Archive for the ‘Press Releases’ Category

Condemning new death sentence, UN rights chief highlights alarming use of capital punishment in Iran

6th August 2015 Press Releases

Iran, 5 August 2015 – The top United Nations human rights official today expressed alarm at the imposition of the death penalty on Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of a spiritual movement, writer and practitioner of alternative medicine theories used in Iran and abroad. (more…)

Myanmar: UN food agency delivers aid to 82,000 people in flooded areas

6th August 2015 Press Releases

Myanmar, 5 August 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it has delivered aid to 82,000 people in the most flood-affected parts of western Myanmar, and is now working to reach 200,000 people. (more…)

Civilians continue to bear brunt of Afghan conflict, new UN report reveals

6th August 2015 Press Releases

Afghanistan, 5 August 2015 – Civilians continued to bear the brunt of the Afghan conflict in the first half of 2015, the United Nations reported today, noting that casualties are projected to equal or exceed the record high numbers documented last year. (more…)

Donors urged to meet critical funding shortfall faced by UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees

5th August 2015 Press Releases

Palestine, 4 August 2015 – Voicing concern over the financial situation confronting the United Nations agency assisting Palestine refugees, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all donors to urgently ensure adequate and sustainable financing for vital services as soon as possible. (more…)

Millions left in need after funding shortage forces UN health agency to cut services in Iraq

5th August 2015 Press Releases

Iraq, 4 August 2015 – The United Nations health agency was forced to suspend 84 per cent of frontline programmes in 10 governorates in Iraq in July due to insufficient funding, leaving almost three million people without access to urgently-needed healthcare services. (more…)