News in Brief 11 October 2019

  • Turkey’s Syria offensive could spark another catastrophe, warn humanitarians
  • Burkina Faso conflict and violence force 500,000 from homes
  • 'White extremist’ use of social media in attacks must be curbed
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Cameroon: Clear ‘window of opportunity’ to solve crises rooted in violence - Bachelet

The UN human rights chief on Monday welcomed Cameroon’s willingness to cooperate over finding workable solutions to “major human rights and humanitarian crises”, caused by months of serious unrest and violence across the west and north of the country.

Marginalization, perceived abuse of power pushing Africa’s youth to extremism – UN study

Deprivation, marginalization and perceived state violence or abuse of power are pushing young Africans into the clutches of violent extremism, a groundbreaking study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reveals.

Security Council hears of need to support Iraq in “post-Daesh period”

With the operation to liberate Mosul underway, the international community is being asked to look to the day when the Iraqi city will be totally free from the grip of the extremist group ISIL, also known as Daesh.

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“Influx of violent extremists” an increasing challenge for authorities

The “influx of violent extremists” increases the overall challenges facing prison administrations around the world, according to a representative from the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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UN and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation must cooperate on resolving conflicts, Security Council told

Citing more than 20 years of collaboration between the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a senior UN political official today urged greater efforts by the two entities to draw on each other’s strengths and devise joint strategies to prevent and resolve conflicts.

Over-generalized approach could expose peace operations to greater risk, warns UN deputy chief

Amid increased attacks from violent extremist and terrorist groups, the United Nations peace operations must be better prepared to face such asymmetric threats by ensuring the safety and security of UN personnel and adapting to varying situations on the ground, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council today.

Terrorism threat requires UN peacekeeping to be more nimble

A deadly ambush this weekend on UN peacekeepers in Mali has highlighted the dangerous landscape in which many blue helmets operate.

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Mothers’ “emotional bond” can help counter violent forms of extremism

The “emotional bond” that mothers have with their children could help to counter violent forms of extremism and terrorist acts.

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UN Gender Focus: Pakistani activist, Ugandan entrepreneur and midwives in South Sudan

Being a woman, human rights defender in Pakistan is “risky”

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