News in Brief 21 July 2016 (PM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Amanda Voisard

Turkish authorities needs to "do their utmost" to follow international law

The Turkish government and officials need to "do their utmost" to ensure that international human rights law is followed in the aftermath of the failed coup, said the UN chief on Thursday.

In a statement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the declaration of a state of emergency throughout Turkey, following the attempted coup of July 15.

He also noted the "repeated assurances" given by Turkish officials that due process and the rule of law would be respected.

The government has arrested or sacked thousands of civil servants since Monday, including judges, teachers, academics and military officers.

Mr Ban added that he hoped the state of emergency would be carried out "in full transparency."

He said that "freedoms of expression, movement and peaceful assembly" together with judicial independence needed to be guaranteed.

Candidates for UN chief will be told results of straw poll

The 12 candidates vying to become the next UN Secretary-General will be told the results of the Security Council's first straw poll to narrow down the field.

That's according to Security Council President, Koro Bessho, who briefly spoke to reporters following the initial vote on Thursday morning, at UN Headquarters.

He explained the purpose behind the first informal straw poll.

"It is to inform the candidates of where they stand in the race. The candidates will be informed of the results through the respective permanent representatives of nominating Member States."

President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, sent a letter to ambassadors, stating that failing to give any details beyond the fact the straw poll had taken place "does not live up to the expectations of the membership and the new standard of openness and transparency."

Before the meeting, United Kingdom Ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, told reporters that it was "high time for a woman" Secretary-General, and that the region the successful candidate came from, was "the least important criteria".

"Deeply disturbing reports" of gang rape levelled against South Sudan soldiers

"Deeply disturbing reports" of rape and gang rape by "soldiers in uniform" are being fully investigated by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

UNMISS said that a number of civilians, including minors, had been attacked close to UN House in the capital Juba, as well as in several other neighbourhoods.

Violence broke out earlier in the month between rival forces loyal to the President and First Vice President, leading to hundreds of deaths.

Here's UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"UNMISS calls on President Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar to take personal responsibility for immediately sanctioning the soldiers responsible for these unacceptable acts of sexual violence. The Mission has stepped up its patrols in and around its Protection of Civilians' site."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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