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UN rights chief welcomes conviction of Congolese army officer for crimes against humanity

UN News Centre – 19 December 2014

The top United Nations official on human rights issues has welcomed the recent conviction and sentencing of a senior army officer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for crimes against humanity, adding that the move would help garner momentum for other similar cases currently underway in the country.

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Security Council renews cross-border aid delivery to Syria for a year

UN News Centre – 17 December 2014

The United Nations Security Council has today renewed for 12 months the use of routes across conflict lines and several border crossings in Syria so that humanitarian assistance can reach communities in need, as it expressed outrage at the escalating violence that has killed nearly 200,000 people.

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Central African Republic: UNICEF warns two out of five children without vital aid

UN News Centre – 17 December 2014

Two out of five children urgently needing humanitarian aid in Central African Republic are without it, thanks to a critical lack of funding and continued conflict, a year after extreme violence tore through the country, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said today.

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Taliban attack on Pakistan school an act of ‘horror and rank cowardice’, says UN chief

UN News Centre – 16 December 2014

Pupil of a primary school class in Pakistan. Photo: UNESCO/Akhtar Soomro

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the “blood-curdling attack” on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has cost the lives of at least 130 people, the vast majority of whom were children.

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Somalia: UN expert urges Government to ramp up efforts in securing human rights legislation

UN News Centre – 13 December 2014

Somalia's Government and the international community must work to strengthen the country's rule of law institutions and safeguard its full transition to peace, stability and democracy, a United Nations human rights expert urged today.

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‘Things are about to change,’ UN expert urges Malta to prepare for migrants

UN News Centre – 10 December 2014

Malta, a key entry point into Europe, needs to step up its preparation for migrants and asylum-seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea and arriving at its external borders, United Nations human rights expert François Crépeau warned today.

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UN agency requests $400 million ‘lifeline’ for Palestinian refugees

UN News Centre – 09 December 2014

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has today launched an emergency appeal for $414 million to support those living in the occupied Palestinian territory, where demands for “lifeline” services continue to grow.

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UNICEF declares 2014 ‘devastating year’ for millions of children trapped by conflict

UN News Centre – 08 December 2014

Never in recent memory have so many children been subjected to such unspeakable brutality, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today as 2014 has been “devastating” for some 15 million children caught up in violent conflicts around the world.

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As global humanitarian needs skyrocket, UN launches $16 billion appeal for aid funding

UN News Centre – 08 December 2014

The United Nations today launched a multi-billion dollar appeal for critical funding as its humanitarian arm and relief agencies prepare to tackle an unprecedented level of crisis around the world in 2015, the Organization announced today.

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‘We will provide whatever is needed’, UN pledges response to Philippines typhoon

UN News Centre – 07 December 2014

The United World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it is “working flat-out” to support the Philippines Government's humanitarian response to Typhoon Hagupit which could possibly impact more than 30 million people.

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Half a million displaced in eastern Ukraine as winter looms, warns UN refugee agency

UN News Centre – 05 December 2014

The fighting in eastern Ukraine this year has internally displaced over half a million people leaving them vulnerable to the harsh winter months ahead, the United Nations Refugee (UNHCR) warned today as aid workers race against the clock to distribute essential cold-weather supplies.

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Indian Ocean: UN warns of uptick in clandestine migration despite ‘horrific’ dangers

UN News Centre – 05 December 2014

More people are risking their lives to cross the Indian Ocean on smuggler’s boats despite the great risks involved, including the prospect of “horrific violence,” the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

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On Day to Abolish Slavery, UN urges end to modern-day scourge trapping 21 million

UN News Centre – 02 December 2014

Today, 21 million women, men and children worldwide are trapped in slavery, denied the right to live and ultimately work in freedom, dignity and equality, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has spotlighted on this International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

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WFP Forced To Suspend Syrian Refugee Food Assistance, Warns Of Terrible Impact As Winter Nears

WFP – 01 December 2014

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it has been forced to suspend a critical programme providing food vouchers to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, due to a funding crisis.

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Greater accountability needed to eradicate rampant modern-day slavery

OHCHR – 01 December 2014

“Millions of people throughout the world, including children, are faced with persistent violations of their fundamental human rights. They are subjected to modern-day slavery, with insufficient political will and resources dedicated to lifting them out of such abhorrent conditions,” UN human rights experts today warned.

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UNRWA Audiovisual Archive for Palestine Refugees

UNRWA – 01 December 2014

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) unveils the first images of its newly digitized archiveOver half a million images and hours of film will follow, covering all aspects of the lives and history of Palestine refugees from 1948 to the present day.

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Committee against Torture concluded fifty-third session

UNOG – 28 November 2014

The Committee against Torture today concluded its fifty-third session after adopting its concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of Sweden, Ukraine, Venezuela, Australia, Burundi, United States, Croatia and Kazakhstan on their implementation of the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

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UN refugee agency welcomes adoption of civil registration declaration in Asia-Pacific

UN News Centre – 28 November 2014

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) welcomed the adoption today of an Asia-Pacific ministerial declaration proclaiming a shared vision of civil registration for all people by 2024.

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Emergency declared in Gaza following severe flooding – UN agency

UN News Centre – 28 November 2014

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, has declared an emergency in Gaza City, following extreme weather and severe flooding over the past 48 hours exacerbating the already poor humanitarian situation in the enclave, which is dealing with the aftermath of a last summer’s conflict, and an acute fuel and energy crisis.

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1.1 million HIV infections in children averted

UNICEF – 28 November 2014

An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, as new cases declined by over 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, according to data released by UNICEF today ahead of World AIDS Day.

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