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New anti-homosexuality law in Uganda violates basic human rights, stress UN officials

UN News Centre – 24 February 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have spoken out against the anti-homosexuality law signed into force today in Uganda, saying it violates basic human rights and endangers lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the country.

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UN, humanitarian partners sound global alarm on behalf of Syria’s children

UN News Centre – 24 February 2014

Moved by the dire plight of more than 5 million war-traumatized Syrian children – both inside and outside the country – United Nations agencies and their partners today joined forces to urge the world to demand an end to the “relentless horror and suffering” those children face before an entire generation is lost.

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UNICEF calls for US$2.2 billion to help 59 million children in emergencies

UNICEF – 21 February 2014

UNICEF appealed today for almost US$2.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children, who face conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies in 50 countries.

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Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill has ‘serious human rights implications’ – UNAIDS

UN News Centre – 18 February 2014

The United Nations agency leading the global HIV/AIDS response warned today that the signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda would have “serious human rights implications” and urged protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the world.

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Manus Island disturbance prompts UN call for ensuring protection of asylum-seekers

UN News Centre – 18 February 2014

The United Nations refugee agency today highlighted the need to address “significant shortcomings” in the process by which Australia moves asylum-seekers to Papua New Guinea and called for a probe into recent incidents that reportedly led to the death of an asylum-seeker on Manus Island.

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UN Commission report places spotlight on human rights in North Korea

UN Newsletter – 17 February 2014

A wide array of crimes against humanity, arising from “policies established at the highest level of State,” have been committed and continue to take place in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, according to a UN report released Monday, which also calls for urgent action by the international community to address the human rights situation in the country, including referral to the International Criminal Court.

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Needs remain ‘enormous’ in Philippines 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan - UN

UN News Centre – 16 February 2014

The United Nations and its partners in the Philippines are warning today that millions of people still require urgent assistance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods, 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, cut a swath of devastation across the archipelago.

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UN-Arab League envoy apologizes to Syrian people over stalemate in peace talks

UN News Centre – 15 February 2014

Calling an end to the latest round of United Nations-backed talks in Geneva on Syria's civil war, Lakhdar Brahimi apologized to the Syrian people on Saturday for the lack of progress on halting the bloodshed in their country, and urged Government and opposition negotiators to go back to their bases and reflect on their responsibility and “on whether they want this process to continue or not.”

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Solomon Islands witness the launch of its new electronic civil registration system

UNICEF – 10 February 2014

Solomon Islands has taken another step forward in improving its services to citizens with the official launching of its new Electronic Civil Registration Database System, replacing the previous paper- based system, on Friday 7th February in Honiara.

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UN humanitarian chief urges safe passage for aid delivery to Syrians in need

UN News Centre – 09 February 2014

A top United Nations official said she is deeply disappointed that a three-day humanitarian pause agreed between the parties to the Syrian conflict was broken on Saturday and aid workers were deliberately targeted as they tried to deliver food and medicine to Homs.

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Bohol Earthquake Survivors Need Support

UNOCHA – 06 February 2014

Nearly four months after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated parts of Bohol Island in the Philippines, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC), Luiza Carvalho, is calling on donors to provide an additional US$19 million for urgent shelter needs, as well as health, education and early
recovery efforts in the affected areas.

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IKEA sustainable lighting initiative seeks to brighten lives of refugees in UN camps

UN News Centre – 04 February 2014

The IKEA Foundation has launched a two-month campaign to raise funds to provide solar-powered lighting and other renewable energy technologies in refugee camps run by the United Nations through the sale of light bulbs in its stores around the world.

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First UN report on children in Syria’s civil war paints picture of ‘unspeakable’ horrors

UN News Centre – 04 February 2014

Syrian children have been subjected to “unspeakable” suffering in the nearly three years of civil war, with the Government and allied militia responsible for countless killings, maiming and torture, and the opposition for recruiting youngsters for combat and using terror tactics in civilian areas, according to the first United Nations report on the issue.

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South Sudan: UN relief chief visits communities displaced by recent violence

UN News Centre – 28 January 2014

The United Nations humanitarian chief continued her visit to South Sudan today with a stop in Malakal in Upper Nile state, where she met with communities displaced by the recent conflict and observed the efforts of aid agencies that have been assisting those affected by the violence.

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Geneva Conference on Syria - Update

UNIC Canberra – 23 January 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a concerted new effort to end the brutal civil war in Syria, urging the Government, the opposition, and representatives of some 40 other countries and regional organizations to seize the historic opportunity to end the bloodshed.

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Senior UN officials urge restraint, dialogue to defuse tensions fuelling protests in Ukraine

UN News Centre – 21 January 2014

Urging restraint amid widespread anti-Government protests in Ukraine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called today for sustained and inclusive dialogue to defuse tensions in the country.

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Key UN body can now hear complaints from children whose rights have been violated

UN News Centre – 14 January 2014

A new legal instrument allowing children or their representatives to file a complaint with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is set to go into effect in April, following its final required ratification, the United Nations today announced.

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UN human rights chief denounces ‘draconian’ anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria

UN News Centre – 14 January 2014

The United Nations human rights chief today voiced her alarm at a “draconian” new law in Nigeria that further criminalizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, organizations and activities, as well as people who support them.

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‘World must do more’ to aid besieged communities in Syria, urges top UN relief official

UN News Centre – 12 January 2014

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos sounded the alarm today on behalf of more than 9 million desperate Syrians – particularly people trapped in areas cut off from aid by months of fighting between Government and rebel forces – and called on the world to also do more for those that have been displaced by violence or otherwise impacted by the ongoing crisis.

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Marking fourth anniversary of Haiti earthquake, UN pledges ongoing support to country’s recovery

UN News Centre – 12 January 2014

United Nations officials are calling on the international community to increase aid to Haiti on the fourth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck the impoverished country, as well as pledging the Organization's ongoing solidarity with the Haitian people and Government.

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