UN Global Perspective: focus on Iraq, Haiti and women parliamentarians

ISIL human rights abuses emerge as Mosul campaign continues

Roueida El Hage. Photo: UNAMI

In Iraq, information continues to emerge of human rights violations committed by the terrorist group ISIL following the start of a military offensive to free the northern city of Mosul from its control. The UN mission in the country, UNAMI, said human rights monitors have received reports of mass killings, abductions, recruitment of child soldiers and other abuses, as families continue to flee communities surrounding the city. Basma Baghall has been speaking to Roueida El Hage, a senior human rights official at the mission.

Jan Eliasson. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN will "do the right thing" for Haitian people

The UN is determined to "do the right thing" on behalf of the Haitian people when it comes to the damaging effects of cholera and Hurricane Matthew.That's the pledge from Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who said a package of measures would be presented soon to help eliminate the cholera outbreak which has affected an estimated 780,000 Haitians. A United States appeals court recently upheld the UN's immunity from a damage claim filed on behalf of victims, blaming the organization for the outbreak. Mr Eliasson told Ari Gaitanis that the UN could combine a "firm legal position with compassion" for the Haitian people.

Martin Chungong. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Study reveals widespread sexism and violence against women parliamentarians

A study of 55 women members of parliament (MPs) from across the globe reveals that the majority have experienced death threats, rape threats and other forms of psychological violence. Furthermore, 20 per cent of the MPs reported that they have been slapped, pushed or struck by an object that could have caused injury, while 12 per cent were threatened with use of a firearm, knife or other weapon.The study conducted by UN partner the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) shows how women's political participation has been met with sexism, harassment and even physical attacks. Perpetrators have included members of the public, but also their fellow parliamentarians. Dianne Penn has been speaking to IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong about the findings.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00″

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