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News in Brief 3 March 2023


  • Myanmar: Tatmadaw’s ‘scorched earth’ policy in spotlight
  • Iran urged to investigate allegations of school ‘poisonings’
  • For first time, women represented in all parliaments worldwide
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UN and Africa: focus on Libya and South Sudan

People of South Sudan have been “betrayed”, says UN Chief

The people of South Sudan have been “betrayed” by renewed fighting after ending decades of civil war, according to the UN Secretary-General. In an effort to give a boost to the peace process, Ban Ki-moon travelled to the capital, Juba, on Thursday, the last and final leg of his African tour. Jocelyne Sambira has the story. 

UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Security Council takes stock of Burundi visit

The Security Council has heard conflicting views on the situation in Burundi, including fears by the radical opposition that a genocide is in the making.

Council members met on Friday to review their recent mission to the country which has been in chaos since last April, following the President’s decision to run for a contested third term.

The crisis has led to hundreds of deaths and reports of human rights violations. It has also forced more than 200,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries.

IRIN/Amantha Perera

War crimes court urged for Sri Lanka

Tens of thousands of people suffered human rights violations including torture and sexual abuse in Sri Lanka during a almost a decade of civil conflict, according to a long-awaited UN report.

The report covers the period between 2002 and 2011 when government forces battled Tamil separatists.

Unveiled by the UN Human Rights commissioner in Geneva on Wednesday, it calls for a special court to try war crimes.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam

Widespread impunity in Darfur must stop: UN rights chief

The Sudanese government and armed opposition groups in the country are being urged by the UN to end widespread impunity of serious human rights violations in Darfur.

A new report by the UN human rights office, OHCHR, says killings and rape in the strife-torn region last year have largely been dismissed by local police and underreported by victims due to a lack of trust in the authorities.