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UN refugee agency prepares for possible returns of displaced people in Mali

As the French and Malian forces continue to retake towns from rebels in northern Mali, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is preparing for a possible return of displaced people to their homes.

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Expert mission says Israeli settlements infringe on Palestinian rights

Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory are a symbol of the lack of justice experienced by Palestinians, a human rights body contends.

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An “Eagle-Heart Woman” advocates for indigenous people in Canada

Andrea Landry, a proud representative of the Anishinaabe, one of the First Nations or indigenous people of North America, is at the UN for the first international expert group meeting for indigenous youth which wraps up on Thursday.

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Negotiations remain a better option for Syrian conflict, says UN-Arab League envoy

It’s almost two years that the crisis in Syria continues, in what started as protests and evolved into an armed confrontation between the government and opposition fighters.

The United Nations estimates that more than 60,000 people have been killed in the ongoing violence.

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Donors pledge $1.5 billion for displaced Syrians

More than $1.5 billion have been pledged to support the global humanitarian effort in Syria.

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Rejuvenate indigenous language says youth from Asia

The indigenous people’s language and culture are being threatened, says Meenakshi Munda, an indigenous youth from the Munda community of Jharkhand, India.

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Batwa in Uganda live under difficult conditions, says young activist

The first international expert group meeting on indigenous youth has brought young people from around the world to UN headquarters in New York.

During the three-day  meeting, indigenous young people are analyzing how they can benefit from human rights standards and policies.

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Rebuilding after Typhoon Bopha

The Philippines ranks third among the top three major disaster-prone countries after the Pacific Island States of Vanuatu and Tonga says IOM, the International Office for Migration.

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Sámi activist stresses role of youth in preserving indigenous cultures

Indigenous young people from around the world are at the UN this week for the first international expert group meeting to analyze how human rights standards and policies can benefit them.

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UN agency gearing up to assist potential returnees to northern Mali

With the situation in Mali evolving quickly, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it’s preparing for the possible return of thousands of people to the north of the country.

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