News in Brief 07 April 2016 (PM)

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The Security Council meets on the situation in South Sudan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

South Sudan sanctions renewed by Security Council

The Security Council has adopted a resolution to renew sanctions on South Sudan.

This is the second time that sanctions have been renewed following review.

The world's youngest nation has been wracked by bloody civil war between the government and opposition fighters loyal to the president's former deputy.

Some Council members said they were encouraged by the arrival of the first wave of opposition troops in Juba, the nation's capital, which they hope will lead to the formation of a transitional government.

But insufficient progress has been made to lift sanctions.

The Security Council will review the status of South Sudan once again on 1 June.

In a Presidential Statement, the Council reaffirmed its "unwavering support" for the people of South Sudan.

Election results announced in Central African Republic

Provisional results for the second round of legislative elections have been announced in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to the UN Mission there, MINUSCA.

34 independent candidates were elected to the National Assembly, including two women.

Voting took place on 31 March with help from MINUSCA.

The final results of the election are expected on 27 April.

Ukrainians fear downgrade in benefits status

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens worry they will be deprived of their status as internally displaced persons, according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office, OCHA.

Internally displaced persons, or IDPs, are legally entitled to social welfare payments.

The Ukrainian Government, wary of fraud schemes, has started a procedure of verification for registered IDPs and suspended welfare payments in the meantime.

The UN has stated that it recognizes the right of governments to combat fraud, but encourages clear information and communication between all parties.

Child victims of sexual abuse to meet UN expert in Georgia

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, has announced that she will carry out a monitoring visit to Georgia, beginning next Monday.

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio said she was looking forward to evaluating the scope of sale and exploitation of children in the eastern European country, "as well as the progress made and the challenges faced by Georgia to fight it."

The independent expert said she would reach out to child victims of abuse, violence and exploitation, and to children in vulnerable situations, such as t hose placed in institutions or living in settlements, for the internally displaced.

Ms. de Boer-Buquicchio, who visits the country at the invitation of the Government, said it was vital to take child victims' opinions into account in her recommendations to the Government "and other concerned parties".

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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