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News in Brief 2 October 2019

  • Kyrgyz lawyer wins top UN Refugee Agency award
  • UN envoy positive but realistic about upcoming Syria Constitutional Committee meeting
  • First-ever visit of a UN human rights chief to Malaysia
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Service and Sacrifice: Malaysian peacekeepers in Lebanon proud to serve their homeland and the United Nations

Peacekeepers from Malaysia serving under the United Nations flag in Lebanon face a “a totally new experience” according to the commander of the Malaysian contingent in the country.

UN chief praises Malaysia’s death penalty repeal as ‘major step forward’

Malaysia has announced that it plans to abolish executions, a move hailed by United Nations chief António Guterres on Thursday, as a “major step forward.”

UN chief applauds Malaysians for ‘strong commitment’ to democracy

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres congratulated the people of Malaysia on Thursday, following the peaceful holding of national and provincial elections, and praised voters for their “strong commitment” to the democratic process.

News in Brief 07 February 2018

  • More than 300 child soldiers released by armed groups in South Sudan
  • World Urban Forum opens with call for “equal voice” for women in cities
  • “All-out assault on democracy” in the Maldives: UN human rights chief
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Twelve countries report decrease in child refugee detentions

The number of refugee children in detention centres in 12 countries fell by 14 per cent over the past two years, according to a report launched by the UN R

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Dutch Safety Board’s final report on flight MH17 crash in Ukraine welcomed by UN

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) today welcomed the Dutch Safety Board’s final report on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine.

Welcome for Myanmar decision to shelter sea migrants

Myanmar’s decision to take in more than 200 boat migrants has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency which on Friday called for further action to rescue more than 3,500 people still stranded at sea.

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Malaysia’s anti-terror and sedition laws ‘curtail’ human rights, warns UN rights chief

A series of amendments to Malaysia’s 1948 Sedition Act risk seriously undermine freedom of expression and opinion throughout the country, the top United Nations human rights official warned today as he urged the Asian state to bring its legislation in line with international human rights standards.

UN rights office ‘disappointed’ to see Malaysian opposition leader prison sentence upheld

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that it is disappointed that Malaysia’s Federal Court ruled to uphold the imprisonment of opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim.