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News in Brief 13 June 2017 (PM)

Listen / The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), in partnership with the South Sudan National Mine Action Authority (NMAA), held an event at Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba on the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (4 April). UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

  Landmines exacerbate humanitarian crises, hinder response The threats posed by landmines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices exacerbate humanitarian crises and hinder emergency responses. That's what the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Alexander Zuev, told diplomats at the UN on Tuesday. [...]

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People of CAR "have no alternative" to UN and partners

Listen / Onanga-Anyanga. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The war-weary people of the Central African Republic (CAR) have "no alternative" but to rely on the UN and the international community to help forge a lasting peace. That's the firm belief of the head of the UN Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA), Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, who said that without their support on the ground "another [...]

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Women's health was Finland's "sensitive issue”

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Investing in women's healthcare as a basic human right in Finland used to be something of a "sensitive issue", but it has turned out to be a "smart investment", the country's former President said at the UN on Tuesday. Speaking ahead of a debate at the Human Rights Council in Geneva to promote women's rights [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 13 June 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Jocelyne Sambira. In today's programme: a UN expert underlines how rights for persons with disabilities cover "every single group in society";  and we hear how an action is giving to hope to people with albinism in Africa.

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"Smart" counter-terrorism policies needed, based on human rights: UN chief

Listen / Aftermath of an explosion in the centre of Kabul, Afghanistan, on the corner of Passport Lane and the Indian Embassy. Photo: UNAMA/Jawad Jalali (file)

In order to defeat the rise of violent extremism, the world needs "strong and smart" policies founded on human rights, the UN Secretary-General said on Tuesday. António Guterres made the remarks at a high-level dialogue in Turkmenistan's capital city, Ashgabat, aimed at implementing a UN Global Counter-Terrorism strategy in Central Asia. The strategy, reviewed every [...]

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News in Brief 13 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

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Ukraine's warring parties repeatedly fail to respect ceasefire agreements "Daily ceasefire violations" in Ukraine have led to a significant rise in the number of people killed in the four-year conflict, the UN said on Tuesday. Between February and May this year, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (HRMMU) recorded 36 conflict-related civilian deaths [...]

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Action plan gives "renewed hope" to people with albinism in Africa

Listen / Ikponwosa Ero.   (Screen grab from UNTV)

The endorsement of an action plan on albinism in Africa has given "renewed hope" to people born with the condition, a UN human rights expert has said Ikponwosa Ero was speaking ahead of International Albinism Awareness Day, observed this Tuesday, 13 March. Albinism results from a lack of melanin, producing lighter than normal skin and [...]

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