News in Brief 11 January 2016 (PM)

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On 11 January 2016, workers in a warehouse prepare supplies for a humanitarian convoy destined for the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. Video Capture: UNICEF

Vulnerable people in Mali need "peace dividends"

The most vulnerable people in Mali need to benefit from the end of hostilities if peace is to hold, according to the UN's peacekeeping chief, Hervé Ladsous.

A peace accord was signed between warring parties last year and now the Malian authorities are preparing to implement that agreement with the help of MINUSMA, the UN mission there.

Instability continues in the West African country.

In November, extremists attacked a hotel in the capital, Bamako, leaving at least 20 people dead.

Humanitarian supplies reach besieged Syrian town

The first trucks carrying humanitarian supplies have reached the besieged town of Madaya in Syria.

Last week there were reports of people dying from starvation there.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator Yacoub el Hillo said that it had taken "long and patient negotiation" with many parties to facilitate the convoy of trucks.

Here's the UN Spokersperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"He noted that while there is much focus on Madaya and that the situation there requires an immediate response, the United Nations and its humanitarian partners are equally concerned about the 4.5 million people living in besieged and hard-to-reach area across Syria."

UN-brokered talks on resolving the ongoing civil war in Syria are due to take place at the end of the month.

United Kingdom urged to review surveillance bill

The United Kingdom is being urged to review a surveillance bill which UN human rights experts believe could threaten the rights to the freedom of expression and association both inside and outside the country.

The draft Investigatory Powers bill aims to unify the various regulations governing how the UK surveillance agencies, police and other authorities can monitor suspects.

Three UN Special Rapporteurs expressed serious concerns about several provisions of the bill, saying there was inadequate independent oversight and transparency.

They have expressed those concerns in a six-page submission to the Joint Parliamentary Committee which is examining the bill.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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