News in Brief 7 April 2017 (PM)

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A view from Stockholm City Hall. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

'Violent attack' in Stockholm condemned by the UN chief

The UN has strongly condemned the "violent attack" that took place in the Swedish capital of Stockholm on Friday.

According to media reports, a truck drove into a crowd in a busy shopping centre, killing several pedestrians, before crashing into a department store.

A statement released by the Secretary-General through his Spokesperson expressed sympathy for the families of the victims and all those affected.

Here's Stephane Dujarric.

"The United Nations stands in solidarity with the people and Government of Sweden. We hope that those responsible for the attack will be swiftly brought to justice."

Swedish authorities are calling it a terrorist attack.

Execution of Gaza men for treason condemned by UN human rights office 

The execution of three men in Gaza for treason on Thursday has been strongly condemned by the UN human rights office or OHCHR.

The defendants were convicted under the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Revolutionary Penal Code on the basis of what it calls "collaboration with the occupier".

An appeal put forward by OHCHR and other international and Palestinian organizations against the sentences was rejected.

These executions were carried out in breach of Palestine's obligations under international law, which places stringent conditions on the use of the death penalty, said Ravina Shamdasani.

"A number of these conditions were breached in Thursday's executions. The individuals were convicted of treason, which does not meet the threshold of "most serious crimes". Under international human rights law, these are understood to be intentional killings. They were civilians convicted by a military court, again in contravention of international law. We are also concerned that trials in Gaza resulting in the imposition of a death sentence do not appear to meet international fair trial standards. Allegations of torture, which the authorities appear not have investigated sufficiently raise expectations that confessions may have been coerced."

Authorities in Gaza are being urged to halt further executions and comply with Palestine's obligations under international law.

UN migration agency supports families displaced by floods in Colombia

The International Organization for Migration, IOM has deployed a team of experts to Mocoa the capital of Putumayo in Colombia to assess the needs of over 300 families displaced by recent extreme weather.

Heavy rains on 31 March caused rivers to overflow, triggering an avalanche and floods in the south-west part of the country.

More than 300 people were killed and 372 went missing that day.

In total, 28 neighbourhoods in Mocoa have been affected.

Twelve temporary shelters have been set up by the government for these families, says IOM.

The agency's team will provide technical support to the local authorities and carry out early recovery activities.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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