News in Brief 29 April 2016 (PM)

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Security forces accused of "summary executions" in Mozambique

Security forces in Mozambique have been accused of "summary executions" and other humans rights violations, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has said.

The office has received what it called "worrying information" about ongoing armed clashes between national security forces and members of Renamo, the former rebel group which became the main opposition party.

Here's the UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.

"The Human Rights Office says that security forces have been accused of summary executions, looting, destruction of property, rape, ill-treatment, and other human rights violations, while attacks against police and military forces have also been attributed to Renamo."

Urgent action needed for Ethiopia's farmers in main planting season

Urgent action is needed to support Ethiopia's farmers as the country enters the main planting season, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.

The UN agency said it needs US$10 million to help farmers sow their fields and prevent drought-hit areas of the country from falling deeper into hunger and food insecurity.

If seeds are not delivered in time, it will be too late to secure a decent harvest from the imminent meher season, which produces 85 per cent of the nation’s food supply.

WHO: Award for Gaza office chief

A Palestinian doctor with the UN health agency has been honoured for positioning his office as the leading authority among partners in the Gaza Strip.

Dr Mahmoud Daher is the recipient of a Reward for Excellence presented this month by the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Daher heads the WHO office in Gaza which helps the Palestinian Authority to develop its health care system.

He told UN Radio about its work during the 2014 conflict with Israel.

"In the area of the response to the chronic emergency situation, as it has been demonstrated in the last events in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, there have been 51-52 days of war that we as WHO managed to coordinate all efforts to respond to the increasing health needs and demands: either through direct involvement and resource mobilization, donations, drug supplies systems, coordinating entry of supplies and personnel into Gaza, or coordinating with the donor community in regard to the support needed by the health authorities."

Carmen Cuesta Roca, United Nations.

Duration: 2’20″

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