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All States must end ‘heinous crime’ of enforced disappearances, UN demands

The United Nations today called on all States to end the “heinous crime” of enforced disappearances which has seen countless people vanish into secret prisons or worse, often never to be seen again, in cases of conflict and internal unrest.

Libya: ‘Atrocious’ abuses by Qadhafi forces cause for ‘extreme alarm’ – UN

The United Nations voiced “extreme alarm” today at reports of “atrocious human rights violations” in Libya, including mass summary executions apparently carried out by Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi’s forces in the last few days before they lost Tripoli, the capital.

UN demands Bahrain release prisoners detained for exercising freedom of speech

The United Nations today demanded the release of Bahraini civilians who may have been arrested during recent anti-Government protests merely for exercising their rights to freedom of speech, and called for civilian trials for those whose cases go forward.

International Criminal Court case against Kenyan officials to proceed

The International Criminal Court (ICC) today dismissed an appeal by the Kenyan Government to throw out the cases against six high-ranking national officials, including a deputy prime minister, two ministers and a police chief, for possible crimes against humanity in post-electoral violence more than three years ago.

Nepal: Ban calls for formation of inclusive government

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the election of a new Prime Minister in Nepal and called on the country’s political groups to quickly form an inclusive government and consolidate efforts to build peace in the Asian nation.

UN refugee agency to airlift aid into Somalia for Eid al-Fitr holiday

The United Nations refugee agency today said it will airlift 240 tons of aid from Saudi Arabia to Somalia during the Eid al-Fitr holiday to ensure that those facing the severe food crisis in the Horn of Africa country have enough to eat during the special occasion, which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

Hotels can go green in energy consumption under new UN scheme

Hotels will be able to contribute to climate change mitigation while also increasing their profits under a new United Nations-backed ‘green’ scheme offering an online toolkit to evaluate energy consumption, find renewable sources and improve energy management, thus cutting costs.

Recent troubles in Kosovo a ‘wake-up call’ to resolve underlying issues – UN envoy

The recent troubles in northern Kosovo highlight the need for all sides to refrain from unilateral action that could escalate tensions and to resolve underlying issues through dialogue, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Philippines ratifies the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Philippines today acceded to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC), when it deposed its instrument of ratification at the United Nations in New York.

UN re-assesses security threats in wake of deadly attack in Nigerian capital

The United Nations will soon conduct a global threat review in the wake of the deadly attack against the UN compound in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, which has claimed the lives of at least 23 people, according to Government reports.