News in Brief 17 August 2015 (AM)

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MINUSCA, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), on patrol in the capital Bangui. UN File Photo/Catianne Tijerina

UNICEF staff meet Central African girl, reported victim of rape

Staff from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have met with a young girl in the Central African Republic who was reportedly raped by a UN police officer.

The head of UNICEF, Anthony Lake, said the agency is providing her with what he called "every possible help," including medical assistance and psychological support.

He added that while respecting the integrity of the investigation into the incident, it is clear that this child has endured what he described as "a most brutal ordeal".

The announcement follows action at the highest levels of the UN after allegations of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers serving in the Central African Republic were revealed by the human rights group Amnesty International.

Deadly bomb attack in Pakistan condemned by UN Secretary-General

A bomb attack on Sunday in the Attock district in Pakistan’s Punjab Province has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

In a statement, Ban Ki-moon said he was saddened to learn that the attack had killed more than a dozen people, including Punjab’s home minister, Shuja Khanzada.

He added that nothing justifies terrorism, and that he hopes the perpetrators will be brought to justice swiftly.

Iran urged to released Washington Post journalist

The Iranian government has been urged by UN human rights experts to immediately release the Washington Post's correspondent in Tehran, Jason Rezaian.

The journalist is currently awaiting verdict after his fourth and possible final hearing last week.

The independent experts said the arrest, detention and secret trial of Mr Rezaian violate his rights and intimidate all those working in the media in Iran.

Iranian authorities detained Mr Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, over a year ago, though she was subsequently released.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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