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Asia boat migrants: UN despair over lack of rescues

Asia boat migrants: UN despair over lack of rescues

The UN has condemned the refusal of South-East Asian countries to rescue thousands of migrants adrift at sea. At least 700 Bangladeshis and Rohingya from Myanmar were rescued off Aceh last week by locals, bringing the numbers in camps there to at least 1,500. UNHCR spokeswoman Vivian Tan said the lack of rescues over the […]

Security Council condemns Burundi coup: UN

Security Council condemns Burundi coup: UN

The UN Security Council has condemned both those behind a coup attempt in Burundi and President Pierre Nkurunziza after weeks of violence in the southeast African country. In a unanimous statement on Thursday, the 15-member council said it condemned both those who “facilitate violence” against civilians and those who seek to seize power by unlawful […]

UN peacekeepers ambushed, killed in DR Congo

UN peacekeepers ambushed, killed in DR Congo

Patrol ambushed in an area where government forces are fighting Ugandan rebels, the country’s UN mission says. Two United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania have been killed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after their patrol was ambushed in an area where government forces are fighting Ugandan rebels, the country’s UN mission said. The peacekeepers […]

UN: Atttack On Mission Helicopter Intolerable

UN: Atttack On Mission Helicopter Intolerable

4 May 2015 – The head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has condemned today’s attack on a UN helicopter near the city of Beni as “unacceptable and intolerable.” “I strongly condemn the firing at one of our helicopters in Beni territory,” declared Martin Kobler, the […]

South Sudan ratifies landmark child rights treaty

South Sudan ratifies landmark child rights treaty

4 May 2015 – The United Nations has hailed South Sudan’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as the African nation takes a critical step towards protecting and promoting the rights of all children. “We applaud South Sudan for ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” declared the […]

Israel struck Gaza shelters

Israel struck Gaza shelters

At least 44 Palestinians were killed by “Israeli actions” while sheltering at seven UN schools during last summer’s war in Gaza, a UN inquiry has found. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he deplored the deaths and stressed that UN facilities were “inviolable”. The inquiry also found that three empty UN schools were used by […]

British aid worker shot dead by a gunman in South Sudan

British aid worker shot dead by a gunman in South Sudan

A British aid worker in war-torn South Sudan was shot dead late on Tuesday in the capital Juba, colleagues said.The Briton, who was working for an international aid organisation, was reportedly killed by a gunman who followed him into his compound in the capital Juba by a gunman who then fled, colleagues said, who asked […]

Over 2.5 million South Sudanese on the edge of famine: UN makes an appeal for $1.8bn in aid

Over 2.5 million South Sudanese on the edge of famine: UN makes an appeal for $1.8bn in aid

Over 2.5 million South Sudanese are on the edge of famine and civil war is expected to continue, the United Nations warned on Monday, making an appeal for $1.8bn in aid.UN emergency relief co-ordinator Valerie Amos said she witnessed “first-hand the continuing widespread devastation and destruction” and an “untenable level of suffering” after returning from […]

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