Ukraine: UN political chief says events over past four days ‘should alarm us all’

Describing “alarming” developments in Ukraine – from the capture of European observers and the violent takeover of Government buildings by separatist groups, to the shooting of the mayor of a major eastern city – a senior United Nations official this evening appealed to all sides to “work expeditiously” at putting the crisis-torn country on the path to stability.

UN chief demands release of OSCE military monitors, staff in Ukraine

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the detention of international military monitors and staff in Ukraine, and demanded that they be released “immediately, unconditionally and unharmed.”

Perpetrators of attack on European mission in Kosovo must be brought to justice – UN

A senior United Nations official today condemned a recent attack on two vehicles belonging to the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and called for ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Ukraine: Ban urges diplomatic solution to crisis; International Criminal Court opens probe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all parties to seek a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, warning that the situation could “spin out of control quickly,” while the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that is opening a preliminary probe into alleged crimes of humanity committed in the country.

UN rights expert calls on Belarus to impose death penalty moratorium, halt executions

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged authorities in Belarus, the only European nation that still retains the death penalty, to impose an immediate moratorium on the punishment and refrain from carrying out further executions.

Ban marks Chernobyl anniversary with call for greater support for recovery efforts

As the international community marks the 28th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for greater support for the process of recovery and sustainable development in the affected area, and efforts to prevent any future nuclear disasters.

Violence in eastern Ukraine prompts UN call for immediate de-escalation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned about continued violence in eastern Ukraine, which has led to loss of life, further instability and which is contributing to a climate of fear and anxiety, his spokesperson said today.

Secretary-General welcomes initial talks in Geneva to defuse Ukraine crisis

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he was encouraged by the initial round of diplomatic negotiations on the crisis in Ukraine held in Geneva, but stressed that all sides need to follow up words with deeds as the situation remains ‘extremely volatile.’

Unrest in eastern Ukraine risks ‘seriously destabilizing’ entire country – UN rights official

The ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine, if not addressed as a matter of priority, risks seriously destabilizing the rest of the country, a senior United Nations human rights official warned the Security Council today, as he also urged steps to counter misinformation and bring to an end all incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence.

UN rights expert urges United Kingdom to step up response to violence against women

Violence against women remains a pervasive challenge in the United Kingdom and a more comprehensive and targeted response is needed to address the scourge, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today after a two-week mission to the country.