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UN rights chief welcomes movement to eradicate manual scavenging in India

The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the recent movement in India to eradicate manual scavenging, a practice traditionally relegated to Dalit women, and seen as a form of discrimination based on caste and gender.

Donors urged to invest more in UN human rights work

The United Nations human rights office will not be able to effectively respond to ongoing challenges unless donors contribute the $130.4 million needed this year, a top official said today, calling for greater investment in this critical area of the Organization’s work.

Independent UN inquiry urges halt to Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory

An independent inquiry mandated by the United Nations has called on Israel to halt all settlement activity and to ensure accountability for the violations of the human rights of the Palestinians resulting from the settlements.

Egypt: UN concerned about rising violence against female protesters

The top United Nations official tasked with advancing gender equality today expressed “deep concern” about the escalating violence against women in Egypt, particularly those protesting in the days following the second anniversary of the revolution.

Greece must improve detention conditions for migrants – UN experts

A group of United Nations independent experts today stressed that Greece must improve the conditions of detention for migrants and effectively implement recent legislation to enhance screening procedures for asylum-seekers.

Kenya: UN official stresses need for peaceful and transparent elections

The United Nations political chief today stressed the need for all Kenyans and their institutions to ensure the upcoming general elections in March are credible, peaceful and transparent.

Ban calls for preventing further tensions after reported Israeli air strikes on Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today noted with “grave concern” reports of Israeli air strikes in Syria and called on all concerned to prevent an escalation of tensions in the region.

More than $1.5 billion pledged for Syria humanitarian response – UN

Countries and regional organizations today pledged more than $1.5 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to civilians affected by the conflict in Syria, exceeding the initial target set by the United Nations and its partners.

UN humanitarian official decries use of live ammunition against Palestinian civilians

The top United Nations humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian territories is “seriously concerned” about increased civilian casualties resulting from the use of live ammunition by Israeli forces.

Deputy UN chief spotlights rule of law as essential to peace and development

The Deputy Secretary-General today highlighted the need for measures that enhance the rule of law in conflict and post-conflict situations, stressing that more coordination at national and local levels is needed among United Nations entities to effectively support countries on this issue.