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UNESCO to help Mali restore cultural heritage damaged during recent violence

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced it will help rebuild and safeguard Mali’s cultural heritage, which has been the target of attacks during the current crisis.

Mali: UN gears up to assist possible return of thousands of displaced people

The United Nations refugee agency today announced it is urgently preparing for a possible spontaneous return of thousands of conflict-displaced people in northern Mali, where ongoing insecurity is hampering some 380,000 from returning home.

Crisis in Mali having far-reaching impact on rest of West Africa, warns UN envoy

The ongoing crisis in Mali is having far-reaching effects in West Africa and the Sahel, a United Nations envoy said today, stressing that the situation there illustrated the fragility of the region.

UN refugee agency reports growing number of people displaced by fighting in Mali

The United Nations refugee agency today reported that the number of people fleeing the fighting in Mali is increasing, amidst reports of growing food shortages.

Military and political tracks must proceed together to resolve Mali crisis – UN officials

Success in tackling the ongoing crisis in Mali requires strong military action along with intense focus on the political challenges, while also addressing the dire humanitarian situation in the country, top United Nations officials stressed today.

Rape and torture among serious rights violations spawned by Mali crisis – UN report

The ongoing crisis in Mali has led to serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, rape and torture, says a United Nations report released today, which warns that increasing ethnic tensions could have alarming consequences on the North African nation.

UN team set to arrive in Mali to assist Government resolve ongoing crisis

A United Nations team is set to arrive in the Malian capital of Bamako tomorrow to support the national authorities in their quest to restore constitutional order and territorial integrity.

ICC Prosecutor opens investigation into war crimes in Mali

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today formally opened an investigation into alleged crimes committed in Mali since January 2012 – including murder, torture and rape – with a focus on the northern part of the country.

Humanitarian situation in Mali deteriorates after latest wave of fighting – UN

The latest round of military clashes over the weekend between the Malian army and radical Islamist groups have sparked a new wave of displacement and led to a worsening of the humanitarian situation in the North African country, the United Nations warned today.

Mali: Ban welcomes bilateral assistance to stop southward onslaught of insurgents

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the response of “bilateral partners” to the plea for assistance from the Government of Mali to counter the troubling push southward by armed rebels, some of which are associated with terrorists groups.