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Human rights report details ‘heartbreaking’ accounts of women detained in DPRK

Women forcibly returned to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are subjected to torture, ill treatment, sexual abuse, and other violations, according to a report published on Tuesday by the UN Human Rights office.

Security Council stalemate frustrates families of Syria’s missing detainees

Families of the more than 130,000 people believed to be detained and forcibly disappeared in Syria, are deeply frustrated by the Security Council’s failure to unite and make progress on the issue, the 15-member organ was told on Thursday.

Take ‘all appropriate public health measures’ to protect detainees from coronavirus, UN urges

UN agency chiefs on Wednesday highlighted the heightened vulnerability to COVID-19 of detainees, and others in confinement, urging Governments to take “all appropriate public health measures” to keep them safe from the deadly disease. 

Monday’s Daily Brief: Guterres on Bolivia and multilateralism, Syria and Iraq’s displaced, forest initiative, the healing arts

A recap of Monday’s stories in brief: UN chief spotlights multilateralism at peace forum; Bolivian authorities must uphold safety of citizens; new programme to feed Kenya’s children; experts concerned for detained in Syria and Iraq; UN forest management project fights climate crisis; and, from Warhol to the Wiggles – the role of art in keeping you healthy.

News in Brief 30 September 2019

  • Yemen prisoner release boosts hopes of peace at last for war-weary civilians 
  • First group of vulnerable refugees evacuated from Libya to Rwanda 
  • International Day recognizes pivotal role of multilingualism for peace  
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Yemen prisoner release boosts hopes of peace at last for war-weary civilians

Hopes for a possible end to the war in Yemen grew slightly on Monday, following the news that nearly 300 detainees have been released as a gesture of goodwill by Houthi forces, pitted against the Government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

News in Brief 12 October 2017 (PM)

Libyan government urged to find alternatives to “horrific” detention centres

The Libyan government needs to establish alternatives to detention centres in the country, where human rights abuses of migrants and others have become “endemic”.

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Rise in arrests of young Palestinians

The number of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli authorities has doubled in the past four years, according to an advocate from the region.

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UN chief applauds “encouraging steps” in Burundi

“Encouraging” signs out of Burundi this Tuesday following a meeting between the UN Secretary-General and the country’s leader.

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