News in Brief 13 January 2016 (PM)

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Voting takes place on 30 December 2015 in elections in the Central African Republic. Photo: MINUSCA

Provisional results for CAR elections announced

The provisional results for recent elections held in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been announced.

The country has experienced several years of conflict and had been governed by a transitional president since January 2014.

Here's Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

"The final provisional results for the legislative elections were announced yesterday by the Autorité Nationale des Elections (ANE), with 21 candidates, including three women, being elected by an absolute majority during the [first] round. A second round of the legislative elections will be held in 113 constituencies."

Meanwhile, the UN mission in CAR is continuing outreach efforts to raise awareness and prevent sexual exploitation and abuse. The mission has been conducting visits with police units to emphasize the UN's Zero Tolerance Policy towards sexual abuse.

UN human rights expert to conduct final assessment on situation in DPRK

The UN's Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has announced his final visit to the region.

Marzuki Darusman will travel to Japan next week to assess the latest developments regarding the DPRK and discuss ways to ensure accountability for gross human rights violations in the country, including abductions.

Since his initial appointment by the Human Rights Council in 2010, the Special Rapporteur had never been granted access to visit DPRK.

His mandate ends in July.

Donors make humanitarian air services possible in Sudan through 2016

Donor contributions will allow humanitarian air services to continue in Sudan throughout 2016.

The development has been welcomed by the World Food Programme (WFP), which says the air service is used to deliver vital aid to places that are inaccessible by road due to insecurity or poor road conditions.

WFP said contributions from the Common Humanitarian Fund, the European Commission, as well as several individual donor countries will enable the air service to continue to reach remote communities throughout the year.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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