, Morocco on Monday, according to the UN mission in Libya, UNSMIL.

Violence and insecurity in the North African country is continuing and has led to massive population displacements and an increase in humanitarian needs.

The meeting in Skhirat will discuss a new draft of a political agreement which it's hoped will bring peace to the country.

Niger first country to ratify UN forced labour convention

Niger has become the first country to ratify a protocol to a United Nations forced labour convention

The protocol, adopted by the UN last year, aims to address gaps in implementation of the convention.

The International Labour Organization, ILO estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour around the world, generating approximately US$150 billion a year in illicit profits.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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