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Iraq: UN chief condemns ‘horrific’ double suicide bombing at Baghdad market
on January 21, 2021 at 8:31 pm
Perpetrators behind twin deadly suicide bombings at a busy market in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Thursday must be prosecuted, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement strongly condemning the attacks.
Senior panel probing violations in Syria, examining new measures to safeguard humanitarians
on January 21, 2021 at 7:40 pm
The UN chief announced on Thursday that he has set up an independent Senior Advisory Panel on strengthening the mechanism whereby humanitarian workers and sites are better protected from attack in Syria, according to a statement released by his spokesperson.
Decade of conflict triggering ‘slow tsunami’ across Syria, Security Council hears
on January 20, 2021 at 6:56 pm
After a decade of conflict, economic collapse compounded by COVID-19, corruption and mismanagement, the UN Syrian envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday that “a slow tsunami” is now “crashing across Syria”.
Israel: ‘Halt and reverse’ new settlement construction – UN chief
on January 19, 2021 at 3:50 pm
Israel’s decision to advance plans for some 800 new settlement units, most of which are located deep inside the occupied West Bank, has sparked the concern of UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
First Person: Cheese proves key to survival for Syrian refugee family amid pandemic
on January 16, 2021 at 5:05 am
Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad, a mother of four, lives on a farm with 50 other workers in Sahba, Jordan. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that didn’t work for two months in 2020, and feeding her family became a daily struggle.
Israel: Ensure equal COVID-19 vaccine access to Palestinians – UN Independent experts
on January 14, 2021 at 7:56 pm
Israel’s “impressive” vaccination programme against the COVID-19 pandemic must include Palestinians under occupation, UN independent human rights experts stressed on Wednesday.
UN officials fear US terrorist designation will hasten famine in Yemen
on January 14, 2021 at 6:51 pm
Senior UN officials have expressed concern over the potential impact of the decision by the United States to designate Yemen’s Ansar Allah, more commonly known as the Houthi movement, a terrorist group, the Security Council heard on Thursday.
Serious repercussions likely to follow US plan to designate Yemen combatants terrorists, UN warns
on January 11, 2021 at 8:53 pm
The United States government’s decision to designate Ansar Allah, more commonly known as the Houthi rebel group in Yemen, as terrorists, is likely to have “serious humanitarian and political repercussions”, the UN spokesperson said on Monday.
Saudi Arabia: UN rights expert welcomes ‘positive first step’ toward détente in Gulf
on January 7, 2021 at 8:39 pm
Saudi Arabia’s action in lifting sanctions against Qatar is a “positive first step” towards normalized relations in the Gulf region, a UN independent human rights expert said on Thursday, urging the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt to follow suit.
Deadly car bomb attacks ‘tragic reminder’ of price civilians pay in Syria
on January 6, 2021 at 8:57 pm
The killing of civilians in separate car bomb attacks in northern Syria on Saturday has been condemned by top UN humanitarian officials for the country.
UN chief welcomes declaration on resolving the ‘Gulf rift’
on January 6, 2021 at 9:53 am
The United Nations Secretary-General has welcomed the al Ula declaration on “solidarity and stability”, announced at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit on Tuesday, aimed at strengthening peace and prosperity in the region.
Syria: ‘Identified gaps, inconsistencies’ raise questions over elimination of chemical weapons
on January 5, 2021 at 5:35 pm
“Identified gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies” that remain unresolved, have brought into question the true extent of the elimination of chemical weapons during Syria’s bloody conflict, the UN disarmament chief told the Security Council in her briefing on Tuesday.
Yemen: Fatal airport attack ‘potentially amounts to a war crime’ – UN envoy
on January 1, 2021 at 5:58 pm
On the last day of a year that has continued to brutalize the war-torn people of Yemen, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths condemned a “despicable attack” on the country’s newly formed government as they arrived at Aden airport on Wednesday.
Iran execution of child offender breaks international law: UN rights office
on December 31, 2020 at 4:07 pm
The execution of an Iranian man for a crime allegedly committed when he was 16 years old has been condemned by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and raised concerns over violations of his right to a fair trial.
Questions and answers about the UN mission to the SAFER oil tanker in Yemen
on December 30, 2020 at 9:34 pm
1. What is the SAFER oil tanker? SAFER is a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) oil vessel moored off Yemen’s west coast, approximately 8 kilometers (4.8 nautical miles) South West of the Ras Isa peninsula on the West coast of Yemen, permanently anchored at the same location for more than 30 years without any dry-docking or shipyard repairs.