News in Brief 23 October 2015 (PM)

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Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, has been rocked by political violence for months. Photo: Phil Moore/IRIN

"Rapidly-worsening" security conditions in Burundi

Security conditions are worsening in Burundi, while human rights violations increase, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

A spokesperson for OHCHR said they were "particularly shocked" at the summary execution of nine people earlier this month, reportedly by police forces in the capital, Bujumbura.

Among the victims were a UN staff member and a public radio employee.

At least 198 people have been killed since April, as ethnic and political unrest continues, together with divisions between parts of the army.

Religious rights for children matter too, says UN Rapporteur

Respect religious freedom as a right, says the UN's Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.

Heiner Bielefeldt called on all governments represented at the UN General Assembly to respect faith practices of minorities in particular.

He pointed to the example of girls from religious minorities, who may be abducted and forced to convert, which has become a major problem in the era of terrorist groups like Boko Haram and ISIL.

He also called on religious leaders to end harmful practices inflicted on children.

All-star line-up announced for UN football match

David Beckham and Ronaldinho will be among the global football stars playing in aid of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) next month.

The David Beckham Match for Children will feature a British and Irish team managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, up against a Rest of the world XI, captained by the legendary Zinedine Zidane.

Kick-off is on November 14th, to raise awareness of UNICEF's work for the world's most vulnerable children.

Empire State Building bathed in "UN Blue"

The most famous landmark in the city that hosts UN headquarters will be bathed in blue at the weekend, to mark the UN's 70th anniversary.

New York's Empire State Building will be in good company, with many of the world's other best-known landmarks following suit.

It's part of the organization's Turn the World UN Blue Campaign. Other participating places include the Sydney Opera House and the Great Wall of China.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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