Kosovo: UN hails moves to boost returns of people displaced by conflict

The top United Nations envoy in Kosovo today hailed moves to speed up the return of both refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), an essential step on the path to deciding the final status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which the world body has run ever since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid grave rights abuses in ethnic fighting.

Forced marriages, domestic violence contribute to female suicide in Turkey – UN expert

Traditional practices, such as forced marriages, domestic violence, and denial of reproductive rights, often play a key role in suicides of women and girls in Southeast and Eastern Turkey, while the authorities often do not implement protective laws, according to a United Nations expert who has just concluded a 10-day visit to the region.

New member of Committee on Missing Persons arrives in Cyprus – UN

The recently appointed third member of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus, Christopher Girod, has arrived in that country for a preliminary visit before assuming his fulltime official duties in July, a United Nations spokesman announced today.