Briefing General Assembly, UN rights expert urges dual fight against torture, corruption
The incidences of torture and ill-treatment around the world have not been diminishing and the need for effective prevention is “as great as it ever has been,” a United Nations human rights expert said today as he urged Member States to do more to tackle domestic corruption in order to prevent such episodes of abuses.
South Sudan: UN Mission transfers internally displaced persons to protection sites
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has opened new sites for about 28,000 internally displaced persons adjacent to its bases in three state capitals to improve living conditions of civilians who have been uprooted by the recent conflict, a senior UN official said in Juba today.
DR Congo: Ban deplores expulsion of UN rights officer
Secretary -General Ban Ki-moon has condemned last week’s decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel from the country its top United Nations human rights official, saying that doing so can “only be harmful for the country’s progress” and urged the Government to reconsider its position.
General Assembly elects 15 members to UN Human Rights Council
The General Assembly today elected 15 countries to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2015.
As Ebola response accelerates, UN health agency prepares for arrival of trial vaccines
Amid positive developments in the global fight against Ebola, including a growing response to the Secretary-General’s appeals for the more funding to tackle the outbreak, the United Nations health agency today announced the expected delivery of Ebola candidate vaccines, as the UN system continues to ramps up efforts to quell the spread of the deadly virus.
‘Clock is ticking’ for Gaza; pledges for aid, reconstruction must be honoured – Ban
On the heels of last week’s visit to Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today that promises made at a recent donor conference on rebuilding the war-ravaged enclave must “quickly materialize” into concrete assistance on the ground, especially as winter approaches.
Syria: UN convoy crosses lines to reach children fleeing besieged Kobane
Trucks carrying lifesaving supplies for Syrian children have managed to cross over the battle line in Aleppo for the first time in months, a spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today in what was described as a “small but significant breakthrough” in the UN agency’s efforts to help children displaced by the fighting in Kobane.
UN humanitarian chief urges ongoing assistance, political solution for war-torn Syria
Spotlighting the plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey, as well as the Turkish Government’s efforts to meet the needs of an influx of an estimated 1.6 million people, United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos today urged the world to “remember the suffering of the Syrian people” and the urgent need for a political end to the three year conflict.
Increased taxes, regulation key to fighting tobacco ‘epidemic,’ says UN health agency
The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco “epidemic” and save millions of lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced.
In Detroit, city-backed water shut-offs ‘contrary to human rights,’ say UN experts
The city of Detroit must restore access to water for its citizens who remain unable to pay their bills, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that a failure to do so would be a violation of the most basic human rights of those residents.
Ebola no longer ‘localized emergency,’ UN health officials tell regional summit in Cuba
Ebola is no longer a localized public health emergency, top UN officials said in Havana today as they commended Cuba for sending doctors and nurses to the affected countries in West Africa, and addressed regional leaders gathering to discuss ways to resolve the emergency and halt spread of the virus to regional States.
Somalia: UN envoy condemns attack on African Union troops in Hiiraan region
The UN envoy for Somalia condemned today an attack on African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Hiiraan region and called for calm as rival clans caused insecurity in the area, which is near the centre of the East African country.