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International Criminal Court oversight chief ‘deeply regrets’ US decision to target officials investigating Afghanistan war crimes

UN Photo/Rick BajornasPermanent headquarters of the International Criminal Court at The Hague. (file)   Responding to the decision of the United States Government to sanction International Criminal Court (ICC) officials and their family members, O-Gon Kwon, President of the Assembly of States Parties, the body that oversees the ICC, denounced the measures which, he said, undermine the […]

Children caught in conflict facing ‘brutality and fear while the world watches’

© UNICEF/Helene Sandbu RyengOn 26 May 2020 in Juba, South Sudan, children released from armed forces are seated on the ground while negotiations for their reintegration take place.  Boys and girls used and abused in armed conflict have had their childhoods replaced by “pain, brutality and fear while the world watches”, the UN Special Representative of the […]

COVID-19 in Africa: WHO urges constant vigilance as cases top 200,000

MINUSCA/Biliaminou A. AlaoSome 300 drivers, including motorcycle taxi drivers, in Bangui,Central African Republic, received information about preventive measures to fight the coronavirus.     COVID-19 is accelerating in Africa, with more than 200,000 cases and more than 5,600 deaths, the regional office for the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday. Africa recorded its first case of the new […]

Still much to learn about new coronavirus: WHO

ILO/KB MpofuA woman wearing a COVID-19 protective mask walks past a group of police officers on patrol in Harare, Zimbabwe.     Research is ongoing to determine how the virus that causes COVID-19 can be transmitted by people who show no symptoms of the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Wednesday. The […]

Invest in humanitarian relief now, to limit possible ‘catastrophic’ impact of coronavirus

OCHA/Gema CortesDoctors and nurses have been raising awareness about COVID-19 during a house-to-house campaign in the Cuaricao neighbourhood of Caracas, Venezuela.     The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) heard strong appeals on Tuesday for more funds to be steered into the UN’s COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan, as it opened its annual Humanitarian Affairs Segment – […]