Egypt: UN launches initiative for children traumatized by recent violence

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its national partners in Egypt have launched a psycho-social support programme for children who were affected by violence during the uprising that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak earlier this month.

UN human rights office plans to send mission to Egypt after transition

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today it plans to send a team of officials to Egypt to establish contact with the authorities there and assess the human rights situation following the recent leadership change in the country.

UNESCO issues alert over artefacts reported stolen from Egyptian museums

Amid reports that important artefacts have been stolen from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and other sites in the country, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with preserving humanity’s cultural heritage today alerted authorities, art dealers and collectors across the world to be on the lookout for the missing relics.

Egypt: UN chief urges peaceful transition after Mubarak resignation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called again for a transparent, orderly and peaceful transition in Egypt after hearing of President Hosni Mubarak’s decision to step down after weeks of anti-government protests, and commended the Egyptian people for making their voices heard.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Egyptian journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the recent murder of Egyptian journalist Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud, who was shot while covering the protests that began late last month in the capital, Cairo.

End violence and free those detained, UN rights chief tells Egypt

The United Nations human rights chief today called for an end to the “shocking” violence in Egypt and the immediate release of detained journalists and rights advocates, attributing much of the chaos to the security and intelligence services.

Intimidation of media, human rights groups in Egypt ‘outrageous,’ Ban says

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate end to “the intimidation and restrictions on the international media and human rights groups” in Egypt’s current turmoil, dubbing it “outrageous.”

Any political transition in Egypt should take place now, says UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today once more urged restraint by all sides in Egypt, as pro- and anti-government protesters clashed during demonstrations in the capital, Cairo, and said that any political transition should take place sooner rather than later.

UN officials urge Egyptian authorities to heed call for democracy, human rights

United Nations officials, including its human rights chief, today voiced alarm at the high number of casualties amid the protests in Egypt, while calling on the country’s authorities to heed the demands of the people for democratic reform and respect for human rights.

Egypt: Ban calls on leaders to take ‘bold’ steps to address protesters’ concerns

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on Egypt’s leaders to take some “bold measures” to address the concerns of the scores of thousands of people who have been demonstrating for change, stressing at the same time that the protests must be peaceful.