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Myanmar: Ban welcomes agreement in Kachin

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement reached between the Government of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), calling it a first step towards reconciliation in the country.

UN human rights office regrets Papua New Guinea’s decision to resume death penalty

The United Nations human rights office today said that Papua New Guinea had taken “a step backwards” with legislative action towards resuming the use of the death penalty.

UN urges ban on tobacco advertising to reduce global health threat

The United Nations today urged Governments to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship to help curb the global health threat which kills some 6 million people a year.

Polio outbreak in refugee complex in Kenya being contained, say UN agencies

United Nations agencies and their partners are carrying out an intensive vaccination campaign to contain a polio outbreak in the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab complex in north-eastern Kenya.

UN human rights office ‘extremely concerned’ that young DPR Korea defectors likely sent home

One day after an independent United Nations human rights expert said he was extremely concerned for the protection of nine defectors from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the group has apparently been returned to the country.

Prepositioning of relief aid nearly complete ahead of South Sudan rains, UN refugee agency says

Ahead of the oncoming rainy season in South Sudan, the United Nations refugee agency today said it nearly completed prepositioning aid supplies for more than 230,000 people in Unity and Upper Nile States in the north of the country.

UN refugee agency assisting Syrians displaced by fighting in Al-Qusair

Warning that conditions are deteriorating in areas of western Syria, the United Nations refugee agency today said it is assisting hundreds of families who have fled the fighting in the city of Al-Qusair.

Two-child policy violates human rights of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Myanmar to respond unequivocally to the revival of a local order limiting the number of children Rohingya Muslims can have to two, stressing that this is a clear violation of their human rights.

Tackling demand key to combating global human trafficking, UN rights expert stresses

The global scourge of human trafficking is being fuelled by demand for sexual exploitation, cheap labour, human organs, illegal adoption and forced marriages, says a new report by an independent United Nations human rights expert.

Career diplomat from Trinidad and Tobago appointed head of UN mission in Haiti

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed career diplomat Sandra Honoré of Trinidad and Tobago as the new head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, it was announced today.