News in Brief 28 July 2015 (AM)

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Thousands of people, mainly women and children, are scattered across the arid land of Nguigimi, Niger, after fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria. Photo: WFP Niger/Vigno Hounkanli,

Continued threat of Boko Haram terrorists of concern to UN Security Council

Concern at the continued threat posed to international peace and security by the terrorist group Boko Haram was expressed by the UN Security Council on Tuesday.

The message was delivered in a statement by the Ambassador of New Zealand, who is acting as President of the 15-member Council for the month of July.

It strongly condemned deadly attacks that continue to be perpetrated by the terrorists, particularly against civilians.

It also acknowledged progress made on the ground in several African countries, including Chad, Niger and Nigeria, following regional joint military efforts in recent months to combat Boko Haram.

Contribution of US$10 million from Japan to Iraq

A contribution of US$10 million from the Government of Japan for live-saving activities in Iraq has been welcomed by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country.

Lise Grande said this will allow the United Nations to keep programmes open for the next several months.

On Monday, she had announced that 184 health facilities were being forced to close due to lack of funding, but this contribution will help keep many of these running.

Israel called on to stop the process of legalizing force-feeding

Israeli authorities have been called on by two UN human rights experts to stop the process of legalizing force-feeding and medical treatment of detainees on hunger strike against their will.

The call comes after a decision by Israel to continue the legislative process of a bill to amend the Prisons Act.

The independent experts warned that the bill is expected to primarily affect Palestinians held by Israel, including those in administrative detention.

The UN Special Rapporteur on torture underlined that feeding induced by threats, coercion, force or use of physical restraints of individuals are, even if intended for their benefit, tantamount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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