News in Brief 29 August 2016 (AM)

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Praise for Gabon elections

Gabon has been praised for its peaceful and orderly presidential elections held this past weekend.

In congratulating the country, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that the same spirit of peace and transparency will prevail when the provisional results are officially announced.

Citizens took to the polls on Saturday to choose between incumbent Ali Bongo Ondimba and opposition leader Jean Ping.

Mr Ban urged all stakeholders to abide by the electoral law and refrain from making remarks until the outcome of the vote is known.

He said the successful conclusion of the process will mark an important step in the West African country's efforts to consolidate democracy and the rule of law.

Executions in Iran condemned

Iran's execution of 12 people for drug-related charges shows "complete disregard" for the country's obligations under international human rights law.

The charge has been made by a UN independent expert on the human rights situation in the country who called the procedure "simply illegal."

Ahmed Shaheed said he was outraged by the executions, which were carried out on Saturday.

Mr Shaheed explained that international law only allows capital punishment to be imposed for "the most serious crimes;" that is, for cases of intentional killing, and following a fair trial.

He acknowledged that combating drug trafficking is a serious concern in Iran.

However, he said this does not justify the use of the death penalty in drug-related cases.

Trucks deliver medical aid to Taiz City, Yemen

The arrival of two trucks of emergency medicines and medical supplies in Taiz City, Yemen, has been hailed as a "significant step" by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Armed conflict continues to hamper the delivery of health care in the city.

The twelve tonnes of items include emergency health kits, blood bags, diarrhoeal disease kits, neonatal resuscitation kits, burn dressing kits and various types of IV fluids.

They will be distributed to all public hospitals.

The items were delivered this past weekend by WHO with support from the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Aid.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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