Flood-ravaged Honduras remains fragile, UN reports

The situation in flood-inundated Honduras remains fragile, with rains increasing the risk of further landslides in new areas, the United Nations’ humanitarian arm reported today.

Arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings in Colombia concern UN rights chief

Colombia faces grave human rights challenges in its ongoing conflict, including hostage-taking, extrajudicial executions and arbitrary arrest and detention, despite measures taken by the Government to protect vulnerable groups, the United Nations rights chief says after visiting the Andean country.

UN seeks $17 million to assist Honduran flood victims

United Nations agencies and their non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners today appealed for more than $17 million to provide food, shelter, health care, water and sanitation over the next six months to some 270,000 people affected by severe floods in Honduras.

UN human rights chief welcomes Colombian move to fire army officers

The United Nations human rights chief today praised Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe for dismissing three army generals and 24 other officers over the alleged illegal killing of civilians in the South American country.

Latin American youth experience widespread discrimination, UN study says

Over two-thirds of young people in Latin America feel they suffer discrimination, partly because so many are poor and under-educated, according to a report released today by the United Nations office for the region.

Nearly 2 million hurricane-affected Cubans to receive UN food aid

Almost two million Cubans affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike – two of the worst disasters to strike the small island nation in the past 50 years – will receive vital assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) over the next six months.

Latin America and Caribbean exports rise in face of global crisis, reports UN

Exports from Latin America and the Caribbean are on track to grow at an estimated 23 per cent this year, despite the global financial crisis, according to a report released today by the United Nations office for the region.

Honduras: UN agencies rush to help as floods ravage countryside

United Nations humanitarian agencies have started mobilizing and distributing aid in Honduras, where floods brought on by a tropical depression have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes and destroyed vast areas of cropland.

New UN human rights chief in Colombia as indigenous flee violence

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today begins a week-long review of the situation in Colombia amid concerns that indigenous groups continue to be forced to flee their territories by armed groups.

Appeal for hurricane relief in Haiti badly under-funded, UN aid chief says

Urgent action is required to respond to the “worst disaster in the last 100 years” to strike Haiti, the United Nations relief chief reported today, warning that aid agencies remain far short of the millions they need to help the country recover after four deadly hurricanes this year left 800 people dead and affected another 1 million.