UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted and abused in South Sudan

18 October 2018
Human Rights
Hundreds of civilians who were taken by opposition forces in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region during an uptick in fighting are still missing, the UN’s top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for their immediate release.

The development reportedly happened in April, ahead of the signing in August of a new peace agreement aimed at ending years of bloody civil war involving President Salva Kiir and former vice-President, Riek Machar, who has backing from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in-Opposition (SPLA-IO).

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Displaced families face aftermath of Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

17 October 2018
INDONESIA, Central Sulawesi, 17 October 2018 – Yuda, 11, holds on tightly to his six-year-old sister Ence’s arm. The siblings are walking home, not to their house, but to a tent where their family has been staying since the earthquake and tsunami devastated Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on 28 September.

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‘Virginity testing’: a human rights violation, with no scientific basis – UN

17 October 2018
Women
A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of a girl or a woman, which is a common practice in at least 20 countries.

The statement, which was issued during the World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in Rio de Janeiro, stresses that such tests are both unscientific, and a violation of human rights.

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Africa is ‘on the rise’, says UN chief Guterres, urging collaboration for better future

17 October 2018
SDGs
Africa is “on the move and on the rise” with communities coming together to resolve their problems and offer mutual support, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted on Wednesday.

He urged everyone with a stake in Africa’s success to seize the new opportunities and work together with people on the continent for the common good.

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West Bank: ‘imminent’ demolition of Palestinian village could be ‘war crime’ – ICC Prosecutor

17 October 2018
Human Rights
The Prosecutor mandated to oversee the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the International Criminal Court (ICC) stated on Wednesday that her office is keeping “a close eye” on the planned demolition of a Palestinian village in the West Bank by Israeli authorities, warning that, according to international law, it could constitute a “war crime”.
“I have been following with concern the planned eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, in the West Bank,” said Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, noting that “evacuation by force now appears imminent” and could result in “further escalation and violence”.

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Nigeria: UN chief ‘appalled’ by killing of aid worker; calls for release of remaining hostages

16 October 2018
Humanitarian Aid
The United Nations Secretary-General strongly condemned on Tuesday the killing of an aid worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in north-east Nigeria. He said he was “appalled” by her death on Monday.

The aid worker, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, a 24-year-old midwife and nurse had been working in the town of Rann, near the border with Cameroon. She was abducted on 1 March, along with two other nurses, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa and Alice Loksha, following an attack on the town by armed extremists, in which dozens were killed.

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Congolese expelled from Angola returning to ‘desperate situation’: UN refugee agency

16 October 2018
Migrants and Refugees
Congolese nationals forced back across the border to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after being expelled from neighbouring Angola, “are returning to a desperate situation,” a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson said on Tuesday. Continue reading

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UN ‘stands in solidarity’ with cyclone-hit India – Secretary-General Guterres

16 October 2018
Humanitarian Aid
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed sadness at the loss of lives and devastation caused by Cyclone Titli in India and said that the Organization is ready to provide assistance.

In a statement issued by his office, Mr. Guterres said that the UN “stands in solidarity with the Government of India and is ready to support the response.” Continue reading

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UN migration agency: young Rohingya girls, largest group of trafficking victims in camps

16 October 2018
Migrants and Refugees
More than a year into the crisis in Cox’s Bazar, the number of Rohingya refugees has reached nearly one million, with young girls in Bangladesh refugee camps sold into forced labour accounting for the largest group of trafficking victims, reported the UN Migration Agency (IOM) on Tuesday. Continue reading

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Top UN rights official urges transparent probe into Khashoggi disappearance

16 October 2018
Human Rights
The top United Nations human rights official has called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to “reveal everything they know” about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. Continue reading

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