Middle East

Egypt: UN rights experts denounce mass death sentences as ‘mockery of justice’

A group of eight United Nations human rights independent experts today urged the Egyptian authorities to quash the 529 death sentences announced in Egypt last week and give the defendants new and fair trials, in line with international human rights law.

UN official calls for immediate halt to demolitions in East Jerusalem

A senior United Nations official expressed deep concern today about the ongoing displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the destruction of their private property following the Israeli authorities’ recent demolition of a two-story building there, which affected a family of refugees as well as some Palestinian 15 children.

Syria: UN official cites ‘bleak’ humanitarian situation, urges unhindered access to civilians

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator warned the Security Council today that as the Syrian civil war grinds on and millions of desperate people remain cut off from aid, “the humanitarian situation remains bleak, and will continue to be bleak, unless we are granted full and unhindered access, through the most efficient and direct means.”

Recent crisis in Anbar most serious challenge to state-building in Iraq – UN envoy

The crisis in Iraq’s Anbar province, where three months of fighting has displaced over 66,000 families, poses the most serious challenge to the Government’s efforts to maintain the stability and security needed to build a democratic State, a United Nations envoy told the Security Council today.

Security Council strongly condemns deadly terrorist attack in Yemen

The United Nations Security Council condemned the recent attack in Hadramawt, Yemen, in which 20 soldiers were killed, reaffirming that all acts of terrorism are criminal, and urging all UN Member States to cooperate fully with Yemeni authorities so that those responsible can be brought to Justice.

Deploring killing of Iranian border guard, Ban says perpetrators must be held to account

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of one of the five Iranian border guards who were abducted last month by a militant group and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Syria: in address to Arab League Ban underscores need for political solution

The international community has a duty to help end Syria’s tragic civil war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized today at a meeting of Arab leaders in Kuwait, where he stressed that there is no military resolution to the conflict, which “can only be resolved through a political solution.”

UN envoy gravely concerned at reported plans for new Israeli settlements

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process on Saturday voiced grave concern at the Israeli Government's reported plans to advance over 2,300 settlement units, many of them deep inside the West Bank.

UN expert calls for assessing legal status of prolonged Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called for an assessment by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of the legal status of Israel’s prolonged occupation of Palestinian Territory.

UN spotlights civilian suffering in Syria by screening ‘viral’ image in New York, Tokyo

The United Nations has drawn on the bustling energy of two of the world’s most fabled crossroads – New York City’s Times Square and Tokyo’s Shibuya crossing – to spotlight the ongoing struggle of besieged civilians trapped amid Syria’s civil war, launching a “flashmob” and simultaneously showing on the junctions’ mega-billboards the now-iconic photograph of thousands of people in a Damascus refugee camp waiting in line for food supplies.