News in Brief 4 July 2016 (AM) -Geneva

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A UN peacekeeper patrol from the MINUSCA mission deployed to Central African Republic. Photo: MINUSCA

Concerns over CAR escalation amid deadly violence

Major security flare-ups and rights violations in the Central African Republic may be evidence that violence is set to escalate once again, the UN said Monday.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's comments come after several incidents in the capital Bangui and rural areas that have claimed the lives of at least 24 people.

Last month, one clash between armed individuals and UN peacekeepers in Bangui, left six combatants dead and 15 civilians injured.

In a statement the UN rights chief said that armed groups "remain far too powerful" and prey on the civilian population.

Zeid's also said he was deeply concerned by "credible" allegations of serious sexual abuse by soldiers from the Ugandan army deployed to counter separatists in 2009.

The allegations involve 14 cases of rape and include victims who were minors at the time.

 "Step closer" to justice for Eritreans

A UN resolution that brings justice for the people of Eritrea who have suffered gross human rights violations "a step closer" to being realized has been welcomed.

In June, rights investigators said that widespread and systematic crimes against humanity have been committed in Eritrea since it gained independence in 1991

The resolution cites the lack of cooperation by the Government, including the denial of access to the country by experts serving on the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea.

The Commission hopes that it will provide a solid platform for the next steps to be taken by the Eritrean authorities.

UN Palais des Nations renovation gets a concrete offer from City of Geneva

Plans to modernise the UN's headquarters in Switzerland became a little more concrete after the City of Geneva agreed to help with the project.

The decision by authorities in the Swiss city paves the way for a US$20 million interest-free loan to the United Nations Office At Geneva (UNOG).

The overall cost of the renovation for the building, which was built in the 1930s and is known as the Palais des Nations, is put at US$836 million.

Work is due to start next year, with Switzerland expected to lend around half of the total amount.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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