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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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On World Teachers’ Day, U.N. Agencies Urge Investing in Educators

New York, N.Y.  Investing in teachers is urgently needed to provide the best possible opportunities for millions of children, youth and adults worldwide, the heads of various United Nations agencies today said in a joint statement marking World Teachers’ Day. Photo: UNESCO. “An education system is only as good as its teachers,” the agency chiefs [...]

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U.N.: 3,700 Children Orphaned by Ebola, Lives Shattered

New York, N.Y.  Amid a climbing death toll and widespread panic, the Ebola outbreak continues to ravage West Africa leaving thousands of orphaned children in its wake, an official for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today, as a fortified UN mission arrived in the region to confront and contain the growing crisis. “Thousands [...]

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U.N.: Not One Child Untouched by Recent Gaza Conflict

New York, N.Y.  There is not a single child who has not been adversely affected by the recent conflict in Gaza, where children suffer from bedwetting, difficulties in sleeping, nightmares, a loss of appetite, and display more aggressive behaviour at school, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today. Palestinian children weep at the [...]

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

New York Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola, at Bellevue Hospital

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

Cuba Hosts U.N. Ebola Conference, Sends MDs to West Africa

Hope: Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

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