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Iraqi forces reaching western Mosul marks the most dangerous phase for civilians

February 24, 2017 - In reaction to Iraqi forces reaching western Mosul, Jason Kajer, International Rescue Committee’s Iraq acting country director, said: “We are now...

Next gen, ‘lightning’ fast global communication network on track for 2020 entry – UN...

Feb. 24, 2017 - A working group of the United Nations agency which coordinates telecommunication operations and services throughout the world completed today a...

Israel: Human Rights Watch Denied Work Permit

JERUSALEM, Feb. 24, 2017 - Israeli authorities denied Human Rights Watch’s application for a work permit for its Israel and Palestine director on the...

G20 countries are breaking commitments to publish data that helps tackle corruption

Feb. 23, 2017 - Research published today by Transparency International and the Web Foundation finds that five key G20 countries are failing to meet...

Yemeni health system crumbles as millions risk malnutrition and diseases

AL-HUDAYAH, Yemen, Feb. 23, 2017 - “Hospital staff have not received their salaries for the past 5 months. There are acute shortages of certain...

‘Turn the tide on plastic’ urges UN, as microplastics in the seas now outnumber...

Feb. 23, 2017 - Launching an unprecedented global campaign, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is urging everyone to eliminate the use of microplastics...

Amnesty International Report: ‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

Feb. 22, 2017 - Politicians wielding a toxic, dehumanizing “us vs them” rhetoric are creating a more divided and dangerous world, warned Amnesty International...

South Sudan: Protracted Conflict at Root of Nutrition Crisis

JUBA, South Sudan, Feb. 21, 2017 - The protracted conflict in South Sudan's Mayendit and Leer counties is leading to extremely high levels of...

FAO/UNICEF/WFP call for urgent action to allow aid to reach people facing starvation in...

ROME, Feb. 21, 2017 - The latest food security analysis in South Sudan has led to a declaration of famine in Leer and Mayendit...

280 Organizations tell OceanaGold to Abandon Lost Suit Against El Salvador and “Pack Up...

Feb. 21, 2017 - Today, 280 organizations based in five continents sent a statement to the CEO and Board of Canadian-Australian company OceanaGold demanding that...

Famine hits parts of South Sudan

Juba February 20, 2017 - War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine...

Russia: Broken Promises for Investigations of Civilian Casualties in Syria

BEIRUT, Feb. 19, 2017 - The Russian government appears to be breaking its promises to investigate civilian casualties from airstrikes in Syria, Human Rights...

Human rights groups ask UN to investigate U.S. border policies on cell phones, social...

NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 16, 2017 -  More than two dozen human rights and civil liberties groups wrote to United Nations experts requesting a...

Chemicals Recognized as Human Endocrine Disruptors by EU

Brussels, February 17, 2017 – In a historic development, four synthetic chemicals - DEHP, DIBP, DBP and BBP - have been identified as endocrine...

New UN report reveals obstacles to combat impunity for conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine

Feb. 16, 2017 - Lack of laws, capacity and professional experience to effectively investigate and prosecute conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine is not only...

Shattered war economy encourages child marriage in Yemen

TAIZ, Feb. 16, 2017 - It’s impossible to get hard numbers, but child marriage appears to be on the rise in Yemen: a consequence...

Israel: New interactive documentary by B’Tselem offers virtual tour behind the invisible walls of...

February 16, 2017 - B’Tselem released a new interactive documentary entitled “The Invisible Walls of Occupation”. Viewers are invited on a virtual tour of...

UN: The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the...

Feb. 15, 2017 - The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard...

Ukraine: Activists ‘Disappeared’ in Separatist Territory

KYIV, Ukraine, Feb. 9, 2017 - А Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activist and another person have been missing since January 31,...

Luxembourg And WFP Sign New Partnership Agreement

ROME – Luxembourg and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a four-year agreement, confirming the long-standing partnership between the Grand Duchy...