News in Brief 22 May 2019

  • Fighting hate crimes in the courts: UN justice experts meet at Vienna conference
  • UK Government austerity measures have led to ‘record levels of hunger and homelessness’ : independent UN expert
  • Algeria and Argentina officially recognized as malaria-free
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UN Gender Focus: women's role in peace in Africa, women empowerment in India and UK student fights for gender equality

UN deputy chief underscores women’s role in peace, security in Africa

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London conference on Somalia tackles drought, security reform

Heads of state from East Africa and international partners have rallied to support Somalia as it faces a devastating drought.

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“Crisis of an entire generation” indoctrinated by ISIL

A new report endorsed by the UN that examines child indoctrination by the ISIL terrorist group represents the “crisis of an entire generation”.

That’s according to the senior researcher launching the report in the UK parliament on Wednesday, called Children and the Islamic State.

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France-UK agreement to address Calais refugee situation welcomed

A new agreement between France and the UK to deal with the influx of migrants and refugees at a port city in northern France has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

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Calais death toll “highlights refugees’ desperation”

The rising death toll among refugees and migrants at a French port requires urgent action from the authorities, the UN said Friday.

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United Kingdom must not deport people to countries with risk of torture – UN rights expert

A United Nations human rights expert today called on the United Kingdom not to deport anybody under its new anti-terrorism law to a country where there is a risk of torture or ill-treatment, warning that the proposed assurances it would seek were not an adequate guarantee and circumvented its treaty obligations.