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U.N.: Settlement Expansion ‘Root Cause’ of Palestinian Violence

New York, N.Y.  A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and has cited Israel’s policy of settlement expansion as a primary driver of the escalating violence in the area. Suffering displacement, injury and even death, children continue to […]

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Ban Condemns Israel’s Approval of New West Bank Construction

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the announcement today that Israel has approved construction of some 300 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, as well as the planning and construction of nearly 500 housing units in a number of settlements in East Jerusalem. An Israeli settlement viewed from […]

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U.N. ‘Vital Stabilizing Factor’ for Palestine Refugees in Mideast

New York, N.Y.  Marking 65 years since the inception of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called it more than just an agency but a “lifeline,” as he paid tribute to its staff especially those who have lost their lives trying to […]

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U.N.: Palestinian Conflict Continues to Destroy Human Life, Dignity

New York, N.Y.  Violations of human rights “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories, a senior United Nations official reported to the Human Rights Council today. Displaced Palestinians with their belongings, following Israeli authorities demolition of their structures in Ein al Hilwa (Tubas Governorate)  in the Jordan Valley on 30 January 2014. Photo: […]

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Little Hope of Change to Poor Saudi Rights Record

Washington, D.C.  Saudi Arabia’s human rights record has long been the subject of widespread condemnation by rights groups. But within the context of the ultra-conservative, religious society, King Abdullah, who died Friday, was seen as a leader who gradually tried to lay the groundwork for rights reforms. “Abdullah was known as something of a reformist […]

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U.N.: Israeli Demolition of Homes Contrary to International Law

New York, N.Y.  The Israeli Government’s use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that the practice – which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory – is a violation of human […]

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Ban: ‘Gaza in Critical Condition’ – Calls Again for Immediate Ceasefire

New York, N.Y.   Urging Israelis and Palestinians to stop the fighting now, “in the name of humanity”, United Nations Secretary-General has again joined the Security Council in calling on the parties to agree on an “immediate and unconditional” ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon […]

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Syria: We Cannot Afford to Lose a Generation

New York, N.Y.  The numbers of children affected by the Syrian crisis are almost impossible to fathom: over three million inside Syria, more than one million living in exile in neighboring countries. Most have experienced or witnessed horrific violence. They have lost loved ones, and they will bear the emotional and physical scars of war for the rest […]

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