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Death Sentence for Apostasy on Mauritanian Blogger

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Death Sentence for Apostasy on Mauritanian Blogger

The United Nations human rights office deplored Tuesday the confirmation of the death sentence for apostasy against a Mauritanian blogger, Mohammad Ould M’Kaitir, by the appellate court on 21 April. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), Mr. Ould M’Kaitir was convicted in the first instance by the criminal [...]

UN Welcomes Release of 83 Prisoners in Myanmar

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UN Welcomes Release of 83 Prisoners in Myanmar

The United Nations (UN) rights chief has welcomed the release of a second wave of 83 prisoners on Myanmar’s New Year last Sunday, by Presidential amnesty. This, according to a UN statement, follows the release of 199 political prisoners on April 8. Myanmar had dropped charges against them or they were pardoned. The prisoners included [...]

Who Will Be the Next UN Secretary-General?

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Who Will Be the Next UN Secretary-General?

Three days of informal briefings came to an end Thursday after nine candidates for the position of the next United Nations Secretary-General answered all together some 800 questions from the UN membership and the public on how, if selected, they would lead the world body. The current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was appointed for a second [...]

UN Opposes Death Sentences in Bangladesh

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UN Opposes Death Sentences in Bangladesh

The United Nations human rights office expressed Friday concern about the latest death sentences handed down against two leaders of an opposition party by the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal. The UN agency said the court’s practices have not met international standards of fair trial and due process. Since its inception in 2010, the tribunal has [...]

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 [...]

UN Women to Bring Gender Equality to Newsrooms

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UN Women to Bring Gender Equality to Newsrooms

The United Nations entity tasked with promoting gender equality has launched a partnership with leading media houses to galvanize attention and concrete action towards women’s rights within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The initiative, Step it Up for Gender Equality Media Compact, brings together a broad coalition of print, broadcast and online [...]

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 [...]

Red from ‘Angry Birds’ Helps You Stay Happy

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Red from ‘Angry Birds’ Helps You Stay Happy

The United Nations has appointed Red, the leader of the “Angry Birds” mobile game characters, as an envoy to inspire climate action toward a sustainable and happier future for all. Red’s appointment, as Honorary Ambassador for Green, is part of a UN campaign launched last week in partnership with the globally renowned characters to make [...]

UN to Assess Rights of Women in Cambodia

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UN to Assess Rights of Women in Cambodia

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia announced Thursday she will be visiting the country Monday to assess the enjoyment of rights by women and indigenous peoples in the country. “I will be focusing on discrimination during my second official visit to Cambodia, examining the situation of marginalised and [...]

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 [...]

North Korea Asked to Stop Destabilising Acts

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North Korea Asked to Stop Destabilising Acts

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “remains gravely concerned” by the situation on the Korean Peninsula following Thursday’s missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea, his spokesman said. “He once again calls on DPRK to return to full compliance with relevant Security Council resolutions and cease destabilising acts, such as [...]

UN Takes Steps to Curb Sexual Exploitation

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UN Takes Steps to Curb Sexual Exploitation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday presented to the Security Council special measures aimed at ending impunity, helping and supporting victims, and strengthening accountability as part of a more effective collective response to sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel. “I am determined that the United Nations must lead by example. Sexual exploitation and abuse [...]

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