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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: sexual violence in conflict, a malaria vaccine trial, updates on Libya, Ebola in DR Congo, Sri Lanka and Mali

Here are our top stories for this Tuesday: a focus on conflict-related sexual violence at the Security Council, a groundbreaking trial for a malaria vaccine in Malawi, thousands seeking shelter in Libya’s capital as fighting continues, concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after the attack of an Ebola treatment centre, an update on the death toll of the Sri Lanka attacks, and the Security Council’s condemnation of the killing of peacekeepers in Mali. 

Killing of Egyptian peacekeeper in Mali ‘may constitute war crimes’ Guterres warns, urging ‘swift action’

An improvised roadside mine which exploded hitting a UN peacekeeping convoy in Mali, killing one ‘blue helmet’ from Egypt, and wounding four others, may constitute a war crime, the UN Chief said on Saturday, as senior UN officials condemned the blast. 

News in Brief 01 April 2019

  • Brunei's new legal code would enshrine "cruel and inhuman punishments": Bachelet
  • UN highlights importance of population trends as key factor for reaching 2030 SDGs
  • Deadly intercommunal violence continues in Mali
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‘Address root causes’ of instability in Mali through ‘aid and support’ urges UN chief

Appearing before the Security Council on Friday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the only way to prevent increased violence and instability in Mali is to tackle root causes such as grinding poverty; climate change and competition for resources; underdevelopment, and a fundamental lack of opportunities for young people.

News in Brief 28 March 2019

  • Cyclone Idai’s toll on Zimbabwe 
  • Stem the bloodshed in Mali 
  • Journalist Khashoggi murder trials must meet international standards 
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Central Mali: Top UN genocide prevention official sounds alarm over recent ethnically-targeted killings

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed on Thursday his deepest concern and strongly condemned recent attacks against villages in Mali, including mass-killings last weekend in the Mopti region, which left 160 dead, including some 50 children, according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR).

Mali’s ‘self-defence’ groups must face justice, after deadly intercommunal attacks

Mali’s authorities have been urged by the UN to provide justice for the victims and survivors of attacks by so-called self-defence groups, responsible for horrific intercommunal violence in central Mali, after a weekend assault that claimed the lives of more than 150 people, including some 50 children.

News in Brief 26 March 2019

  • Cyclone Idai ‘another alarm bell’ on climate change, says UN’s Guterres
  • Mali’s ‘self-defence’ groups must face justice after deadly intercommunal attacks: UN rights office
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UN condemns ‘unspeakable’ attack that leaves scores dead in central Mali

The United Nations has strongly condemned the armed attack on a village in restive central Mali which reportedly left at least 134 people dead and dozens wounded early on Saturday.

News in Brief 19 March 2019

  • Humanitarian emergency getting bigger by the hour, warns UN food agency
  • DRC’s election of President Tshisekedi 'a momentous transition moment'
  • Mali violence ‘is worsening’ for civilian in centre and north, warns rights expert
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