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News in Brief 20 March 2017 (PM)

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  "High number of deaths" reported in Kananga area of DRC The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, has received "credible reports of high numbers of deaths" in clashes between militia and government troops in the Kananga and Kasai regions. Maman Sambo Sidikou, head of MONUSCO, called for the "immediate cessation [...]

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“Global Happiness Council” launched at UN Headquarters

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By working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN can play an "important role" in promoting global happiness, the official Minister for Happiness from the United Arab Emirates said on Monday. H.E. Ohood Al Roumi was at UN Headquarters on the International Day of Happiness, marked each 20 March, to launch the Global [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 20 March 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Jocelyne Sambira and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: indigenous women in the Philippines need to “assert their rights”, a human rights defender has urged; And musicians from the Middle East and North Africa join the UN to warn asylum seekers against embarking [...]

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Indigenous women in Philippines need to “assert their rights”

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Indigenous women in the Philippines have "many problems," including a lack of recognition of their ancestral land rights, so they need to be empowered in order to stand up for those rights, a human rights advocate has urged. Angelina Baltazar – Ortiz, an Indigenous Mansaka woman from the Compostela Valley in the Philippines, was at [...]

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News in Brief 20 March 2017 (AM)

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"Fundamentally not appropriate" that disabilities committee has lone woman The fact that only one woman has been elected by Member States to serve on the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is "fundamentally not appropriate." That's the clear message delivered on the opening day of the 17th Session of the committee, in Geneva, [...]

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Palestine Territories "face recurring rights violations"

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Human rights violations are continuing against the people of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a UN Special Rapporteur said Monday. Michael Lynk, who's mandate from the Human Rights Council is to report on the Palestinian territories that have been under Israeli control since 1967, said that the people living there face "recurring and persistent" abuses. These [...]

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Hate speech dangers are growing, says Zeid

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We all need to do more to combat racism, hate speech and ethnic crimes. That's the message from UN Human Rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which is marked each 21 March. Daniel Johnson has more. The dangers of "demonising" people based on their [...]

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Art helps people understand “we are all the same”: Tunisian painter

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All people experience the "same feelings", no matter which country they're from, and art can help "open the heart", a Tunisian artist has said. Zeineb Tlili Ghali is a painter who specialises in images of women and landscapes in her North African homeland. Her work is currently on display at UN Headquarters as part of [...]

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