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Afghanistan: End attacks on civilians, prosecute perpetrators, says senior UN rights official

A top United Nations rights official has welcomed the Afghan Government’s “undeniable commitment” to improving an often “dire” human rights record, while also voicing concern over continued attacks on civilians ahead of key elections later in the year.

News In Brief 30 April 2018

  • ‘No justification whatsoever’ for deadly Afghanistan blasts: UN envoy
  • Informal economy employs two billion: ILO report
  • Saint Petersburg celebrates all that jazz on International Day
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Rural women in Afghanistan feeling 'left behind'

Rural women in Afghanistan are feeling increasingly isolated and deprived of their rights compared with women living in towns and cities.

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News in Brief 15 February 2018

  • Decline in Afghan civilian casualties but targeted killings increase: UNAMA
  • UN chief expresses “profound sadness” at mass shooting in Florida school
  • “Individualized, supportive care” is key to healthy childbirth: WHO
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UN says more than 10,000 civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan conflict last year

More than 10,000 civilians were killed or wounded in the Afghanistan conflict during 2017, a nine per cent drop over 2016, according to a United Nations report out Thursday which also revealed rising casualties caused by suicide bombings and attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

News in Brief 15 January 2018

Security Council makes unannounced visit to support Afghan peace efforts

The Security Council carried out an unannounced three-day visit to Afghanistan over the weekend, to lend support to the country’s efforts to restore “peace and stability”.

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News in Brief 28 December 2017

Terrorist attack in Kabul another ‘despicable crime’ in a year already marked by unspeakable atrocities: UN Mission

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News in Brief 12 October 2017 (AM)

Withdrawal of US from UNESCO “deeply regrettable”: Bokova

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News in Brief 21 August 2017 (PM)

UN readying to support civilians fleeing from Iraqi city

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News in Brief 02 August 2017 (AM)

Top UN officials condemn deadly mosque attack in Afghanistan

A deadly assault on a Shia mosque in Afghanistan has been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

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