News in Brief 15 February 2016 (PM)

UN team assessing peace and security in the Gambia

A United Nations mission is in the Gambia this week to assess the peace and security situation.

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Building a bridge with Africa and beyond to end FGM

Encouraging the African diaspora to advocate for the rights of women and girls on the continent is among the goals of this year’s commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), observed on 6 February.

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News in Brief 23 January 2017 (PM)

Mosul displaced tops 160,000

More than 161,000 people have been displaced as a result of ongoing fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN announced on Monday.

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Pakistan: UN expert calls for return of four disappeared human rights and social media activists

A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Pakistani authorities to make it a top priority to locate, protect and return home four disappeared human rights and social media campaigners.

Afghan citizens returning in “record numbers” says UN special envoy

Hundreds and thousands of Afghan citizens are returning home “with hope” from host countries like Pakistan and Iran, the UN special envoy for the country has said.

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Ban 'deeply concerned' about deteriorating situation along 'Line of Control' in Kashmir

“Deeply concerned” about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all involved to prioritize the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life.

UN Gender Focus: Pakistani activist, Ugandan entrepreneur and midwives in South Sudan

Being a woman, human rights defender in Pakistan is “risky”

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Being a woman human rights defender in Pakistan is “risky”

Being a woman and a human rights defender in Pakistan is “risky” a young activist who founded a non-profit called “Aware Girls” with her sister when she was just fifteen.

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UN chief ‘condemns’ terrorist attack in Pakistan’s restive Baluchistan province

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a terrorist attack on a police academy in Quetta, Pakistan earlier today that claimed the lives of at-least 60 people and injured more than 100.

‘Seriously concerned’ by situation in Jammu and Kashmir, UN rights chief urges de-escalation of tensions

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, is seriously concerned about the human rights situation in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the rising tensions between India and Pakistan, a spokesperson from the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR) said today.