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Countries urged to provide poorest people with equal access to water and hygiene services

Countries around the world are being urged to help the poorest people gain equal access to drinking water, sanitation and adequate hygiene.

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Film helps spotlight dangers of racism and prejudice

A film which is helping to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice has been shown as part of the commemoration for the UN's International Day of Remembra

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Black, female and poor in America: a triple challenge

Being black and poor in America presents a particular challenge, according to Julia Tripp, a research assistant at the Center for Social Policy (CSP) who also heads up its Constituent Advisory Group of people with a lived experience of poverty.

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China’s human rights record under the spotlight

The situation of human rights in China was put under scrutiny at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.

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Syria’s chemical weapons programme is put before Security Council

After what has been described as “intense diplomacy and negotiations” on a response to Syria’s chemical weapons programme, diplomats at the United Nations have come up with a draft resolution.

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UN experts urge United States to wrap up review of Trayvon Martin case, examine laws

A group of United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of the United States to finalize the ongoing review of the case involving the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, an African –American teenager who was shot in 2012 by a neighbourhood watchman in the state of Florida.

UN independent expert calls on US to ban prolonged, indefinite solitary confinements

As nearly 200 inmates in California detention centres approach their fifth consecutive week on hunger strike against cruel, inhuman and degrading prison conditions, a United Nations right expert today urged the Government of the United States to abolish the use of prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement.

Ban congratulates Ambassador Rice on being named US national security advisor

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on her appointment as National Security Adviser to her country.

Arbitrary detention at Guantánamo in breach of international law: UN

United States President Barack Obama thinks the Guantánamo Naval Base camp should close but it’s still open, says the UN Human Rights Office.

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First woman private space explorer advocates for more girls in Maths and Science

Fifty years ago this June, Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to travel to space.

Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer and serial tech entrepreneur, believes more women and girls should follow the space pioneer.

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