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On Day of Remembrance, UN says history of slave trade can help combat social injustice

Remembering the universal demand for freedom that led to the 1791 insurrection by slaves in what is now Haiti, the head of the United Nations cultural and educational agency today marked the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition by underscoring the importance of teaching this history to young people. ...

Syria: UN relief officials condemn targeting of civilians, infrastructure as airstrikes hit Raqqa

Senior United Nations humanitarian officials for Syria today expressed deep concern over many civilians reportedly killed in airstrikes and other attacks in the last few days in Raqqa city, where coalition forces are fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. ...

UNICEF warns use of children as ‘human bombs’ is on the rise in north-east Nigeria

The United Nations children agency today expressed extreme concern at the appalling increase in the cruel and calculated use of children, especially girls, as &#8220human bombs&#8221 in north-east Nigeria. ...

UN human rights chief welcomes rape law reform in Lebanon, Tunisia, Jordan

Today, the top United Nations human rights official welcomed the repeal of laws in Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan that allow rapists to avoid criminal prosecution by marrying their victims. ...

UN aid workers urge safe passage for civilians fleeing northern Iraq ahead of battle

Warning of harassment, revenge attacks and abuse of civilians displaced from the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, United Nations refugee and migration agencies today called for people trying to flee the city ahead of military operations to have safe passage. ...

Justice vital to help Iraqi victims of ISIL’s sexual violence rebuild lives – UN report

The Iraqi Government must ensure that the thousands of women and girls who survived sexual violence by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da&#39esh) terrorist fighters receive care, protection and justice, and that children born because of such violence do not face a life of discrimination and abuse, a United Nations report published today says. ...

Justice essential to help Iraqi victims of ISIL’s sexual violence rebuild lives – UN report

The Iraqi Government must ensure that the thousands of women and girls who survived sexual violence by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da&#39esh) terrorist fighters receive care, protection and justice, and that children born because of such violence do not face a life of discrimination and abuse, a United Nations report published today says. ...

UN labour agency launches global panel to address rapid transformations in the world of work

The United Nations labour agency has launched a high-level international body that will chart the course towards a future of decent and sustainable work opportunities for all, and to tackle the challenges of delivering social justice in today&#39s rapidly transforming world of work. ...

UN health agency rushes to prevent malaria, cholera outbreaks in flood-hit Sierra Leone

The United Nations health agency is working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and cholera in the wake of last week&#39s mudslides and flooding in the country&#39s capital, Freetown. ...

Following El Salvador visit, UN right expert urges authorities to protect people from gangs

El Salvador is suffering a &#39hidden tragedy&#39 due to gang-related violence, an independent United Nations human rights expert today said, urging national authorities to intensify efforts to help and protect people affected by gangs. ...

Thousands flee as Iraqi forces advance on ISIL-held Tal Afar – UN

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has warned against the consequences of displacement as thousands of civilians are expected to flee from Tal Afar and surrounding communities during the Iraqi military operation to retake these areas from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da&#39esh) terrorist group. ...

‘UN stands in solidarity with Finland in its fight against terrorism,’ says Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today condemned the terrorist attack in south-western Finland which killed at least two people. ...

‘Civilians are Not a Target,’ says UN chief on World Humanitarian Day

On World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations and its partners are calling on all global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict, and to stand with the health and aid workers who risk their lives to help them. ...

Marking World Humanitarian Day, UN urges protection for civilians in armed conflict

Civilians in conflict are not a target, top United Nations officials today stressed at a special event marking World Humanitarian Day, which honours aid workers and pays homage to those killed in service, while also drawing attention to the millions of people today living in war zones. ...

Yemen’s ‘man-made catastrophe’ is ravaging country, senior UN officials tell Security Council

Warning about escalating suffering in Yemen&#39s man-made catastrophe, senior United Nations officials today addressed the Security Council, calling on the international community to push for a political solution to the more than two-year-old conflict. ...

UN condemns deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona

Condemning today&#39s terrorist attack on Barcelona, Spain, Secretary-General António Guterres said the United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government and people of Spain in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. ...

Protecting aid workers ‘paramount,’ UN relief chief says ahead of World Humanitarian Day

As conflicts around the world continue to take a massive toll on people’s lives, the top United Nations relief official stressed the importance of ensuring that the brave men and women who risk their lives to help those in need are not themselves a target. ...

Protecting aid workers ‘paramount,’ UN official stresses ahead of International Day

As conflicts around the world continue to take a massive toll on people’s lives, the top United Nations relief official stressed the importance of ensuring that the brave men and women who risk their lives to help those in need are not themselves a target. ...

UN agencies rushing aid to more than 3,000 displaced in flood-hit Sierra Leone

United Nations agencies are stepping up efforts to aid displaced families affected by the deadly flooding and landslides in Sierra Leon&#39s capital, Freetown, and surrounding areas. ...

South Sudan refugees in Uganda exceed one million; UN renews appeal for help

As the number of refugees from South Sudan in Uganda passes one million &#8211 the vast majority of whom are women and children &#8211 the United Nations refugee agency today reiterated its call for urgent additional support. ...