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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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Mixed Picture for Ebola in Sierra Leone, as Victims Outpace Beds

Port Loko, Sierra Leone.  Witnessing yet again the challenging dynamics of the Ebola outbreak unfolding in West Africa, the United Nations envoy coordinating the global response visited Sierra Leone today, where he reported efforts to halt the virus in former hotspot Kenema are starting to pay off, while some 200 kilometres away, Port Loko is now [...]

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On World Cities Day, U.N. Spotlights Need for Sustainable Urban Planning

New York, N.Y.  As the world’s urban areas inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population, they will also need to transition into better planned and better managed environments or risk exacerbating negative trends, the United Nations warned today.  Marking the inaugural edition of World Cities Day, a global event aimed at promoting sustainable urban [...]

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Mass Surveillance Puts Online Privacy at Risk: U.N.

New York, N.Y.   States must be transparent about the nature of their electronic mass surveillance programmes, an independent United Nations counter-terrorism expert said today as he warned about the impact such measures might have on individuals’ right to privacy. “States need to squarely confront the fact that mass surveillance programmes effectively do away with the [...]

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U.N. Day: Celebrating Continuing Commitment for Better World

New York, N.Y.  As multiple crises – ranging from poverty and disease to terrorism and climate change – continue to afflict the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations today, declaring that the Organization is needed now “more than ever.” U.N. Photo/Rick Bajornas. In his message on the Day, observed annually on 24 October, the anniversary [...]

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U.N. Calls Out Detroit Water Policy as ‘Contrary to Human Rights’

New York, N.Y.  The city of Detroit must restore access to water for its citizens who remain unable to pay their bills, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that a failure to do so would be a violation of the most basic human rights of those residents. Photo: World Bank/Allison Kwesell. Catarina de Albuquerque, [...]

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Ebola Response in ‘High-Gear,’ But Faces Great Challenges

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations continues to ramp-up its Ebola response, reaching more than 530,000 people with food assistance in hard-hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and, in the latter country, gathering survivors for a meeting to help deal with the psychological aftermath and stigma they face re-entering their communities. A C160 German aircraft [...]

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U.N. Marks World Day Against Death Penalty: End ‘Cruel Practice’

New York, N.Y.  The continuing application of the death penalty is a “cruel practice” that undermines human dignity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he urged Member States to “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights” and impose moratoriums on executions. In a video message issued to an event that took place yesterday at the U.N. Office in Geneva [...]

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U.N. Concerned over ‘Disproportionate’ Killings of Blacks by U.S. Police

The Pope Urges Europe to Do More for Migrants

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

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