News in Brief 23 June 2016 (AM)

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Former President of the United Nations General Assembly John Ashe. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Former UN General Assembly President John Ashe dies 

The former UN General Assembly President, John Ashe, has died, his successor has announced.

In a statement released on Thursday, the current General Assembly President, Mogens Lykketoft expressed his condolences to the family of the late diplomat.

The late Ambassador was from Antigua and Barbuda and served one year after being elected in September 2013.

Since October 2015 though he faced criminal charges in the US courts related to his term as President.

"Despite the many as yet unproven accusations made against him", Mr Lykketoft said, "Mr Ashe was for many years a hard-working and popular member of the diplomatic corps in New York and at the United Nations."

Yellow fever vaccination campaign launched in DRC, Angola

An emergency vaccination campaign has been launched to stop the persistent circulation of the yellow fever virus in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the initial phase of the campaign is set to start in July and will focus on districts where there is a high movement of people and intense trade activities.

Yellow fever was first confirmed on 19 January 2016 in Angola.

The agency also plans to create an "immune buffer zone" on the border between Angola and DRC in order to prevent further international spread of the virus.

So far more than 15 million doses of vaccine have been delivered to the two countries.

LGBTI people in places of detention need greater protection

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in places of detention need greater protection from abuse, a group of UN experts said.

The remarks come ahead of the International Day for the Victims of Torture observed annually on 26 June.

LGBTI people in prisons face multiple and extreme forms of violence and discrimination, including torture and ill-treatment, according to a statement by the human rights experts.

And they are often subjected to abuse both by fellow inmates and staff, said Sir Malcom Evans, Chair of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture.

There is a need to avoid their stigmatization in detention through training and understanding the needs of the group, Mr Evans noted.

Policies and methods are also needed to recognize people's self-identified gender and proper risk-assessments need to be carried out, he added.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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