Middle East

Transparency must rule Iraqi elections, ‘loyalties cannot be for sale’, Security Council hears

A deadly rocket attack on Monday night in Erbil drew condemnation from the UN envoy in Iraq, who told the Security Council on Tuesday that “such reckless attempts to inflame tensions pose grave threats” to the country’s security. 

Yemen: ‘Toxic mix’ imperils lives of under-fives with acute malnutrition 

Since the escalation of conflict in 2015, severe acute malnutrition is among its highest levels in Yemen, threating the lives of half of the country’s children under the age of five, four UN agencies warned on Friday.

Without ‘constructive international diplomacy’ Syria’s peace process will not move forward

 The UN Special Envoy for Syria said there had to be “constructive international diplomacy” if the peace process is to move forward in any way, appearing before the Security Council behind closed doors on Tuesday.  

New ICC ruling ‘opens the door’ for justice in occupied Palestine – Independent UN expert

The ruling of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that is does have jurisdiction over grave crimes committed in occupied Palestinian territory is a “significant step forward in the quest for justice and accountability”, an independent UN human rights expert said on Tuesday. 

‘Unknown number’ of foreign nationals have died in squalid Syrian camps, say rights experts

“An unknown number” of foreign nationals have died while being detained in squalid camps in Syria’s northeast, senior UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Monday.

Syria floods: Humanitarians working ‘round the clock’ to provide urgent relief

Humanitarian staff have been working “round the clock” to reopen access roads and provide emergency relief from the disastrous impact that recent floods have unleased on displaced people living in camps in northwest Syria, the UN’s deputy humanitarian coordinator there said on Friday. 

Israel: ‘Halt and reverse’ new settlement construction – UN chief 

Israel’s decision to advance plans for some 800 new settlement units, most of which are located deep inside the occupied West Bank, has sparked the concern of UN Secretary-General António Guterres. 

Israel: Ensure equal COVID-19 vaccine access to Palestinians – UN Independent experts 

Israel’s “impressive” vaccination programme against the COVID-19 pandemic must include Palestinians under occupation, UN independent human rights experts stressed on Wednesday. 

UN officials fear US terrorist designation will hasten famine in Yemen

Senior UN officials have expressed concern over the potential impact of the decision by the United States to designate Yemen’s Ansar Allah, more commonly known as the Houthi movement, a terrorist group, the Security Council heard on Thursday. 

Saudi Arabia: UN rights expert welcomes ‘positive first step’ toward détente in Gulf  

Saudi Arabia’s action in lifting sanctions against Qatar is a “positive first step” towards normalized relations in the Gulf region, a UN independent human rights expert said on Thursday, urging the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt to follow suit.