UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Hatred ‘a threat to everyone’, declares Guterres calling for global effort to end xenophobia and ‘loathsome rhetoric’

A “disturbing groundswell” of hate-based violence and intolerance aimed at worshippers across all faiths, must be countered soon before it’s too late, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, noting murderous attacks in just the past few days on a synagogue in California, and a church in Burkina Faso.

News in Brief 26 March 2019

  • Cyclone Idai ‘another alarm bell’ on climate change, says UN’s Guterres
  • Mali’s ‘self-defence’ groups must face justice after deadly intercommunal attacks: UN rights office
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News in Brief 25 March 2019

  • A day to remember the ‘invincible spirit’ of enslaved people
  • Lethal autonomous weapons are ‘morally repugnant,’ says UN chief
  • Rohingya relocation plans: UN urges caution
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News in Brief 25 February 2019

  • People’s rights under fire, UN chief tells the Human Rights Council
  • Around 6,000 more mostly women and children flee last ISIL terrorist stronghold in Syria
  • UN experts ‘deplore’ executions of nine in Egypt who ‘confessed under torture’
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‘Put an end to the death penalty now’, urges Guterres, marking World Day

Progress made toward eliminating the death penalty has been “marred by setbacks,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement on Wednesday, marking the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty.

UN chief welcomes agreement by rival leaders in South Sudan, as a step towards ‘inclusive and implementable’ peace

The United Nations Secretary-General has welcomed an agreement signed on Wednesday by the President of South Sudan and his former Vice President, which it is hoped will lead to an “inclusive and implementable” peace deal to end years of civil conflict in the world’s youngest nation.

UN chief condemns explosion at election rally in Zimbabwe that injured dozens, including senior politicians

The UN Secretary-General has condemned an explosion which took place at an election rally in Zimbabwe on Saturday, not long after President Emmerson Mnangagwa left the stage after addressing the crowd, according to news reports.

Guterres expresses ‘grave concern’ following explosion at large political rally for reform-minded Ethiopian Prime Minister

One person has reportedly died, and dozens were injured after an explosion ripped through a large crowd at a rally for the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia on Saturday, which the UN chief described as a matter of “grave concern”.

UN chief calls for ‘immediate end’ to escalation of fighting in southwestern Syria, as thousands are displaced

The UN Secretary-General on Friday expressed his grave concern for thousands of civilians caught up in an escalation of fighting across southwestern Syria, close to the border with Jordan.

UN chief hails ‘very important role’ of Human Rights Council, as US withdraws, citing alleged bias

In response to the withdrawal of the United States on Tuesday from the United Nations body which is designed to promote and protect human rights around the globe, Secretary-General António Guterres said that he would have “much preferred” the US remain.