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UN rights panel to hear from victims of sexual violence in DR Congo

Victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will have the opportunity to speak out before a high-level panel convened by the United Nations human rights chief beginning on Thursday in the country’s eastern province of South Kivu.

UN agency touts potential of small-scale dairy production to curb poverty

A new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calls for unlocking the potential of small-scale dairy production in reducing poverty, raising nutrition levels and improving the livelihoods of rural people in many developing countries.

UN-managed project to upgrade old market in Cyprus breaks ground today

A United Nations-managed project to upgrade the retailers’ area of the old market in the northern part of Nicosia, Cyprus, breaks ground today under a programme funded by the European Union (EU).

Cambodia: UN rights expert voices concerns over freedom of expression

Defamation laws are being used disproportionately in Cambodia against journalists, activists and politicians, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today, warning against a narrowing of the political space in the South-East Asian country.

UN rights expert urges greater assistance for displaced Iraqis

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Iraqi Government and the international community to provide more assistance to internally displace persons (IDPs) in the country and protect their rights, stressing that ending displacement must my considered a key element of rebuilding Iraq.

Pakistan must rein in terrorism, top Indian official tells UN

India’s Foreign Minister issued a call from the General Assembly podium today for Pakistan to fulfil its commitment of not allowing its territory to be used by terrorists acting against India.

Côte d’Ivoire calls at UN for more aid for post-conflict development

Côte d’Ivoire today appealed for increased international aid as it prepares for long-delayed elections next month, a crucial stage in United Nations-backed efforts to bring peace to a country that was split into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south by civil war in 2002.

Thailand committed to democracy, Foreign Minister tells UN

Thailand is committed to the principles of democracy and human rights, the South-East Asian nation’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, stressing that the Government is striving to heal political and social divisions within the country.

At General Assembly, Ethiopia accuses Eritrea of spoiling peace efforts in Somalia

Ethiopia today accused Eritrea of continuing to undermine efforts to restore peace and stability in Somalia by arming insurgents battling the transitional Government in Mogadishu and urged the Security Council to strictly enforce existing sanctions against Eritrea.

Haiti: UN continues relief to nearly 15,000 families displaced by storm

United Nations agencies are providing additional relief to nearly 15,000 families in Port-au-Prince after last week’s deadly rainstorm in the Haitian capital left residents of more than 160 temporary settlements in urgent need of shelter materials.