News in Brief 20 July 2016 (PM)

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UNICEF statement on recent case of sexual violence in India. Photo: UNICEF

"Heinous culture of impunity" revealed by repeat rape case in India

A "heinous culture of impunity" exists when it comes to violence against women and girls, as highlighted by a case in India where a woman was reportedly raped twice by the same group of men.

That's according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), commenting on the alleged gang rape of a 21-year-old student from the largely-impoverished Dalit caste, previously known as "untouchables".

According to news reports, the woman had been pursuing court action against five men, who she accuses of raping her three years ago.

She was attacked again and left for dead last week.

Police have arrested three of the men involved, and are seeking the others.

Here's UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"UNICEF says that approximately 120 million girls worldwide – 1 in every 10 – will experience sexual violence. Anju Malhotra, UNICEF's Principal Gender Advisor, said that we need action now to end this brutality that has become routine and to give the victims of violence the justice and protection they deserve."

Demonstrations outside UN in South Sudan as tension continues

Approximately 1,000 people demonstrated angrily in front of a UN compound in the South Sudanese capital on Wednesday, and handed in a petition before dispersing, said the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS.

Tensions remain high in the world's youngest country following a major outbreak of violence between rival military forces loyal to the president and his deputy across Juba, earlier in the month.

Two national staff members working for the UN were assaulted in the town of Bor on Tuesday, following a speech by the local governor.

Here's Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq again.

"UNMISS condemns physical attacks against its personnel and property and calls on all parties to respect the operations of the UN, its staff and assets.

The Mission also reports that restriction of movement continues."

Mr Haq added that the South Sudanese government had failed to grant safety assurances for several UN flights, which was a "clear violation of the Status of Forces Agreement" and impeding the mission's work.

Attack on camp in Mali "strongly condemned"

An attack on a military camp in Mali that left 17 dead, according to news reports, and 35 injured, has been condemned by the UN Mission in the north-west African country, MINUSMA.

The camp in Nampala, close to the border with Mauritania, was reportedly attacked by Islamist militants, who have become a growing threat in the north.

MINUSMA said that it mobilized major air support and medical resources to help the Malian authorities.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Mali, Mahamet Saleh Annadif, presented his condolences to the families, and "stressed the need for all Malian parties to work together to prevent terrorist organisations from…derailing the peace process."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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