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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.

Ban congratulates Ghana on peaceful elections but urges peaceful resolution of any disputes

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people of Ghana for exercising their democratic rights and peacefully conducting the presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December.

Call for rule change so young people can get involved in politics

Young people are interested in democracy but don’t get involved enough because of rules preventing their participation, and that needs to change, the UN Special Envoy for Youth said on Tuesday.

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Democratic principles at core of UN 2030 sustainability agenda, Ban says on International Day

Emphasizing the links between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and people's fundamental needs, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has marked the International Day for Democracy by stressing that delivering solutions to today's challenges also requires an integrated and interconnected response.

Gabon: Ban speaks with President and opposition leader; calls for end to violence

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, and Jean Ping, presidential candidate of the Démocratie Nouvelle party, to help end violence that ensued the recent, closely-contested presidential election in the African country.

DR Congo: UN chief notes launch of national dialogue towards elections, urges more inclusive process

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of yesterday's launch of the national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged more inclusive process towards elections, his spokesman said today.