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UN-Arab League Agreement to Prevent Sexual Violence

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UN-Arab League Agreement to Prevent Sexual Violence

The United Nations and the League of Arab States signed an agreement Tuesday to strengthen collaboration on prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in the Arab region. The agreement was signed in Cairo, Egypt, by the UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, and Nabil el-Araby, Secretary-General of the League of the [...]

Will Yemen See the End of Conflict?

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Will Yemen See the End of Conflict?

Following “extensive” consultations with Yemeni leaders and regional partners, the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen announced Wednesday that parties to the conflict have agreed to a nation-wide cessation of hostilities beginning at midnight on 10 April, in advance of the upcoming round of peace talks, scheduled on 18 April in Kuwait. “I have previously [...]

Ebola Flare-Up Is Over in Sierra Leone: WHO

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Ebola Flare-Up Is Over in Sierra Leone: WHO

The latest flare-up of Ebola in Sierra Leone is over, the United Nations health agency reported Thursday. But it cautioned that the West African region remains at risk and should remain on alert. “Today marks another milestone in the country’s effort to defeat Ebola,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement praising “rapid [...]

Amnesty Seeks Human Rights Access in Morocco

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Amnesty Seeks Human Rights Access in Morocco

Salil Shetty, the Secretary General of Amnesty International, is visiting Rabat on 17-18 March to meet Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and other government officials. The meeting is supposed to obtain guarantees that Amnesty will be granted access to conduct fact-finding missions to Morocco and Western Sahara. Amnesty says it has been unable to conduct human [...]

NATO Reaffirms Support to Afghanistan

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NATO Reaffirms Support to Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised the dedication and courage of Afghan forces and Resolute Support troops in Kabul on Wednesday. He stressed that NATO stands with Afghanistan and will continue to support the country, including through its Resolute Support Mission and financial support. “Our mission here is no longer a combat mission. But it [...]

Over 8 Million Children Affected by Conflict in Syria

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Over 8 Million Children Affected by Conflict in Syria

An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children – have been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report. This figure includes 306,000 children born as refugees since 2011. In total, UNICEF estimates that some 8.4 [...]

South Sudan: UN Report on Killings and Rapes

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South Sudan: UN Report on Killings and Rapes

A new report on South Sudan published Friday by the UN Human Rights Office describes “in searing detail” a multitude of horrendous human rights violations, including a Government-operated “scorched earth policy,” and deliberate targeting of civilians for killing, rape and pillage. Although all parties to the conflict have committed patterns of serious and systematic violence [...]

Is War-Torn Syria Ready for the Elections?

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Is War-Torn Syria Ready for the Elections?

The United Nations believes that after nearly six years of conflict, Syria will have the democratic elections in the next 18 months, which will virtually bring an end to the Bashar al-Assad regime. UN Special Envoy for Syria announced Wednesday that ‘substantive’ UN-mediated peace talks will begin next Monday, as humanitarian aid convoys continue to [...]

UN Peacekeepers Face Sexual Abuse Allegations

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UN Peacekeepers Face Sexual Abuse Allegations

With 99 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse uncovered by the United Nations in 2015 – 69 of these in countries where peacekeeping operations are deployed – the Organization presented its latest report Friday on special measures to protect people from these crimes. Last December, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged to urgently review recommendations made by [...]

South Sudan: Call for End to Civilian Suffering

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South Sudan: Call for End to Civilian Suffering

The United Nations deputy humanitarian chief on Friday called on all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to protect civilians and grant safe and unhindered humanitarian access as she wrapped up a two-day visit to the African country. Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, accompanied UN Secretary-General Ban [...]

Russia, US Agree to End Hostilities in Syria

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Russia, US Agree to End Hostilities in Syria

President of Russia Vladimir Putin said in an address Monday that Russia and the US have agreed to work together for the cessation of hostilities in Syria. Earlier, Putin had a telephone conversation with the US President Barack Obama on the subject. Both Russia and the US have adopted a joint statement as co-chairs of [...]

Syria Reduced to Ruins: UN Human Rights Panel

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Syria Reduced to Ruins: UN Human Rights Panel

As the Syrian conflict is entering its sixth year, civilians are bearing the brunt of intensifying hostilities conducted by an ever-increasing number of warring parties, with aerial bombardments by pro-Government forces leaving “few safe places,” a new United Nations-mandated report has found. The new report of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, a body mandated [...]