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Enhanced global support vital for deepening humanitarian crisis in Syria – UN officials

Top United Nations officials today raised the alarm on a deepening humanitarian crisis in Syria, where over 2.5 million people now need urgent assistance and protection, and urged enhanced international support to respond to the growing crisis.

UN experts urge France to adhere to global standards amid Roma evictions

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today urged the French Government to ensure compliance with international non-discrimination standards when it comes to the dismantling of Roma settlements and the expulsion of migrant Roma.

UN official hails 2012 Paralympic Games as celebration of inclusion

With the 2012 London Paralympic Games only hours away from their torch-lighting ceremony, a senior United Nations official has lauded the sporting event for its celebration of inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities.

UN warns of risk of African swine fever in Caucasus region

FFollowing the first-ever detection of African swine fever (ASF)in Ukraine, the United Nations is warning that while control measures appear to have temporarily halted the disease's spread, it has established a firm foothold in the Caucasus and poses an ongoing risk to neighbouring areas.

Kosovo: UN envoy calls for 'creative, bold' approach to tough political issues

Following a visit to the Balkans by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month, his representative for Kosovo today called on the Security Council to encourage leaders in Serbia and Kosovo to take a bolder approach to core political issues facing the region, while putting in place agreed-upon measures on practical matters.

UN war crimes tribunal transfers Serb official to Portugal to serve 20-year sentence

A former Serb military official was transferred to Portugal to serve a 20-year sentence for crimes committed against non-Serb prisoners of war, the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s announced today.

UN experts urge States to confront modern-day hatred, violence against Roma

Two independent United Nations human rights experts today called on all countries, particularly those with Roma communities, to confront modern-day hatred, violence and discrimination against this group and find solutions to their persistent exclusion.