UN condemns terrorist attack in Egyptian capital, Cairo

Condemning the terrorist attack at the St. Peter's Church, attached to St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council underlined that those responsible for the attack should be held accountable.

Travel bans imposed by Egypt on human rights defenders 'choke' legitimate debate – UN expert

Warning that Egypt's travel bans and other restrictions on the free speech of human rights defenders appear politically motivated to “choke legitimate and democratic debate, both within and outside,” the country, a United Nations rights expert today, strongly advised the Government to repeal the existing travel bans and refrain from imposing further restrictions.

News in Brief 24 November 2016

War-related trauma care established outside Iraqi city

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UN and Africa: focus on UN peacekeeping, post-conflict Liberia and African refugees

Terrorism, violent extremism require more nimble peacekeeping response

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African refugees in Egypt “forgotten”

A “forgotten population” of refugees from across Africa is living in limbo in Egypt according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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UN rights expert warns about growing restrictions on civil society in Egypt

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, warned today about growing restrictions on civil society in Egypt, with human rights defenders and organizations in particular being targeted.

Mediterranean Sea deaths set to pass 3,000 for third year running

The rescue of more than 5,000 migrants in unsafe boats off the Italian coast in the last 24 hours comes amid news that May was the deadliest month for Mediterranean Sea crossings so far this year, UN-partner the International Organization for Migration (

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Egypt: UN experts report worsening crackdown on protest

Three United Nations human rights experts today urged the Egyptian Government to put an end to the disproportionate reactions against the exercise of the rights to assembly and expression in the country.

Ban condemns deadly terrorist attack against police officers in Egypt

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the deadly terrorist attack in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, which reportedly killed eight police officers, his spokesperson said.

Egypt: Ban calls for fair trial standards in judicial proceedings against rights defenders

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced he is closely following the judicial proceedings in Egypt against a number of civil society organizations and human rights defenders.