News in Brief 21 November 2016 (AM)

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Killing of 32 civilians in Afghanistan condemned by UN

The killing of 32 civilians at a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has been condemned by the UN mission in the country, UNAMA.

A suicide attacker detonated an explosive vest at the Baqer-ul Ulom mosque on Monday where Shia Muslims had gathered to observe Arbaeen, a commemoration on the 40th day after Ashura.

Many of the dead were children. Some 50 other people were injured.

Speaking in Kabul, UNAMA's deputy chief, Pernille Kardel, described the attack as an "atrocity."

Concern over possible amnesty for child abusers in Turkey

"Deep concern" has been expressed by a group of UN agencies over a draft parliamentary bill in Turkey which may lead to some type of amnesty for child abuse perpetrators on the condition that the perpetrator marries the victim.

The agencies said if the bill was adopted in its current form it would weaken Turkey's ability to combat sexual abuse and child marriage.

And they added it would create a "perception of impunity" in favour of perpetrators of child rights violations and would increase the risk for further victimization of the girl if she was forced into marriage.

Murder of DRC journalist condemned by UNESCO

The murder of a journalist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been condemned by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

Fifty-nine year old Marcel Lubala was killed by a group of armed men at his home on the night of 14 to 15 November in the city of Mbuji-Mayi, in Kasai-Oriental province.

He worked for the state broadcaster Radio Télévision Nationale Congolaise.

The UNESCO chief, Irina Bokova condemned his murder and said journalists must be able to do their work informing citizens "without fearing for their lives."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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