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UN Unveils Memorial to Victims of Slave Trade

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UN Unveils Memorial to Victims of Slave Trade

United Nations (UN) officials welcomed Wednesday the unveiling at the world body’s New York Headquarters of a permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade which they acknowledged was one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history. “This memorial stands as a strong and permanent reminder – not only of [...]

UN Report Indicates ISIS Committed Genocide in Iraq

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UN Report Indicates ISIS Committed Genocide in Iraq

A report released Thursday by the United Nations human rights office says that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) may have committed genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in its attacks against ethnic and religious groups in Iraq. Compiled by investigators sent to the region last year by the [...]

Syria Crisis Claimed 220,000 Lives in 5 Years

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Syria Crisis Claimed 220,000 Lives in 5 Years

World leaders must put their differences aside and work to bring about meaningful change in Syria, where the country’s ongoing brutal conflict is preparing to enter its fifth year, senior United Nations (UN) officials have urged. “We have expressed our horror, our outrage, our frustration as we have watched the tragedy unfold,” the UN’s senior [...]

Cluster Bombs Used in Libya: Reports

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Cluster Bombs Used in Libya: Reports

Even as the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is making efforts to put an end to the crisis in the North African nation, new reports surface about the use of lethal cluster bombs in Libya. Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports that remnants of RBK-250 PTAB 2.5M cluster bombs, which are banned, were found [...]

UN Mission Urges Libya to End Crisis

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UN Mission Urges Libya to End Crisis

Libyan stakeholders must seize the momentum generated by the on-going political dialogue and bring an end to the country’s instability and insecurity, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said Monday amid continuing fighting in the North African nation. In a statement, UNSMIL confirmed that Libyan parties involved in the UN-facilitated process had concluded [...]

Political Consensus Urgent to Protect Human Rights: UN

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Political Consensus Urgent to Protect Human Rights: UN

The United Nations (UN) has the mandates and tools it needs to prevent human rights violations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegations gathered in Geneva Monday for the opening of the current session of the world body’s Human Rights Council. He warned that the biggest challenge to using these tools is lack of political consensus among [...]

UN Condemns ISIS Bomb Attacks in Libya

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UN Condemns ISIS Bomb Attacks in Libya

The United Nations Security Council has condemned Friday’s deadly bomb attacks in al-Qubbah, Libya, claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), also known by its Arabic acronym, Da’esh. According to reports, the Friday morning attack which came in three separate waves, killed at least 45 people [...]

Syria Urged to Release Human Rights Activists

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Syria Urged to Release Human Rights Activists

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday urged Syrian authorities to release all those who have been held by Government forces and its militias, without due process, in some cases for years on end. This is particularly worrying, given reports of widespread and systematic torture and other ill-treatment as well [...]

How Corruption Stifles Economic Growth

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How Corruption Stifles Economic Growth

Corruption is the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development around the world. But it does not just steal money from where it is needed the most; it leads to weak governance, which in turn fuels organized criminal groups and promotes crimes such as human trafficking, arms and migrant smuggling, counterfeiting and the trade [...]

Say “No” to Female Genital Mutilation: UN

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Say “No” to Female Genital Mutilation: UN

On the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), marked every year on February 6, and this year focused on ending the ‘medicalization’ of the procedure, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on health workers around the world to eliminate what he called a ‘deeply harmful’ practice. FGM is the removal [...]

UN Chief Urges Pakistan to End Executions

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UN Chief Urges Pakistan to End Executions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Government of Pakistan to bring an end to the executions of all convicts and re-impose the country’s moratorium on the death penalty, a United Nations (UN) spokesperson said. Mr. Ban’s appeal follows Pakistan’s recent decision to lift a six-year moratorium on the use of the death penalty following [...]

NHK WORLD TV Service Launched for United Nations

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NHK WORLD TV Service Launched for United Nations

Japan International Broadcasting, the distribution company of NHK’s international channels, announced a five-year partnership with the United Nations (U.N.) Headquarters in New York City. It brings NHK WORLD TV, the stand-alone, 24-hour, English-language television news and lifestyle network, to the U.N.‘s In-House Network channel. NHK WORLD TV is the first outside news channel broadcasting in [...]

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