News in Brief 17 January 2016 (PM)

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Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Push to restore Yemen truce and address country's humanitarian crisis

Efforts are being made by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen to encourage parties to the conflict to restore April's cessation of hostilities and address the country's "dire" humanitarian situation.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed is in Aden city to meet with senior Government leaders of the Gulf State.

The visit comes after a week of meetings with senior officials from the Government of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar in Riyadh, Muscat and Doha.

Farhan Haq is Deputy UN Spokesperson.

“The Special Envoy's meetings in Aden focused on the need to renew the Cessation of Hostilities and the urgent measures to address the country's dire humanitarian situation. The Special Envoy emphasized the importance of a Cessation of Hostilities in order to allow an expansion of humanitarian assistance and in order to create a conducive environment for the peace process. The Special Envoy asked the President to act swiftly and engage constructively with the UN's proposal for the sake of the country's future. ”

Conflict erupted in Yemen after Shia Houthi rebels seized the capital Sana’a in 2014 and forced the government to move most of its operations to the country's second city, Aden.

Mr Ahmed is expected to travel to Sana’a to share the same message with Ansar Allah, the political arm of the Houthi rebellion and the General People’s Congress led by former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

UN in Haiti issues first report on lynching

The phenomenon of lynching or vigilantism is of continuing concern in Haiti, with 483 reported incidents between 2012 and 2015, a report by the UN Mission in the country, MINUSTAH, has found.

The report says that passivity or tolerance by State agents, in the face of serious crimes, violates international humanitarian law.

Haitians are using this form of popular justice because of their mistrust in police and the judicial system and their fear that perpetrators of crimes enjoy impunity, it states.

The UN Mission in the country is calling for a better understanding of the phenomenon, in order to develop appropriate intervention strategies.

Failed rains in Ethiopia leave millions in need of urgent aid 

Failed rains in southern and eastern parts of Ethiopia have left millions of people in urgent need of assistance, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

The agency says a new drought may jeopardize the East African nation's restoration of food security.

Additional resources are urgently needed to save lives and protect Ethiopia's development gains.

The Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners launched an appeal on Tuesday requesting US$948 million to help 5.6 million people with emergency food and non-food assistance in the affected areas.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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