News in Brief 04 April 2016 (PM)

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Odo Tevi. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Disarmament Commission, "critical role to play" in 2016

The UN Disarmament Commission has a "critical role to play" this year as international conflict and tensions threaten multilateral treaties.

That's according to the chair of the commission, Odo Tevi.

Given the deadly conflicts going on around the world and increasing rivalries between states, he said it was a "very challenging environment" that was leading to a retreat from multilateralism.

"In this context, the Disarmament Commission has a critical role to play this year in restoring trust among states and rebuilding confidence in multilateral disarmament."

He pointed to the failure of the 2015 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) conference, to reach any agreement on a "substantive outcome" document.

More than 2,200 Iraqis displaced by military operations near Mosul

More than 2,200 Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes by military operations in villages close to the city of Mosul, according to the UN humanitarian affairs agency, OCHA.

Mosul is currently held by the terrorist group ISIL, or Daesh.

OCHA said that the majority of those displaced in the Erbil Governorate had been forced to move twice, due to security threats.

The majority are women and children, who were relocated to the Debaga camp over the weekend.

Humanitarian workers have distributed ready-to-eat meals, clean water and clothing to the displaced, many of whom were forced to flee with few belongings.

Fresh allegations of sexual abuse by UN troops from Tanzania in DRC

Fresh allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers from Tanzania in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been made.

The Tanzanian contingent has been serving with the UN Mission's Force Intervention Brigade, in Mavivi village, in the east of the country.

Here's UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"According to preliminary information, there are 11 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against the Tanzanian contingent in the area, all of them involve paternity claims…The Tanzanian battalion commander has detained implicated contingent members in the base awaiting further investigation"

Investigations by several UN teams into sexual abuse allegations are continuing in Central African Republic.

Teams from troop-contributing countries, as well as the Secretary-General's special coordinator on the issue, are due to arrive in the region in the next few days.

Ana Carmo, United Nations.

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