News in Brief 25 November 2015 (PM)

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More than 200,000 Burundians have fled unrest in their country. Photo: Will Boase/IRIN

UN deplores decision to suspend non-governmental organizations in Burundi

The UN's top human rights official has said he is concerned by the suspension of ten non-governmental organizations in Burundi. 

Several of the organizations were working on peace and human rights issues, including torture and the rights of women and children. 

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein deplored the decision by Burundian authorities to suspend the groups, calling it an attempt to "silence dissenting voices and limit the democratic space".

Burundi has grappled with on-going political turmoil since the country's President announced he would run for office for a third time, despite a constitutional term limit.

Food supplies reach parts of Ukraine for first time in months

Food supplies have reached parts of eastern Ukraine for the first time in four months, the UN has confirmed. 

A 12-truck convoy carrying assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) reached areas of Luhansk that had been cut off from humanitarian activities since July. 

WFP officials say conflict in the area has left many people displaced and unemployed with no way of taking care of their basic needs without outside help.

More food convoys are planned.  WFP hopes to provide assistance to more than 100,000 people affected by violence in the region before the end of the year.

UN chief urges climate change action in worldwide op-ed article

On the eve of the Paris summit where governments are expected to sign off on a new climate change agreement, the head of the UN has told world leaders, "Now is the time for common sense, compromise, and consensus." 

In an op-ed article that appeared in some 70 newspapers worldwide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said progress has been made in the climate negotiations, but there was still a great deal of work ahead.

The op-ed came out on the same day that UN weather experts warned that 2015 is expected to be the warmest year on record, due in-part to global warming caused by humans.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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