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News in Brief 13 May 2022

  • Ukraine: Concerns growing for TB and HIV patient care

  • Top rights expert to report on Maldives’ efforts to reintegrate foreign fighters

  • All countries united in push for greater space security at UN-led talks

A family receives clothes for the winter from UNICEF in Al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria.
© UNICEF/Delil Souleiman

The bittersweet taste of home: Former ISIL wife returns to Kazakhstan

More than 600 family members of ISIL fighters have been repatriated from Syria to Kazakhstan over the last three years, as part of an initiative to rehabilitate women and children from the country. One formerly radicalized wife who married a member of the terrorist group, has been speaking to UN News about her regrets, and her hopes for a better future.

© UNICEF/Mulugeta Ayene

News in Brief 30 July 2021

  • 100,000 children in Tigray at risk of death from malnutrition: UNICEF
  • Mercenaries must leave Libya to pave way for peace, elections – UN experts
  • Rights expert urges governments to crack down on hate speech and crimes targeting Roma
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CAR urged to take action on foreign fighters

International human rights experts are urging authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) to tackle the threat of mercenaries and foreign fighters who have joined armed groups in the country.

More than 1,000 foreign combatants, mostly from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Sudan, are in the CAR, according to the UN Working Group on mercenaries which on Wednesday ended a 10-day visit to the country.

Internet, social media help ISIL recruit 30,000 fighters

The terrorist organization ISIL has used the internet and social media to recruit at least 30,000 foreign fighters from more than 100 countries to fight in Syria and Iraq.

That’s according to a top UN official, speaking Thursday at an unprecedented event, exploring the exploitation of new technologies by terrorist groups.

Veronica Reeves brings us the story.

Duration: 2'28"

Foreign fighters pose human rights concerns at home and abroad

As many as 20,000 foreign combatants from 80 countries are fighting in Syria, Iraq and other conflict areas, according to a UN expert group.

While most of these fighters are motivated by ideological reasons, some are also paid for their services which is why the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries is monitoring their activities.

Gabor Rona is a member of the Working Group which has been meeting this week at UN Headquarters in New York.