UN Gender Focus: refugees in Europe, LGBT issues and Afghan women

Proportion of women and children seeking refuge in Europe increasing

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Refugee arrivals in Europe not slowing despite winter conditions

The number of refugees arriving in Europe is not slowing despite harsh winter conditions in the region according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Almost a million people arrived by sea alone in 2015.

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Concern at "never-ending flow" of vulnerable EU arrivals

Hopes that the colder weather might see a drop in the number of people risking their lives to reach Europe have proved groundless after the UN Children’s Agency, UNICEF, on Wednesday said that the number of women and children seeking safety has

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UN expert calls on Serbia to expedite legal measures amid housing crisis

Amid a range of structural challenges, including high unemployment and poverty, Serbia is now also facing a housing crisis which demands an immediate Government response, according to a United Nations independent human rights expert.

Floods in Balkans disrupt people’s lives

A clearer picture of the damage caused by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in more than a century, is beginning to emerge as the waters start to recede, according to UN agencies.

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Serbia: UN rights office urges protection of gay rights after pride parade is cancelled

The United Nations human rights office today urged Serbian authorities to ensure the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community can exercise their rights to freedom of expression and association, following the Government’s decision to cancel the pride parade in Belgrade last weekend for the third year in a row.

Praising advances in Serbia, UN official urges political will to solidify human rights gains

Visiting Serbia at “an important and transformative moment” in its history, the United Nations human rights chief today urged a steadfast focus on fundamental rights as she hailed a succession of political advances that augur well for the country itself and for the future of the wider region.

Dispute with Kosovo can only be settled through negotiations, Serbia says at UN

Serbia cannot accept Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence but it will also not abandon the negotiations process between Belgrade and Pristina, the country’s President told the General Assembly’s annual general debate today.

Secretary-General appeals for continued support for UN’s Kosovo mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed for cooperation and constructive engagement from all concerned for a reconfigured United Nations mission in Kosovo, which he says is continuing to play an important role amid the changing reality on the ground following Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia last year.

UN rights expert urges reform of religious registration law in Serbia

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the Serbian Government to reform legislation restricting the freedom of religion in the Balkan State, while finding signs of encouragement in its multi-ethnic enclaves.