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Peaceful conduct of elections 'historic moment' for Nepal, says UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the holding of the two-phased State and Federal elections and congratulates the people of Nepal for the peaceful conduct of the polls.

UN rights chief voices concern about Cambodia election after opposition ban

The United Nations human rights chief voiced grave concerns Friday about the conduct of credible, free and fair elections in Cambodia next year following the decision by the Supreme Court to dissolve the main opposition party.

UN rights chief urges DRC authorities to allow peaceful expression of dissent at protests

The United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday called on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to lawfully handle demonstrations organized by those protesting the updated electoral calendar for general elections.

UN, African Union pledge to help Kenya ensure credible rerun of presidential poll

The heads of the United Nations and the African Union have expressed their organizations' commitment to assist Kenya in ensuring a credible and transparent process in the forthcoming rerun of the recent presidential election.

News in Brief 18 October 2017 (PM)

UN chief heads for CAR “to strengthen international support for peace”

Against a backdrop of growing violence and communal tension, the UN chief announced on Wednesday that he’s heading to the Central African Republic “to strengthen international support for peace”.

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Silencing opposition voices threatens Cambodian democracy – UN rights expert

Civil and political rights in Cambodia are “under threat” as the main opposition party is being dissolved in the parliament, a United Nations human rights expert warned Thursday, also voicing concern that the dissolution may affect upcoming elections in the country.

News in Brief 12 October 2017 (AM)

Withdrawal of US from UNESCO “deeply regrettable”: Bokova

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Human rights violations indicate repressive policy of Venezuelan authorities – UN report

Extensive human rights violations and abuses have been committed in the wake of anti-Government protests in Venezuela and point to “the existence of a policy to repress political dissent and instill fear in the population to curb demonstrations,” a report by the United Nations human rights office has found.

Mauritania: UN rights office voices concern about unrest ahead of constitutional referendum

The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern about the ongoing unrest in Mauritania, ahead of the constitutional referendum scheduled for Saturday, particularly the apparent suppression of dissenting voices and the reported use of excessive force by the authorities against protest leaders.