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Venezuela violence "shows no signs of abating," UN rights office says

Protesters in Venezuela have reported being shot at with nuts and bolts at close range by security forces amid what the UN on Tuesday called the “widespread and systematic” use of force during anti-Government demonstrations.

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South Sudan force will allow for more peacekeeper patrols

The arrival of a UN regional force in South Sudan will enable the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS, to free up additional peacekeepers to mount “more patrols along insecure roads,” the head of the Mission, David Shearer, has said.

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Trials of refugee camp life inspire South Sudan singers

The challenges of day-to-day life in a refugee camp have inspired two young singers in South Sudan to write a song about their experiences.

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Syria probe “must continue” after Del Ponte resignation

The international community’s efforts to record rights violations in war-torn Syria “must continue” after the resignation of a leading member of a UN Commission of Inquiry, t

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Encouraging impartial, competent young journalists in the Pacific

A new generation of “impartial but competent” young journalists is on the rise across the Pacific, thanks in part to training being offered by the UN Educational and Cultural Organization, UNESCO.

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Women UN Police help instill safety at camps for South Sudan displaced

South Sudanese citizens who have been displaced to UN protection camps as a result of conflict say they feel safer when those camps are searched for weapons and other prohibited items.

When the search is conducted by women, there’s a higher sense of trust, confidence and security.

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IOM worried by rise in deaths of migrants crossing US-Mexico border

The drowning of a five-year-old child in the Rio Grande river this week and the recent discovery of 10 bodies in the back of a tractor-trailer in Texas are harrowing reminders of the dangers undocumented migrants face in their attempts to enter the United States.

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“Absolutely horrific” militia and government attacks in Kasais

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) released a report on Friday of “absolutely horrific” accounts of killings and human rights violations against villagers in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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More understanding needed of children in conflict

Better understanding is needed of the UN’s role championing children caught up in armed conflict, and the work that the world body does to stop armed groups recruiting child soldiers.

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Mauritanian authorities must ensure “free and credible” vote

The government of Mauritania has a responsibility to ensure that a “free, transparent and credible” voting process takes place in a constitutional referendum due to take place on Saturday.

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