News in Brief 30 March 2017 (AM)

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Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), briefs the press following closed Security Council consultations on the situation in Iraq in February 2016.
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UN official strongly condemns "heinous" terrorist attack in Iraq

A suicide bombing in Iraq on Wednesday has been strongly condemned by the senior UN official in the country.

Several people were killed in the terrorist attack which targeted a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad, the second such incident in just over a week.

In a statement, UN Special Representative Ján Kubiš described the incident as as a "heinous attack" carried out by terrorists seeking to make up for their defeat in Mosul and other parts of the country.

The Iraqi military is in the midst of a months-long offensive to free Mosul, located in the north, from the extremist group ISIL, also known as Daesh.

Mr Kubis said "Despicable acts like these will not weaken the determination of the Iraqi people, who have offered numerous and great sacrifices, to liberate their country from the terrorists 

Security Council calls for swift investigation into deaths of UN experts in DRC

The UN Security Council is urging authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to swiftly investigate the killing of two UN-appointed personnel in the country.

Michael Sharp, an American, and Zaida Catalán, from Sweden, were members of an expert group established by the Council which monitors the sanctions regime in the DRC.

They went missing in the Kasaï Central region on 12 March and their bodies were discovered on Monday.

The status of four Congolese nationals who were accompanying them remains unknown.

The Security Council has issued a statement condemning their killings in the strongest terms.

Members also urged the Congolese authorities to continue the search for the four missing nationals.

UAE urged not to execute foreign domestic worker

UN human rights experts are calling on the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to halt the execution of a foreign domestic worker charged with murder.

Jennifer Dalquez, who is from the Philippines, was convicted of killing her employer in December 2014.

The 30-year-old mother of two said the man had attempted to rape her at knifepoint and that she had acted in self-defence.

The four UN experts said her trial failed to reach international standards.

They expressed "serious concerns" that the judicial proceedings "did not appear to have fulfilled the most stringent guarantees of fair trial and due process."

They added that discriminatory treatment of migrant women by criminal courts "seems to be a persistent problem in the United Arab Emirates."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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