News in Brief 11 October 2017 (PM)

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Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, at the press conference on Wednesday. UN Photo/Herve Serefio

UN genocide prevention expert concludes visit to CAR

Those responsible for atrocities and inciting ethnic and religious hatred in the Central African Republic (CAR) will have to face justice, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide said on Wednesday.

Adama Dieng was speaking to reporters in the capital, Bangui, following a visit to the country, which has been plagued by inter-communal clashes since 2012.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric has more details about his visit.

"Mr Dieng met with national authorities, religious and community leaders, representatives of armed groups, civil society and victims. He stressed the need to start a dialogue on urgent measures to end the violence and ease intercommunal tensions. He said all the victims have expressed the same will to live together in peace with all Central Africans. Mr. Dieng also expressed concern about the gravity and scope of criminal atrocities committed by armed groups in the hinterland with total impunity."

Meanwhile, the UN mission in the country, MINUSCA, reports that it has received an allegation of sexual abuse by peacekeepers.

The alleged victim, a minor, was immediately referred to aid partners on the ground for medical and psychological assistance.

Mr Dujarric said the UN's Office of Internal Oversight Services has carried out an inquiry and preserved evidence which will lead to the matter being referred to the authorities in the peacekeepers' homeland for further investigation and action.

Aid workers assisting conflict-displaced people in Libya

Clashes and insecurity in the Libyan city of Sabrata have displaced more than 15,000 residents since mid-September, the United Nations reported on Wednesday.

Aid workers have been supporting the affected people, for example by providing medical supplies to local hospitals and distributing food and other assistance to nearly 2,000.

They have also been delivering emergency assistance such as food, bedding and baby kits to areas where migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are being detained.

UN "Silk Road" concert to promote dialogue among cultures

Prestigious musicians from the so-called "Silk Road" countries will perform at the UN Office in Geneva this Saturday.

Eight artists from China, Egypt, Russia and Turkey, will take the audience on a musical journey through the ancient trade route that connected east and west.

The Silk Road Concert, co-organized by the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and Fundación Onuart, a private non-profit group, aims at using music to promote peace and dialogue among cultures.

It will take place in the iconic Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room in the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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