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2019-08-23, 17:17

Friday’s Daily Brief: Education key for Rohingya, DR Congo violence continues, Zimbabwe protest latest, women’s rights in Iran, environmental protection Our main stories today: Two years in, Myanmar’s Rohingya youth need more education; DR Congo testimonies highlight armed brutality; appeals for Zimba...
2019-08-17, 01:52

Terrorism survivors: Forced to farm, fish, fight, ‘they slaughtered three of my friends’ To mark next week’s International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region o...
2019-08-16, 13:00

‘Preserve, revitalize and promote’ indigenous languages, or lose a ‘wealth of traditional knowledge’, UN chief says Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the urgency to “preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages” in his message for the Internat...
2019-08-10, 02:52

Friday’s Daily Brief: Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Yemen food aid, IDs for Rohingya, protect fleeing Malians, Nagasaki Peace Ceremony Our main stories: ‘Promote’ indigenous peoples’ languages urges Guterres; WFP resumes Yemen food aid; 500,000 Rohingya ID cards issued; Malians fleei...
2019-08-10, 02:52

Four in 10 indigenous languages at risk of disappearing, warn UN human rights experts Of 7,000 indigenous languages spoken today, four in 10 are in danger of disappearing, rights experts said on Wednesday, in a call for a decade of act...
2019-08-08, 05:39

All States have ‘primary responsibility’ to protect against hate attacks The UN’s top rights official has added her voice to condemnation of the weekend mass-shootings in the cities of El Paso and Dayton, insisting on Tues...
2019-08-07, 02:26

Libya detention centre airstrike could amount to a war crime says UN, as Guterres calls for independent investigation An airstrike on a detention centre in Tripoli that killed scores of migrants and refugees “deserves more than condemnation”, UN agencies said on Wedn...
2019-08-04, 03:13

UN human rights chief ‘hopeful’ Venezuelan authorities are ready to address violations, calls for dialogue “The only way out of this crisis is to come together, in dialogue”: that was the clear message delivered by Michelle Bachelet, the UN human rights ch...
2019-08-04, 03:13

'Emulate his example' urges UN chief as world celebrates Nelson Mandela: a ‘global advocate for dignity and equality’  Nelson Mandela was an “extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality” who anyone in public service should seek to emulate, Secretary-General...
2019-08-04, 03:13

Security Council must ‘come together’ to address the plight of children trapped in armed conflict, says UN envoy It is “vitally important” that the Security Council “come together” on the current plight of children affected by armed conflict across the globe”, V...
2019-08-03, 00:00

Despite ‘considerable progress,’ Somalia needs help tackling political, economic and rights challenges, says UN expert Although Somalia has made “considerable progress” in its political, economic, social and human rights situation over the past six years, “there is mu...
2019-07-31, 17:39

UN human rights chief fears world has grown numb to Syrian carnage The relentless campaign of airstrikes in Syria has been met with a “collective shrug,” the top United Nations human rights official said on Friday, d...
2019-07-31, 17:39

Easing ‘classroom crisis’ in Côte d’Ivoire, brick by (plastic) brick In an innovative partnership, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and a Colombian social enterprise announced on Monday that it had broken gr...
2019-07-31, 17:39

Murder of Brazilian indigenous leader a ‘worrying symptom’ of land invasion In the wake of the murder of indigenous leader Emrya Wajãpi in Brazil, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has called on th...
2019-07-31, 17:39

Conflict, climate change among factors that increase ‘desperation that enables human trafficking to flourish’, says UN chief To mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has stressed that “human trafficking is a hei...
2019-07-31, 17:39

New UN report shows record number of children killed and maimed in conflict A new UN report has found that 2018 was the worst year on record for children caught up in armed conflict; the year saw the highest numbers killed or...
2019-07-31, 17:39

UN Human Rights Council stands firm on LGBTI violence, Syria detainees and Philippines ‘war on drugs’ The 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council ended on Friday with measures taken to address worrying developments in Eritrea, Syria an...
2019-07-13, 01:52

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Poverty report reveals ‘vast inequalities’, measles compounds DRC Ebola woes, Guterres visits Mozambique, Bangladesh update, freedom of expression online This Thursday, we cover: New poverty report cites ‘vast inequalities’; measles campaign in Ebola-hit DR Congo; World Population Day; UN chief visits ...
2019-07-11, 22:26

UN experts voice ‘deep concern’ over Iran’s ‘consistent pattern’ of denying life-saving medical treatment to detainees Despite repeated calls, Iran continues to deny medical treatment to detainees in what amounts to “a consistent pattern”, according to eight UN human ...
2019-07-10, 19:26

Monday’s Daily Brief: global homicide figures, neo-Nazi recruitment, Kashmir, and migrants’ plight in USA This Monday, we cover: a record high number of civilian casualties in Kashmir this year; a new UN study showing that more people die due to homicide ...
2019-07-08, 21:13

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Libya ‘war crime’ attack, Sudan, Myanmar rights violations continue, ‘xenophobia’ in Assam, South Sudan update In the news this Wednesday: “Outraged” Guterres demands independent inquiry into fatal Libya migrant centre airstrike deaths; Violence and broken pro...
2019-07-04, 01:26

1.4 million refugees set to need urgent resettlement in 2020: UNHCR More than 1.4 million displaced people in over 60 refugee hosting countries will need resettlement next year, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on M...
2019-07-01, 18:00

World Pride underscores that all people are born ‘free and equal’ in dignity and human rights The empowering message straight from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and h...
2019-07-01, 03:26

Thursday’s Daily Brief: dire living conditions in Idlib, migrants at US southern border, end in sight for trachoma, Human Rights Council This Thursday, we cover: the dire humanitarian situation in Syria’s Idlib; living conditions at the US-Mexico border denounced by the UN Children’s F...
2019-06-28, 00:26

Statelessness for terrorists’ families, never an acceptable option, urges UN rights chief Thousands of suspected foreign ISIL terrorist fighters and their families who are being held in detention in Syria and Iraq, must be treated fairly b...
2019-06-27, 22:52

‘Wanton destruction’ in Sudan’s Darfur region, ‘blatant violation’ of international law The looting and destruction of UN food relief agency premises and property in Sudan, has prompted the UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and...
2019-06-27, 22:52

Moratorium call on surveillance technology to end ‘free-for-all’ abuses: UN expert Surveillance technology should be banned immediately until “effective” national or international controls are put in place to lessen its harmful impa...
2019-06-27, 22:52

Peace dividend palpable in South Sudan, but ‘grassroots’ are moving faster than elites, says Shearer The peace dividend from last year’s ceasefire in South Sudan is palpable, but political elites need to follow the example set by local communities on...
2019-06-27, 22:52

Tackle ‘tsunami of hatred’ across the world urges Guterres, to counter anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance The “multi-headed monster” of intolerance, has created a visible and violent “tsunami of hatred” that is gathering speed across the world, said Secre...
2019-06-27, 22:52

Vile act of torture prohibited ‘under all circumstances’, UN chief affirms on International Day to support victims While the prohibition of torture is “absolute, under all circumstances”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres bemoaned the fact that “this core prin...
2019-06-27, 22:52

‘Words must never be met with violence’ urges UN, following Taliban threat to journalists   Following last week’s public threats by Taliban militants to deliberately target media outlets in Afghanistan, the United Nations mission chief in th...
2019-06-27, 22:52

In Venezuela, Bachelet calls on Government to release prisoners, appeals for ‘bold steps towards compromise’ Speaking at the end of the first-ever official mission to Venezuela by a UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet called on the Government to release...
2019-06-22, 16:39

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder ‘an international crime’, says UN-appointed rights investigator In an interview with UN News, Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard recounted her nearly week-long mission to Turkey searching for the truth surrounding...
2019-06-21, 03:52

‘Now is the time to act’ for victims of violence in Sudan, ICC Prosecutor urges Security Council The UN Security Council must “seize this moment” presented by the current turmoil in Sudan, to provide justice at long last for the victims of violen...
2019-06-19, 22:00

Hate speech ‘on notice’ as UN chief launches new plan to ‘identify, prevent and confront’ growing scourge United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has declared war on hate speech, telling Member States on Tuesday, that we all need to “do better a...
2019-06-18, 21:26

UN suspending handover of camps in Darfur, UN peacekeeping chief tells Security Council The joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), is suspending the handover of any more camps for displaced civilians to the Sudanese military,...
2019-06-14, 18:39

Sudan: top UN official demands cessation of violence and rape against civilians by security forces Following recent reports of attacks and rape by security forces and paramilitaries against the pro-democracy protesters in Sudan who have been holdin...
2019-06-14, 00:00

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Albinism, displacement in Central America, family-friendly nations, updates on the Gulf and Darfur This Thursday, top stories includes: International Albinism Awareness Day; the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, appealing for regional talks on Central Amer...
2019-06-13, 21:39

Understanding of LGBT realities ‘non-existent’ in most countries, says UN expert Policymakers in most parts of the world are taking decisions in the dark when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity, an independent UN h...
2019-06-13, 05:52

New Disability Inclusion Strategy is ‘transformative change we need’, says Guterres Disability inclusion is not only a fundamental human right, it is “central to the promise” of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, UN Secretar...
2019-06-11, 21:00

Monday’s Daily Brief: the future of food and digital tech, labour justice in focus, denuclearization, and Kosovo This Monday, top stories includes: a new report on risks and opportunities of digital technology; social justice for all at the centenary UN labour c...
2019-06-10, 21:52

Around 23 million boys have married before reaching 15; ‘we can end this violation’ says UNICEF chief An estimated 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children, 23 million of them before the age of 15, according to the first-ever...
2019-06-07, 04:13

From violence to dialogue: as land conflicts intensify, UN boosts efforts to resolve disputes through mediation The town of Kitchanga, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), hosts the highest concentration of internally displaced ...
2019-05-26, 17:39

UN Mission in Afghanistan gravely concerned about ill-treatment of prisoners by Taliban, following first-hand testimony The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed “grave concern” on Sunday over “credible accounts” it has been given that Taliban militant...
2019-05-26, 14:39

Thursday’s Daily Brief: impact of bad working conditions, Syria and Libya humanitarian news, human rights in Bahrain, families reunified in South Sudan Thursday’s top news includes: A new report on the dangerous impact of stressful working conditions; the need to decongest Al Hol camp in Syria; a US$...
2019-05-21, 19:26

Protect women’s rights ‘before, during and after conflict’ UN chief tells high-level Security Council debate Over the course of the past decade, there has been “a paradigm shift” in understanding the devastating impact of sexual violence in conflict on inter...
2019-05-21, 19:26

‘You can and should do more’ to include people with disabilities, wheelchair-bound Syrian advocate tells Security Council in searing speech The UN Security Council was told on Wednesday that people with disabilities “can’t wait any longer” for more of a say in how the world’s top diplomat...
2019-05-21, 19:26

End ‘political opportunism’ that’s letting hate speech flourish, urges top UN genocide official With murderous attacks against religious institutions on the rise, leaders across the world need to do more to end “political opportunism” and polici...
2019-05-21, 19:26

Wednesday’s Daily brief: Day 3 of anti-hatred summit, UNFPA turns 50, Ben Stiller #WithRefugees, updates on Abyei and Venezuela This Wednesday, our top stories cover: leaders gathered in Geneva to tackle hate speech; the 50th birthday of the UN sexual and reproductive health a...
2019-05-21, 19:26

A free press is ‘cornerstone’ for accountability and ‘speaking truth to power’: Guterres At a time when disinformation and mistrust of the news media is growing, a free press is “essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and h...
2019-05-21, 19:26

Friday’s Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disaster...
2019-05-21, 19:26

Monday’s Daily Brief: #ClimateAction for the Pacific, Gaza blockade, attack in Burkina Faso This Monday, top stories are: Gaza's aid dependency due to the ongoing blockade; a special focus on climate change and its impact on islands and peop...
2019-05-21, 19:26

Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in ‘secret detention facilities’, UN human rights office warns In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified “settlements” and “secret detent...
2019-05-21, 19:26