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UN elects five new members to serve on the Security Council 

Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were elected by the 75th session of the General Assembly on Friday to serve as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the 2022-2023 term. 

News in Brief 7 May 2021

  • COVID-19 spreading like 'wildfire' in India: UNICEF
  • Probe into Rio favella police operation that left 25 dead
  • Attacks force thousands to flee in Burkina Faso
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Brazil: UN rights office urges independent probe into deadly police operation in Rio de Janeiro

The UN's human rights office (OHCHR) on Friday called for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into a major police operation in a favela in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, in which at least 25 were reportedly killed, including a police officer.

News in Brief 9 April 2021

  • Deep concerns from WHO over Brazil COVID deaths
  • Proof of life requests from the UN human rights office for Jordanian Prince, Dubai Princess
  • UNHCR: Syrian families must not be returned home despite improving security
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COVID-19: Support to frontline workers part of UN response in Brazil

UN agencies in Brazil are supporting national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including by providing thousands of protective items for health workers, the global organization reported on Tuesday. 

'Deplorable' killing of Afro-Brazilian man shows need to address racism, discrimination

The killing of an Afro-Brazilian man, and the widespread outrage it has sparked, underscores the urgent need for the Government to tackle racism and racial discrimination in South America’s largest country, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday. 

News in Brief 24 November 2020

  • End bloodshed now in Afghanistan, urges UN’s Guterres  
  • Ethiopian military must be given ‘clear’ orders to protect civilians: Bachelet 
  • Brazilian man’s killing at hands of security guards condemned 
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Brazilian President outlines action taken to address COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has highlighted social and economic measures his administration implemented, to address the COVID-19 pandemic and what he views as the politicization of the virus in South America’s largest country. 

Building a cinematic bond with refugees, in a time of crisis

A Brazilian filmmaker is hoping that the uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic will generate more empathy and solidarity towards others, including refugees, an optimistic position also held by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the South American country.

FROM THE FIELD: Threatened Brazilian activist fights for slavery descendants' rights

A Brazilian activist who regularly receives threats of violence says he will continue fighting for the right of people of African descent to access land and property in the city of Rio de Janeiro.