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Syria: Forces battling ISIL 'lose sight of ultimate aim' to free civilians from terror – UN rights chief

Forces fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group in Syria are losing sight of the obligation to protect civilians as the battle to retake Raqqa from ISIL is being waged at the cost of their lives, the top United Nations human rights official warned today.

UN chief welcomes release of arrested leaders in Cameroon

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed yesterday's release of several leaders of the English-speaking regions in Cameroon's South West and North West as well as the dropping of all charges against them.

Myanmar: UN expert urges efforts to break 'worsening cycle of violence' in Rakhine

A United Nations human rights expert has expressed alarm at the deteriorating situation in Myanmar's Rakhine State, affecting not just the Rakhine Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim populations but also other communities.

Human rights violations indicate repressive policy of Venezuelan authorities – UN report

Extensive human rights violations and abuses have been committed in the wake of anti-Government protests in Venezuela and point to “the existence of a policy to repress political dissent and instill fear in the population to curb demonstrations,” a report by the United Nations human rights office has found.

In conflict-affected Nigeria, UN agency teams with health workers to help the displaced

Skilled health personnel are desperately needed in north-eastern Nigeria, the United Nations population agency today said, after training hundreds of health providers in Borno State on the basics of reproductive health needs.

Syria: UN adviser warns trapped civilians face greater risks as Raqqa fighting intensifies

The United Nations adviser on the prevention of genocide today expressed deep concern at the deteriorating situation of up to 25,000 civilians trapped in Syria's Raqqa, noting that civilians are used as human shields in this de facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group under intense bombardment.

In the Gaza Strip, UN chief appeals for Palestinian unity; renews call for two-state solution

Visiting Gaza for the first time since taking office as United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres today called for Palestinian unity, saying division “only undermines the cause of the Palestinian people.”

UN agriculture chief says Uganda 'leading example' of sustainable refugee response

The head of the United Nations agriculture agency today called for greater funding for a sustainable response to the refugee crisis in Uganda, as he concluded a visit to the country's north hosting those crossing the border for safety.

'Time to shift from logic of war,' put interests of Syrian people first, UN Security Council told

Calling for creative ways to work towards peace in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy today outlined the political path forward, which includes holding another round of the so-named Astana talks and behind-the-scenes efforts by the international community.

Security Council extends African-led mission in Somalia, targets handover to national security forces

The United Nations Security Council today extended its authorization of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until 31 May 2018, approving a reduction of its uniformed personnel to a maximum 21,626 by 31 December 2017, with an eye towards the gradual handover over of responsibilities to Somali security forces.