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Thursday’s Daily Brief: Religious site protection, South-South Cooperation, ‘UNComplicated’ airs, West Bank threat, vaccination, Hong Kong update

A recap of Thursday’s top stories: UN Chief’s global call to safeguard religious sites; South-South Cooperation ‘accelerates’ towards SDGs; Guterres on West Bank annexation threat; WHO says one in 10 children not getting proper vaccines; Protestor protection call over Hong Kong; New ‘UNComplicated’ podcast launches.

Asylum seekers in Sri Lanka fear for their safety, in wake of Easter Sunday terror attacks

Since the suicide bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21, there have been concerns for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers living in the country: in the immediate aftermath, there were reports of refugees being targeted and forced from their homes by angry mobs threatening reprisals for the Easter Sunday attacks which targeted Christian churches, as well as upscale hotels.

‘Hateful attacks’ pushing Sri Lanka backwards, UN advisers warn, urging an end to ‘discriminatory practices’ that feed intolerance

Growing instances of religious-based violence in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka have prompted two United Nations Special Advisers to call for an end to “hateful attacks” directed towards the country’s Muslim minority.

‘United against hate’: UN chief and religious leaders honour victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Calling for solidarity against anti-Semitism, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, addressed an inter-faith tribute held on Wednesday in New York’s historic Park East Synagogue, to honour victims of Saturday’s mass-shooting in Pittsburgh.

UN chief calls tolerance, understanding and compassion 'catalysts for peace'

Religion is being distorted to increase differences, Secretary-General António Guterres said, urging the international community to counter such narratives.

UN Daily News Programme 14 July 2017

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Persecution of Baha’i faith in Iran is a deep-seated issue

The persecution of Baha’is in Iran is a “very deep-seated” issue according to Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.

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UN expert hails US move placing atheists on equal footing with faith groups

A United Nations human rights expert on freedom of religion or belief has welcomed the United States' legislative amendments aimed at protecting non-believers and atheists.

Women "have right" to wear controversial burkini bathing suit

Women should have the right to choose to wear a controversial bathing suit known as the burkini without coercion from the state or individuals; that’s according to the UN agency focused on gender issues, UN Women.

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Respect for different faiths 'bedrock' and 'prerequisite' of world peace, UN General Assembly told

Mutual respect for different faiths and cultures is the “bedrock” of a world at peace and “prerequisite” for achieving many of the goals to which humankind and the United Nations aspire, the General Assembly was told today.