Europe urged to do more to curb refugee, migrant deaths at sea

Europe has been called to action to stop the rise of people dying at sea seeking refuge from countries torn by conflict like Syria, Mali, Libya or insecurity like Somalia.

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More than 40,000 migrants arrive in Italy so far this year

Almost as many migrants from North Africa have arrived in Italy so far this year compared with the total number in 2013, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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Pope Francis I invited to UN headquarters in New York

Pope Francis I has been invited to United Nations headquarters in New York to speak about his vision of the future of humankind.

The invitation was extended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who met with the Pontiff in the Vatican on Friday.

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States must prioritize migrants’ human rights, UN independent experts reiterate

As crews off the Italian island of Lampedusa continue to recover bodies from last week’s migrant boat disaster, United Nations independent experts today reiterated calls on Member States to urgently adopt a new approach to migration that places the rights of migrants at the forefront.

Deaths of over 110 people off Italian coast reminder of ordeal of migrants

More than 110 bodies have been recovered from a tragedy that happened off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday.

Many more are still missing after a smugglers’ boat, carrying about 500 migrants, mainly Eritreans, sank in the Mediterranean.

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UN rights office calls on EU to strengthen efforts to prevent repeat of Lampedusa incident

The European Union (EU) should increase measures to prevent a repeat of yesterday's incident in which a boat capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa killing dozens of African migrants, the United Nations human rights office said today.

Italy pushes for an end to Female Genital Mutilation

Italy is pushing for approval of a UN resolution to end Female Genital Mutilation or FGM.

The country’s Ambassador to the UN, Cesare Maria Ragaglini, says the practice is a violation of basic human rights.

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Secretary-General travels to Italy for three-day official visit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon heads to Rome later today for a three-day visit to the Italian capital to coincide with celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the country’s unification.

Italy: UN rights expert calls for scrapping of draft wiretapping law

An Italian draft law on surveillance and eavesdropping for criminal investigations could jeopardize the work of journalists and threaten their freedom of expression, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today, calling for the abolition or revision of the bill.

UN investigating case of asylum-seekers sent back to Libya by Italy

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is looking into the cases of dozens of asylum-seekers who were returned to Libya by Italian authorities after they were intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea.