More people displaced by turmoil in Mali than previously estimated - UN refugee agency

New data on the number of Malians who have left or been driven from their homes amid conflict and other threats show the total is almost 60 per cent higher than previously thought, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Mali: any military action should not worsen existing tensions, deputy UN chief tells meeting

The international community must help the Malian authorities put in place a credible political process that addresses the underlying causes of the country’s crisis and helps them with any military operations which may be needed to return parts of the country to Government control – while also ensuring that military action “does not exacerbate existing tensions or worsen an already fragile humanitarian situation.”

Amid growing food insecurity in Mali, UN agency boosts support

The United Nations humanitarian food agency today announced it was intervening in eight regions of Mali with food assistance as part of the world body’s overall efforts to fight the growing humanitarian crisis there.

Security Council paves way for possible intervention force in northern Mali

Citing the threat to regional peace from terrorists and Islamic militants in rebel-held northern Mali, the United Nations Security Council today held out the possibility of endorsing, within the next 45 days, an international military force to restore the unity of the West African country.

Islamists use fear, drug money to maintain control of northern Mali – UN rights official

Radical Islamists who seized northern Mali earlier this year are maintaining their control through fear and drug money, imposing an extremist version of Muslim Sharia law and restrictions that target women in particular, a top United Nations human rights official said today.

Women primary victims of violence in northern Mali, says UN rights official

Concluding a four-day visit to Mali, a top United Nations human rights official today cited ongoing abuses in the northern part of the country, and highlighted the plight of women, whose rights have been particularly restricted.

Security Council voices grave concern at deteriorating situation in northern Mali

The Security Council today reiterated its grave concern about the continuing deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in northern Mali, and urged rebel groups in the country to cut off all ties to terrorist elements, including Al-Qaida in Islamic Maghreb and affiliated groups.

Top UN official condemns amputations, human rights violations in northern Mali

The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the ongoing human rights violations in northern Mali, including cruel punishments such as amputations, and called on the Government and the international community to urgently address the crisis.

In Mali, UN official urges donor support to step up food relief efforts

The top United Nations relief official said today that humanitarian efforts to alleviate the devastating food crisis affecting Mali have begun to yield results, but warned that much still remains to be done and the situation could worsen without continued donor support.

Mali: UNICEF warns of armed groups recruiting children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned of reports that armed groups in northern Mali are increasingly recruiting and using children for military purposes, and called on all parties to keep them out of the way of conflict.