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U.N. rights commissioner voices fear of Burundi violence turning ethnic

U.N. rights commissioner voices fear of Burundi violence turning ethnic

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday he feared increased violence and incitement in Burundi's crisis could turn ethnic in nature, but the government rebuffed his comments.

 Wed Jun 29 14:24:47 UTC 2016

U.N. to clarify Syria talks outlook on June 29

The prospects for a new round of Syria peace talks should be clearer after the U.N. Security Council discusses the various options on June 29, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday.

 Thu Jun 23 12:05:55 UTC 2016

Experts urge follow-up probe to Mexican student massacre

Independent investigators who probed the disappearance and apparent massacre of 43 Mexican students in 2014 called on Tuesday for a robust follow-up to resolve the high-profile case and establish the truth.

 Wed Jun 22 15:16:43 UTC 2016

Bahrain move against Shi'ite leader 'clearly unjustified': U.N.

Bahrain's decision to revoke the citizenship of the spiritual leader of the kingdom's Shi'ite Muslim majority is "clearly unjustified" under international law, a spokeswoman for the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday.

 Tue Jun 21 09:22:09 UTC 2016

Powers must push for political solution in Syria: U.N.

United Nations war crimes investigators called on world powers on Tuesday to pressure the warring sides in Syria to return to the negotiating table to hold the conflict and civilian suffering.

 Tue Jun 21 09:17:31 UTC 2016

Record 65.3 million people displaced, often face barriers: UNHCR

A record 65.3 million people were uprooted worldwide last year, many of them fleeing wars only to face walls, tougher laws and xenophobia as they reach borders, the United Nations refugee agency said on Monday.

 Mon Jun 20 05:06:38 UTC 2016

MSF spurns EU funding in protest at Turkey migrant deal

Medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said it will reject all funding from the European Union and its member states in protest at a deal the EU reached to stem the flow of migrants and refugees via Turkey.

 Fri Jun 17 09:03:56 UTC 2016

Islamic State committing genocide against Yazidis: U.N.

Islamic State (ISIS) has committed the crime of genocide against the Yazidis in Syria and Iraq, seeking to destroy the ethno-religious group of 400,000 through killings, sexual slavery and other crimes, United Nations investigators said on Thursday.

 Thu Jun 16 09:08:44 UTC 2016

U.N. agency cuts 2016 estimate for refugee arrivals in Europe

The U.N. refugee agency said on Monday it expects 248,000 refugees and migrants to arrive in Europe via the Eastern Mediterranean this year, far lower than the "up to 1 million" it foresaw at the start of the year.

 Mon Jun 13 19:42:01 UTC 2016

U.N. rights boss deplores detention of migrants in Europe

The United Nations human rights boss on Monday decried a "worrying rise" in detention of migrants in so-called "hotspots" in Greece and Italy and urged authorities to find alternatives to confining children while their asylum requests are processed.

 Mon Jun 13 09:26:07 UTC 2016

Exclusive: Syria prisoner releases conditional on joining army, opposition says

Syria's government has freed prisoners on condition that they join the army upon their release, the president of the opposition Syrian Coalition Anas al-Abdah told Reuters on Friday, citing reports from Adra Central Prison near Damascus.

 Fri Jun 10 16:02:32 UTC 2016

U.N. convoy brings food to besieged Syrian town of Daraya

An international aid convoy reached the Syrian rebel-held town of Daraya overnight to deliver food supplies for the first time since 2012, when the town came under siege by government forces, the United Nations said on Friday.

 Fri Jun 10 13:38:47 UTC 2016

U.N. says Israel move on Palestinian permits may be collective punishment

Israel's cancellation of entry permits for Palestinians following a deadly attack in Tel Aviv may amount to collective punishment, which is banned under international law, the United Nations' top human rights official said on Friday.

 Fri Jun 10 09:37:19 UTC 2016

Syria holding up food aid, U.N. asks for airlift approval

The United Nations is still waiting for Syrian government agreement for an aid convoy to enter the besieged town of Daraya and has requested approval to airlift food into four locations if land routes are unavailable, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.

 Tue Jun 07 19:31:51 UTC 2016

WHO to consider new evidence on Zika, Olympics next week

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it will convene experts next week to discuss the Zika outbreak, including its impact on the Rio Olympics, as new research suggests only a slight risk that more tourists will be infected at the Games.

 Tue Jun 07 18:24:36 UTC 2016

Toll from shipwreck off Crete last week seen at 320 migrants: IOM

Some 320 migrants and refugees are now feared to have drowned in a shipwreck off the Greek island of Crete last week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday, citing survivors' testimony.

 Tue Jun 07 13:03:11 UTC 2016

WHO emergency panel to meet in June on Zika and Olympics - spokeswoman

The World Health Organisation's (WHO) Emergency Committee on Zika will meet in coming weeks to evaluate the risks tied to holding the Olympic Games in Rio from August, a WHO spokeswoman said on Friday.

 Fri Jun 03 21:08:32 UTC 2016

Israel 'engaging' with ICC over Gaza war crimes inquiry: prosecutor

Israel is holding discussions with the International Criminal Court over its investigation into possible war crimes in the 2014 Gaza conflict, the ICC's prosecutor said.

 Fri Jun 03 12:07:41 UTC 2016

Deadly week in Mediterranean as smugglers pack boats: UNHCR

At least 880 migrants and refugees died trying to cross the Mediterranean last week, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday, giving updated figures after interviewing survivors brought to Italy.

 Tue May 31 09:37:00 UTC 2016
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