News in Brief 9 June 2015 (AM)

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Bernardino León. UN Photo (file) /Amanda Voisard

Libyan parties urged to begin progress towards reconciliation

There is a general sense of hope among Libyan parties who are engaged in the UN-facilitated dialogue in Morocco.

That's the assessment of the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino Léon.

A political draft agreement was shared with political parties on Monday evening and Mr Leon said more time is still needed to discuss its details.

Libya has been mired in sectarian violence since Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown nearly four years ago.

Many families in Yemeni capital leave homes fearing airstrikes

Ongoing fighting and airstrikes over the past 48 hours in Yemen have forced many families to leave the affected areas in the capital Sana'a according to UN humanitarian partners.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said figures related to displacement have not been verified but relief assistance has been sent to the Middle Eastern country.

"Over the past week, two vessels carrying supplies to support humanitarian operations arrived at the Port of Hudaydah. This included 7,000 metric tonnes of food supplies and over 450 metric tonnes of other aid supplies. In addition, 43,000 metric tonnes of fuel were delivered by commercial carriers to that port as well as Salif."

Tajikistan's efforts to address human rights supported by UN

Efforts by the government of Tajikistan to address key human rights challenges were underscored by the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday.

Ban Ki-moon spoke to reporters in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, where he attended an international conference on water and met with government officials.

He said that the adoption of a comprehensive human rights action plan could streamline Tajikistan's efforts to strengthen its national coordination mechanisms in cooperation with civil society.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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