Category: Mass Atrocity Crimes

Religious leaders deserve full support in quest for peace, says UN adviser on genocide prevention

Religious leaders. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Religious leaders and faith-based organizations have a responsibility to contribute to peaceful societies and the international community must support these grassroots peacemakers in their daily activities, the United Nations official mandated to fight genocide has told an international meeting on religion. Addressing the third annual symposium on ‘The Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in […]

Possibility of genocide in South Sudan is “all too real”, Ban warns in opinion piece

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) line up early in the morning for a general food distribution at the UN Protection of Civilians Site, Malakal, South Sudan. Photo: IOM/Bannon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in an opinion piece published by Newsweek. The UN chief recalled that following decades of war, South Sudan became the world’s newest country five years ago and when he attended the 2011 independence celebrations in the capital, Juba, “hopes were high that the long-suffering people of the oil-rich country would […]

‘We are not giving up,’ despite evacuation failure – UN envoys on Syria

A boy, displaced from the ongoing conflict in Syria, sits and reads a book in the rubble of destroyed buildings. Photo: UNICEF/UN029875/Al-Issa 27 October 2016 – Expressing their disappointment that the sick and wounded were not evacuated from Syria’s war-torn eastern Aleppo, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria and his Senior Advisor today vowed […]

Credible political transition remains ‘the central issue’ in ending horrific Syrian conflict, says UN chief

A child and a man sell baked goods in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Rami Zayat 20 October 2016 – Stressing that the Syrian conflict “continues to reach new and awful depths,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed Russia’s latest unilateral announcement of a humanitarian pause to the bombing in war-raved eastern Aleppo, but emphasized that […]