News in Brief 27 July 2017 (PM)

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UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, visits Mugunga IDP camp in Goma town, eastern DRC on 26 July 2017. UN Photo/Lulu Gao

DRC needs to do more to end violence against women, says UN deputy chief

More needs to be done in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC to end gender-based violence in the country, the UN deputy chief said as she wrapped up a visit there on Thursday.

Amina Mohammed spoke to reporters at the airport in the capital city Kinshasa.

During her meeting with President Joseph Kabila, she focused on issues women in the DRC are facing, highlighting how women "bear the brunt of conflict" in the country.

She said the UN would "like to see how women can participate more in the mediation" of conflicts there.

The Deputy Secretary-General said she also discussed the investigation into the killing of the two UN experts in the DRC with the President, who in turn assured her that "they will be following up with those investigations as soon as possible."

Earlier, she visited a camp for displaced people called Mugunga in the eastern part of the country.

"It's very difficult in the world today when resources are becoming smaller. So we have to open up the voice. We have to take the voice of northern Kivu; of this camp to the international community. That is our job. These are our African women and we must take the African voice out; that there is suffering – and that this suffering – we must sympathize with it; we must bring the resources…not as a handout but as a basic human right."

The camp hosts around 4,000 IDPs, mostly women and children, who fled clashes between rebel groups and the national army in and around Goma town.

UN chief concerned about erosion of rights in Maldives

The UN Secretary-General said he is concerned about recent developments in the Maldives with the gradual erosion of basic democratic norms and principles in the country.

António Guterres called on the authorities to uphold the constitutionally guaranteed rights of speech and assembly.

He also urged them to refrain from acts that result in the harassment and intimidation of Members of Parliament, political parties, civil society and the media.

In May, a group of UN independent human rights experts strongly condemned the murder of a prominent journalist and a human rights defender in the island nation.

Yameen Rasheed was an outspoken critic of the Government and wrote about alleged public corruption and human rights violations.

Religious intolerance is on the rise in the Maldives and reports suggest that most attacks go unpunished.

UN expert urges two Koreas to discuss human rights

The proposed resumption of dialogue between the two Koreas is an opportunity to discuss and improve the human rights situation in the North, a UN expert has said at the end of his second visit to the South.

The Republic of Korea's new President has proposed the resumption of dialogue with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on military and humanitarian issues.

Tomás Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in the DPRK welcomed the initiative by the South Korean administration.

Engagement can serve as a platform for North Korea to discuss ways to improve human rights, he noted

Mr Quintana made the remarks at the end of a five-day mission to Seoul where he met with senior Government officials as well as representatives of civil society and other groups.

His requests for access to the North have not been granted.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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