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Security Council urged to continue Iraqi support following Mosul victory

Iraq will continue to require international support in the wake of the military victory in the northern city of Mosul, the Security Council heard on Monday.

The UN’s top representative in the country, as well as a senior Iraqi diplomat, told ambassadors of the “substantial” need for assistance, including to remove landmines left by the terrorist and to return scores of displaced residents to their homes.

Dianne Penn reports.

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Rape survivors should never face “prison of stigma”

Survivors of rape or sexual slavery should never again face “the prison of stigma” described by some of them as a “living death”, the acting UN special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, has said.

Adama Dieng, who is also the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, made the appeal to members of the Security Council during an open debate on “Sexual violence in conflict as a tactic of war and terrorism.”

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Liberating Palmyra important to Syrian restoration

The retaking of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Syria is the first step in restoring and preserving the cultural history of the war-torn country.

That’s according to Giovanni Boccardi, chief of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit at the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

Palmyra, a historic city that served as a major trading hub during the Roman Empire, was liberated from the ISIL terrorist group on Sunday.

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Civilians “targeted deliberately” by all sides in Syria

The Syrian conflict shows no signs of stopping while terrible human rights abuses continue unabated, UN investigators said Tuesday.

Paulo Pinheiro, who’s heading a UN probe into the war, accused government and rebel forces of what he called “seemingly deliberate” decision to put civilians in harm’s way.

More than five years into the conflict, the investigator told the UN Human Rights Council that the situation is a “profound failure” for the international community.

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ICC Prosecutor calls for more action in Libya

The Prosecutor of the UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) is calling on the international community to consider the challenges and needs of Libya, especially on issues of justice and accountability.

Speaking to the Security Council on Tuesday, Fatou Bensouda shared the Court’s latest report on the North African country, which underlined the deteriorating security conditions.

In 2011, Libya’s situation was referred to the ICC Prosecutor to investigate alleged crimes linked with the political upheaval.