Archive for the ‘Press Releases’ Category

Assassination attempt prompts UN call for protection of human rights defenders in Burundi

11th August 2015 Press Releases

Burundi, 7 August 2015 – Following this week’s assassination attempt on one of Burundi’s leading human rights defenders, an independent United Nations expert has called on the Government to ensure the protection of all rights activists. (more…)

Almost 400 people rescued in the Mediterranean after fishing boat sinks – UN agency

7th August 2015 Press Releases

Mediterranean, 6 August 2015 – Almost 400 people have been rescued so far from a vessel which sank off the coast of Libya while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea with an estimated 600 refugees and migrants on board, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. (more…)

Growing insecurity leads to more displacements in Lake Chad region, warns UN official

7th August 2015 Press Releases

Nigeria, 6 August 2015 – The United Nations today reported further population displacement in the Lake Chad region owing to fear of attacks by Boko Haram and appeals by the Government of Chad for civilians to leave areas where ongoing military operations are being undertaken against the group. (more…)

Amid rising tensions and instability, UN chief reiterates concerns to Burundian President

7th August 2015 Press Releases

Burundi, 6 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to resume the political dialogue that was suspended last month, and reiterated his strong condemnation of the recent killing of General Adolphe Nshimirimana and the attempted assassination of human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa. (more…)

Libya: new round of UN-facilitated political dialogue set to begin next week

7th August 2015 Press Releases

Libya, 6 August 2015 – With a new round of the United Nations-facilitated political dialogue set to begin next week, the top UN envoy for Libya, Bernardino León, has urged the parties to redouble their efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the country. (more…)