News in Brief 29 July 2016 (AM)

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Prison. File Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

Regret over recent executions in Indonesia

International drug control treaties do not support capital punishment.

That statement comes from the head of the UN office working to counter the global drug problem, UNODC, in response to Indonesia's execution of prisoners for alleged drug-related crimes.

Yury Fedetov said his Office regrets that an appeal by the UN Secretary-General on Thursday to halt the executions was not heeded.

UNODC's mandate addresses the challenges posed by drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism.

Mr Fedetov said it will continue to support countries in their fight against drug trafficking and in preventing drug use.

Attack prompts temporary suspension of aid delivery in northern Nigeria

UN humanitarian assistance missions in north-eastern Nigeria have been temporarily suspended following an attack on an aid convoy on Friday, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has announced.

Two people were injured in the incident and are being treated at a local hospital.

Unknown assailants attacked the convoy while it was travelling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State after delivering humanitarian assistance.

It included staff from UNICEF, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and partner agency the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

UNICEF said the attack took place in a remote area where protracted conflict has caused extreme suffering and a malnutrition crisis.

The agency said this "was not only an attack on humanitarian workers.  It is an attack on the people who most need the assistance and aid that these workers were bringing."

Australia urged to expand youth centre abuse investigation

Australia's investigation into abuses at a juvenile prison has been hailed as "an important step" by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR).

Footage emerging from the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, located in the Northern Territory, showed children being held in inhumane conditions and treated cruelly, such as being tear-gassed and stripped naked.

Some of the children were as young as 10 and many were Aborigines.

The UN Human Rights Office said such treatment could violate child rights' conventions which Australia has signed.

It recommended that the authorities identify the perpetrators and hold them responsible.

The Government was also encouraged to expand the investigation to establish whether similar "appalling treatment" is taking place at other youth detention centres in the country.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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