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Violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state could amount to crimes against humanity – UN special adviser

Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The scale of violence against the Rohingya community in Myanmar’s Rakhine state documented in a recent United Nations human rights report is a level of dehumanization and cruelty that is “revolting and unacceptable,” the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide said today, underlining the Government’s responsibility to ensure that populations are protected. In […]

Refugees fleeing danger are ‘not dangerous themselves’ – UN agency chief

High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi briefs the press in Beirut, Lebanon, on his landmark trip to Syria.

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The head of the United Nations refugee agency warned developed countries against politicizing the issue of refugees, stressing that the move risked undermining the principle of international solidarity with those fleeing war and persecution. “These are people that flee from danger, they’re not dangerous themselves,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told reporters in […]

UN report details ‘devastating cruelty’ against Rohingya population in Myanmar’s Rakhine province

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In a report issued by the United Nations human rights arm, the widespread human rights violations against the Rohingya population by Myanmar’s security forces in the country’s northern Rakhine state indicate the very likely commission of crimes against humanity. The flash report – released today by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human […]

Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine extracting heavy civilian toll, UN Security Council hears

Many homes on the front line in Ukraine have been so badly damaged by shelling that they remain abandoned. Photo: Daniel Gerstle/IRIN

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in eastern Ukraine, the top United Nations political and humanitarian officials has underlined that continuing fighting in the region, with only short periods of respite, have exasperated human suffering. “Since 7 January this year, and in particular over the last few days, we have seen a dangerous intensification […]

Low and middle income countries bear disproportionate burden of cervical cancer – UN agency

Photo: GAVI/Olivier Asselin

Noting that cervical cancer kills more than 250,000 women every year and that 85 per cent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, the United Nations health agency has underlined the importance of vaccinating girls against the cancer-causing virus and screening programmes to detect and treat precancerous lesions. The agency also stressed the […]

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