East Africa braces for worsening El Niño conditions

The number of people who do not have enough to eat in East Africa could rise by more than 80 per cent in the coming months due to weather variations brought on by the climatic event known as El Niño.

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‘Very significant number’ of Eritreans joining exodus to Europe – UN Assembly told

“A very significant number” of Eritreans are fleeing a country “that is not in a situation of conflict or unrest” to seek a life free from fear, the head of a UN-appointed commission of inquiry on human rights in the east African nation told the UN General Assembly today.

South Sudan: Protection site for foreigners closes

A deadline has passed for more than 200 foreigners to leave a UN-run protection facility in the capital of South Sudan.

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Thousands of civilians fleeing ‘rule of fear’ in Eritrea, say UN experts, warning of gross rights abuses

A United Nations-appointed commission of inquiry today warned that the dire situation in Eritrea can no longer be ignored and called on the UN Human Rights Council to maintain close scrutiny on violations committed in the Horn of Africa nation that may constitute crimes against humanity.

Eritrea investigator calls for International Court probe

The Eritrean government faced renewed pressure over allegations of crimes against humanity on Wednesday, as UN investigators repeated their call for an international criminal probe into abuses.

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Eritrea “ruled not by law, but by fear”

The people of Eritrea are living in a country ruled not by law but by fear, according to a UN report released on Monday.

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New UN report details litany of human rights violations, ‘rule by fear’ in Eritrea

Amid “systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations,” the human rights situation in Eritrea has degenerated into a climate of fear in which dissent is stifled and large swathes of the population are subjected to forced labour and imprisonment, a new United Nations report has found.

Refugee influx risks overwhelming Greek isles

Greece is struggling to cope with a huge influx of desperate refugees who’ve been arriving by sea from Turkey at a rate of 600 per day, the UN said Friday.

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"Horrified" UN rights chief calls for EU action on migrants

Reaction has been swift from the UN’s human rights chief following the deaths of 700 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean at the weekend.

In a statement on Monday UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Eritrea: UN-mandated inquiry finds ‘very clear patterns’ of human rights abuses

A four-month United Nations investigation into the human rights situation in Eritrea has found “very clear patterns” of violations and abuses, according to a report delivered today at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.