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Social protection systems must include persons with disabilities

Social protection systems must address the unique needs of persons with disabilities. That’s according to Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the issue.

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Whole future of the UN is “at stake” over peacekeeping reform

The whole future of the UN is at stake over the modernizing of its peacekeeping operations to face new challenges.

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More protection needed for foreign nationals facing death penalty

Countries should do more to protect their citizens facing the death penalty abroad. That’s according to a new report released by the UN’s top expert on executions.

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Women fleeing gangs in Central America fuel new refugee crisis

The number of women in Central America and Mexico fleeing gang violence is rising at an alarming rate, fuelling a new refugee crisis in the region.

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Culture of “denial” around sexual violence must be broken

The “culture of denial and silence” around sexual violence against women in conflict must be broken according to a leading UN expert.

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Social dialogue key for improving workplaces

Effective social dialogue between governments, workers and employers can improve compliance and produce better workplaces.

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Quake "shows why countries must prepare for worst"

Time “is running out” to help people trapped in the rubble nearly 48 hours after a massive earthquake struck the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, UN experts said Tuesday.

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Indigenous can play critical role in the fight against hunger

Indigenous peoples can play a critical role in the fight against hunger, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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“Climate of paranoia” fuels persecution in the name of religion

A political vacuum leading to a “climate of paranoia” helps encourage religious persecution and violence.

That’s according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt.

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UN often first to listen to families of the disappeared

The more than 40,000 cases of people worldwide who have been arrested, detained or abducted against their will represent human beings, not numbers, a UN human rights expert has said.

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