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‘No evidence death penalty deters any crime,’ senior UN official tells Rights Council

UN News Centre – 04 March 2015

Despite progress in recent years to universally abolish the death penalty, major challenges persist, the United Nations top human rights official said today at a high-level debate in Geneva, expressing concern that the death penalty, in practice, is “too often applied to the poor and marginalized foot soldiers” rather than the powerful organizers of the drug business.

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Political consensus urgent to protect human rights, Ban tells opening session of UN council

UN News Centre – 02 March 2015

The United Nations has the mandates and tools it needs to prevent human rights violations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegations gathered in Geneva today for the opening of the current session of the world body’s Human Rights Council, while he warned that the biggest challenge to using these tools is lack of political consensus among Member States

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Malaysia: UN expert urges Government to boost efforts in helping victims of human trafficking

UN News Centre – 02 March 2015

The Government of Malaysia must increase its efforts in addressing all forms of human trafficking while also protecting the rights of its victims, a United Nations human rights expert said today.

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Iraq: UN documents rights violations of increasingly sectarian nature

UN News Centre – 23 February 2015

A United Nations report released today details widespread human rights violations of an increasingly sectarian nature in Iraq, as well as a deterioration of the rule of law in large parts of the embattled country.

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On Social Justice Day UN spotlights human trafficking modern slavery

UN News – 19 February 2015

20 February 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General said today that the World Day for Social Justice comes at a pivotal moment for people and the planet, adding that this year's commemoration focuses on the scourge of human trafficking and the plight of approximately 21 million women, men and children in various forms of modern slavery.

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UN envoy on Ebola likens final phase of response to ‘looking for needles in haystacks’

UN News Centre – 18 February 2015

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, told the United Nations General Assembly today that the final phase of “getting to zero” cases may well be the hardest, saying the hunt to track down the virus is “like looking for needles in haystacks.”

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Senior UN, European Union relief officials urge protection for vulnerable people in Central African

UN News Centre – 15 February 2015

Senior UN, European Union relief officials urge protection for vulnerable people in Central African Republic

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‘Enormous scale’ of Mediterranean migration tragedy emerges – up to 300 dead, says UN official

UN News Centre – 12 February 2015

A group of African migrants in a detention centre in Malta. Photo: UNHCR/M. Edström

With the number of refugees and migrants confirmed missing following their attempt to cross the Mediterranean into Europe revised from a total of 29 dead to as many as 300, the United Nations refugee agency said today that it is shocked by the new information emerging on the scale of the maritime tragedy.

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South Sudan: UNICEF celebrates ongoing demobilization of child soldiers

UN News Centre – 12 February 2015

Demobilized child soldiers in the village of Gumuruk, Jonglei State, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Mariantonietta Peru

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is applauding the release of another 300 children from an armed group in South Sudan – the second such UN-backed demobilization of child soldiers in less than a month.

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UNICEF, David Beckham launch new initiative to boost funding for world’s children

UN News – 09 February 2015

International football icon and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, today announced his latest fundraising initiative, launched in tandem with the UN agency and aimed at boosting assistance for the world’s youth, amid the planet’s worsening humanitarian crises.

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Fight against child labour gaining momentum in Kosovo, UN agency says

UN News – 09 February 2015

The International Labour Organization (ILO) today spotlighted the fight against child labour in Kosovo, where, it said, children as young as 10 are forced to work on garbage dumps or in the fields risking their health, and noted that progress is being made to eliminate such “unacceptable ways of providing financial support to a family.”

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FEATURE: ‘I’m not whole’ – female genital mutilation survivor speaks out

UN News Centre – 08 February 2015

Jaha was just a week old when she was infibulated.

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West African communities receiving Ebola’s orphans with open arms, UN agency reports

UN News Centre – 08 February 2015

Grief among the more than 16,000 children orphaned by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa runs deep, but most of them have been taken in by families thanks to the bonds of kinship that has proven stronger than stigma and fear associated with the disease, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

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In Washington, UN rights chief says atrocities can be prevented through better global leadership

UN News Centre – 06 February 2015

World leaders too often choose to violate international law and set aside moral principles, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said today, as he warned against “sinking into a state of paralysis” and called for a deeper form of education that equips people with moral courage to act toward one another with responsibility and care.

High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and Cameron Hudson, Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide, take questions from the audience. Credit: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum | Photo: Miriam Lomaskin

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In South Sudan, senior UN official says ‘no doubt’ rights violations are ongoing

UN News Centre – 06 February 2015

Warring parties in the South Sudan conflict say they are close to signing a peace deal, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, told reporters in Juba today as he confirmed that while fighting has decreased, rights violations continue in the world’s youngest country.

Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights speaks to the press during a visit to South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS

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Remembering Holocaust victims, Ban urges unity to eradicate anti-Semitism, all forms of hatred, bigo

UN News Centre – 28 January 2015

The international community has not yet found the antidote to the poison that led to genocide 70 years ago, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lamented today, marking the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust by calling strongly for the world to work together to stamp out all forms of bigotry, hatred and extremism.

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Lack of funding hampering humanitarian aid to war-affected Syrians – UN relief official

UN News Centre – 28 January 2015

More funding is urgently required for humanitarian organizations to help people in desperate need in Syria, the United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council today during a briefing on the situation in the country.

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‘We are being tested again,’ Ban warns as UN marks 70 years since Auschwitz liberation

UN News Centre – 27 January 2015

Seventy years ago today, allied forces liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, urging renewed vigilance to eradicate the deep roots of hatred as anti-Semitic attacks continue and vulnerable communities around the world bury their dead while living in fear of further violence.

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South Sudan: UN welcomes demobilization of child soldiers amid signs of peace

UN News Centre – 27 January 2015

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is celebrating the release of some 3,000 South Sudanese child soldiers today in what is being hailed as one of the largest ever demobilizations of children in a zone of conflict.

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UN experts say post-2015 negotiations must emphasize human rights, accountability

UN News Centre – 26 January 2015

As United Nations Member States start discussions to finalize the post-2015 development agenda, 10 top UN human rights experts have today stressed the need to anchor the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in international human rights standards and to ensure that strong means for ensuring accountability are employed to make sure they are met.

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