Top UN relief official in Somalia appeals for scaled-up assistance in newly opened areas

Somalia, 21 August 2015 – Just back from an assessment mission in southern regions of Somalia, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the country has underscored that while relief supplies are reaching the areas “after years of isolation,” much work lay ahead for people to rebuild their lives in the towns of Baardheere and Diinsoor, in the Gedo and Bay regions, respectively. More »

UN human rights chief urges end to ‘endemic impunity’ for violations in Darfur

Darfur, 21 August 2015 – A new United Nations report paints a grim picture of “systemic failure, or outright refusal” by authorities in Darfur to take human rights violations seriously and points to the failure of initiatives taken so far by the Government to combat “endemic impunity.” More »

Following Tianjin explosion, UN expert calls on China to ensure transparent investigation

China, 20 August 2015 – The Government of China and relevant businesses in the country should ensure complete transparency in the investigation of the chemical disaster in Tianjin, including both causes and effects of the explosion, says an independent United Nations human rights expert. More »

Central African Republic: UN mission determined to ‘stamp out’ sexual exploitation by peacekeepers

CAR, 20 August 2015 – Condemning all cases of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by its personnel, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) today said that it is determined to “stamp out” this “extremely seriously problem.” More »

UN chief urges Burundian President to ‘pursue path of inclusivity and reconciliation’

Burundi, 20 August 2015 – Noting the inauguration today of Pierre Nkurunziza for his third term as President of Burundi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged him to “pursue a path of inclusivity and reconciliation,” and reiterated his call on all Burundian stakeholders to undertake a broad and transparent political dialogue. More »