News in Brief 25 August 2015 (AM)

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A crowd of people in Nepal. UN Photo/Sagar Shrestha

Concern over rising political violence in Nepal

Reports of continuing political violence in Nepal have raised the concern of the UN human rights office, OHCHR.

Seven members of the security forces and three protesters were reportedly killed on Monday while five more protesters were killed earlier this month.

Violent demonstrations and strikes have swept the country since political parties reached an agreement on 8 August to redraw internal state boundaries.

OHCHR said there is a clear risk the rising violence will spiral out of control unless all sides change their approach and arrive at a peaceful resolution.

Secretary-General and French President discuss climate change

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met on Tuesday with the President of France, François Hollande, during a visit to the country's capital, Paris.

They discussed the latest developments in the lead up to the Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, known as COP-21.

Here's UN Spokesperson Vanina Maestracci.

"They discussed the next steps that have to be taken to ensure that there is an ambitious outcome when leaders meet in Paris at the end of the year. And they for instance talked about different ways and the importance of making sure that heads of states and government are truly engaged on the issue of climate change."

Return of Maldives former president to prison a "serious setback" 

The return of former Maldives president Mohammad Nasheed to prison on Sunday has been described as a "serious setback" for human rights by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein expressed deep concern to the government of the South Asian island nation and urged it to consider an early release of the former president.

The government moved Mr Nasheed to house arrest after widespread criticism over what the High Commissioner called a "clearly flawed" trial which led to his 13-year jail sentence in March.

Maria Carlino, United Nations.

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