News in Brief 16 April 2021

  • Northeast Nigeria violence forces 65,000 to flee, humanitarians targeted
  • Papua New Guinea at “critical” moment in fight against COVID-19: WHO
  • Japan: Rights experts ‘deeply disappointed’ by Fukushima water discharge plan
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Northeast Nigeria violence forces 65,000 to flee, humanitarians targeted by armed groups

A spate of clashes involving Government security forces and insurgent groups in northeast Nigeria has caused mass displacement and threatened humanitarian assistance, as armed groups go “house-to-house” hunting for aid workers, the UN said on Friday.

News in Brief 24 March 2021

  • Rise in global COVID19 infections for fourth week in a row
  • UN chief reaffirms solidarity with Niger, after second deadly attack
  • Top UN rights forum supports call for international action on Belarus, Myanmar
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UN chief reaffirms solidarity with Niger, as second deadly attack rocks country

The United Nations Secretary-General has reaffirmed the Organization’s support and solidarity with Niger, as the second deadly attacks against civilians in less than a week rocked the west African nation. 

UNICEF condemns ‘horrific killings’ of civilians in Niger

The recent “horrific killings” of dozens of civilians in two villages in western Niger have been condemned in the strongest terms by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 

News in Brief 25 February 2021

  • ECOWAS and UN strongly condemn electoral violence in Niger
  • UNICEF signs COVID-19 vaccine agreement with AstraZeneca
  • South Sudan: WHO supports polio vaccination campaign targeting 2.8 million children
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News in Brief 4 January 2021

  • Attack on Niger villagers leaves 100 dead, UN chief urges justice for victims 
  • Killing of Pakistan miners must be met with every effort to find perpetrators 
  • Guterres leads tributes to ‘legendary’ UN official Sir Brian Urquhart 
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UN denounces attacks on villages in western Niger

The United Nations Secretary-General has strongly condemned Saturday’s attack by unidentified gunmen on two villages in western Niger, which reportedly left about one hundred people dead, while hundreds of survivors fled the scene on foot. 

Niger: UN chief urges security forces to protect civilians during polls

The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the security forces in Niger to “make every effort” to protect civilians as they take part in Sunday’s elections. 

News in Brief 15 December 2020

  • Rights chief Bachelet condemns deaths of 255 people in Colombia massacres 
  • Four children among victims of shipwreck carrying Venezuelans to Caribbean 
  • UN refugee agency condemns deadly attack on Niger town 
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