News in Brief 18 August 2016 (AM)

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Women queue to fill containers with water after UNICEF delivered 100,000 litres of safe drinking water. Photo: UNICEF/UN025203/Irwin

More than 850 people killed in the Philippines in crackdown on crime

The Philippines should stop the unlawful killing of people suspected of drug-related offences, two UN independent experts have urged.

More than 850 people have reportedly been killed since May when Rodrigo Duterte was elected President vowing to crack down on crime.

Over 650 were killed in the last six weeks alone.

Allegations of drug-trafficking offences should be judged in a court of law, not by gunmen on the streets, the experts said.

They called on the authorities to adopt "with immediate effect" the necessary measures to protect all people from targeted killings and extrajudicial executions.

"The State has a legally binding obligation to ensure the right to life and security of every person in the country, whether suspected of criminal offences or not," the new United Nations Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Agnes Callamard said.

UN trying to contain cholera outbreak among refugees in Uganda

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners are working to contain a cholera outbreak amongst newly arrived South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

Forty-nine South Sudanese refugees and one Ugandan national have contracted the disease, the agency confirmed on Thursday.

In the meantime, 44 people have been treated and subsequently discharged from health facilities having fully recovered.

Two patients remain in quarantine.

Additional measures have been taken to ensure the outbreak doesn't spread further.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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