News in Brief 18 September 2015 (PM)

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Chair of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances Ariel Dulitzky. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Governments have more information on mobile phones than on disappeared people

Many governments around the world have more information on the number of mobile phones in their country than on the number of disappeared people.

That's according to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.

Meeting in Geneva the expert group called on all states to prioritize investigating the fate or whereabouts of people who are reportedly disappeared.

It urged countries to start by first recognizing the issue and then determining its exact extent through the gathering of clear and reliable records.

World must not forget Palestinians in Syria: UN Official

The plight of Palestinians in Syria "must not be forgotten" the head of the agency responsible for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, has said.

The agency's Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl visited Homs and Damascus this week where he met with refugees, UNRWA staff and government officials.

As the conflict in Syria drags on, Krähenbühl said Palestinians continue to endure what he called "unbearable suffering".

Release of top official in Burkina Faso welcomed

The release of Transitional President Michel Kafando in Burkina Faso has been welcomed by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

The President and other top transitional authorities in the country, including Prime Minister Isaac Zida, were detained when the military seized power on Thursday.

The coup d'état came just a few weeks before planned elections in that country.

Both the Secretary-General and the UN Security Council strongly condemned the move and demanded the immediate release of those held.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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