News in Brief 28 July 2015 (PM)

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Boys hold shrapnel from exploded artillery shells while standing on a street damaged by blasts in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Mohamed Hamoud

Largest single attack in Yemen kills 55 civilians

The largest single attack in Yemen since the escalation of the conflict in March has killed at least 55 civilians, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The attack took place in Al Mukha District in the Taizz Governorate.

WHO says the number of deaths is likely to increase as more bodies are recovered from the rubble, where an unknown number of people have been trapped for more than 36 hours.

Verdicts handed down in Libya to former officials of concern to UN

Concern has been expressed by the UN human rights office, OHCHR, over the verdicts and sentences handed down in Libya in the trial of former officials that worked under President Muammar al-Qhadafi, who was overthrown and killed in 2011.

The UN says the verdicts include the imposition of the death penalty against a number of them.

According to media reports, this includes his son.

Here's UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.

"The human rights office says that although it is crucial to ensure accountability for serious human rights violations, the administration of justice needs to be done with scrupulous adherence to international fair trial standards and with full respect for the rights of the defendants. The office stresses that the UN opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances."

Dominican Republic urged to prevent arbitrary deportations and racial profiling

Dominican Republic authorities have been called on by UN experts to take steps to prevent arbitrary deportations and to address allegations of racial profiling of people of Haitian descent.

Some 19,000 people have reportedly left the Dominican Republic for Haiti since 21 June due to fear.

Many of them missed a deadline to regularize their immigration status.

The UN is warning there have been difficulties in obtaining necessary documents to register for the naturalization and regularization process, as well as a lack of information on the deportation plan.

Maria Carlino, United Nations

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