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UN chief voices disappointment at lack of Syria ceasefire

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced deep disappointment on Monday that the call for a ceasefire in Syria has not been respected, stressing that more bloodshed will not resolve the crisis.

Iraq: UN envoy strongly condemns attacks during Muslim holiday

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq on Saturday condemned “in the strongest terms” a series of attacks that killed and injured a number of people during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Attack on Congolese doctor sparks outrage from UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict

The United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has voiced her outrage at the attack against a doctor in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) widely admired for his work with rape survivors, and called on the Government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Myanmar: UN expert calls for underlying causes of tensions in Rakhine state to be addressed

Expressing concern about renewed deadly violence, a United Nations independent expert has called for the underlying causes of the tension and conflict between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar's Rakhine state to be addressed as a priority.

UN envoy condemns deadly suicide bomb attack during Eid prayers in northern Afghanistan

The United Nations top political envoy for Afghanistan today condemned a suicide bomb attack which killed at least 40 people in the country's north, during prayers linked to one of the holiest holidays of the Muslim faith

UN chief condemns attack on home of renowned doctor in eastern DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns in the “strongest possible terms” an attack which took place on Thursday night at the home of Dr. Denis Mukwege, a physician internationally known for his work with rape victims in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to Mr. Ban's spokesperson.

In meeting, UN and African Union officials flag need for engagement in Darfur for further progress

The acting head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today stressed the importance of the full engagement of the African Union (AU) in the Sudanese region to sustain progress towards peace and security.

UN independent expert calls for boycott of businesses profiting from Israeli settlements

A United Nations independent expert today called on the world body’s General Assembly, as well as civil society, to take action against Israeli and international businesses that are profiting from Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Addressing Assembly, UN expert urges States to do more to protect the right of religious conversion

A United Nations independent expert today urged the international community to consistently respect, protect and promote the human right to freedom of religion or belief in the area of conversion.

Ban welcomes reports of Syria ceasefire being observed for Eid holiday – UN spokesperson

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed reported announcements of warring parties in Syria agreeing to observe a ceasefire, starting on Friday, in observance of a Muslim religious holiday, the UN chief’s spokesperson said today.