News in Brief 02 August 2017 (PM)

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

UN mission in DRC concerned over arrests

The head of the UN's peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, has expressed concern over arbitrary arrests and detentions in various parts of the country.

MONUSCO chief Maman Sidikou said they followed peaceful civil society mobilization to protest delays in the publication of the electoral calendar and to call for the holding of elections before the end of the year.

The UN has documented over 120 arrests or detentions in seven cities, including the capital, Kinshasa.

Among those detained were eight media representatives, including a journalist from Radio Okapi, the UN radio station in the country, and two members of the international press, who were released following the UN Mission's intervention.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson:

"Mr. Sidikou also expressed concern over the restrictions imposed on peaceful assembly. He called on the national and local authorities to fully uphold fundamental rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution of the country, as well as for all political actors to refrain from any statement or action that could heighten tensions and further polarize the political landscape."

 

UN fund supports Afghan hospital treating victims of mosque attack

A UN humanitarian fund has allocated US$35,000 to a medical facility in Afghanistan that is treating the victims of a recent suicide attack, the global organization said on Wednesday.

The money has been provided to the regional hospital in Herat, located in the north-west of the country, where at least 31 people were killed in an assault on a Shia mosque on Tuesday evening.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan Toby Lanzer said the funding will help the hospital to provide trauma care in the wake of the incident.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the deadly attack and expressed his support for the country's government and people.

 

UNICEF and partners provide water system to Vanuatu community

The handover of a water supply system to a Pacific island community will provide nearly 1,500 people with access to safe water and sanitation, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported.

Prior to this, the people of Lamap, located on Malekula Island in Vanuatu, relied on rainwater after their previous water system ceased functioning in the late 1980s.

UNICEF and its partners handed over the completed water supply system to the authorities on Wednesday.

They have also provided training to support community engagement and management of the new system, one of four large water supply projects in the country.

Construction on the projects began in June 2014 and will run through December of this year.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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