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Afghanistan: UN shocked and outraged over deadly attacks on maternity hospital and funeral

UNAMA/Freshta DuniaThe Pul-e-Kheshti Mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan. (file)     Perpetrators behind two separate deadly attacks in Afghanistan on Tuesday must be brought to justice, top UN officials have said. At least 14 people were killed, including two newborn babies, when gunmen attacked a maternity hospital in the capital, Kabul, that morning.UNAMA News@UNAMAnews UNAMA expresses shock and […]

UN rights office concerned over migrant boat pushbacks in the Mediterranean

Frontex/Francesco MalavoltaMigrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea are rescued by a Belgian ship (file photo).    Restrictions against humanitarians who rescue migrant boats in the central Mediterranean are putting lives at risk and must be lifted immediately, the UN human rights office said on Friday. The appeal follows reports of failure to assist, and even push back, vessels carrying […]

Syria violence ‘a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored’: UN human rights chief

UNDP Syria/ The UN is supporting vulnerable communities in Syria during the coronavirus pandemic.    As civilian casualties mount across Syria and human rights violations continue unabated, the UN rights chief expressed serious concern on Friday that some parties to the conflict, including ISIL terrorist fighters, may be using the COVID-19 pandemic as “an opportunity to […]

UN rights expert urges States to step-up anti-slavery efforts to protect most vulnerable during COVID-19

© UNICEF/Eyas El BabaThirteen-year-old boy in Palestine collects rubble near Gaza City, which he transports by donkey to the market to sell. A UN human rights expert urged governments on Tuesday to increase protection for those millions of workers, who due to the COVID-19 pandemic, risk being pushed into exploitative jobs that are tantamount to slavery.  “The […]

Attacks on civilians, arbitrary arrests, top list of abuses in Libya: ICC Prosecutor

©UNICEF/Giovanni DiffidentiA Somali woman sits with her one-year-old child, in the Ganfoda Detention Centre near Benghazi, after fleeing violence in her country and illegally entering Libya.     Unabated violence, particularly in and around the Libyan capital, has now been raging for more than a year, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the Security […]

COVID-19 pandemic exposes global ‘frailties and inequalities’: UN deputy chief

The COVID-19 pandemic which has swept across the developed and developing world is “exposing the frailties and inequalities of our societies,” according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General. Speaking to UN News, Amina Mohammed said that the global crisis unleashed by the virus could and should kickstart efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, the 17 globally […]