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Gazans reeling from closed hospitals, malnutrition and heat risks, warns UN health agency

In Gaza, overwhelmed hospitals, soaring temperatures, hunger and a lack of even basic sanitation present an ever more deadly threat to a population under constant attack, UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday. Briefing journalists in Geneva, UN World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said that according to the enclave’s health authorities, 34 people have died […]

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Nigel Farage, Greens and 72 Liberal Democrats: inside Britain’s new multi-party parliament

Louise Thompson, University of Manchester Aside from Labour’s landslide victory, the other big story of the 2024 election is the fragmentation of the British parliament and the rise of smaller parties at the expense of the Conservatives. While polls predicted a total wipeout for the Conservatives, they will at least be relieved to know they […]

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Gaza is more than two million stories of loss: UN agencies

Gaza is “a world of devastation” and still in the grip of war after nearly nine months of conflict, UN humanitarians just back from the enclave reported on Friday, as they described widespread destruction and stories of pregnant mothers forced to request preterm C-sections out of desperation and fear. “The population has been almost entirely dispossessed of […]

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‘World cannot afford Lebanon to become another Gaza’: Guterres

The UN Secretary-General on Friday voiced profound concern over escalating violence and “bellicose rhetoric” between Israel and Hezbollah militants across the frontier with Lebanon, warning that one false move could trigger a catastrophe for the whole region and beyond. The situation along the Blue Line, the demarcation between Israeli and Lebanese armed forces, has been […]

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High Commissioner for Human Rights Says Myanmar is Being Suffocated by an Illegitimate Military Regime

June 18, 2024 - The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on his report on Myanmar, hearing that Myanmar was being suffocated by an illegitimate military regime, and of stories of horrific war tactics and brutal atrocity crimes. Volker Türk, High Commissioner for […]

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Taliban assault on women’s rights continues in Afghanistan

It has been almost three years since the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan and women’s rights continue to be under attack.   On Thursday, UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) spokesperson Liz Throssell revealed that in its latest act of disempowerment, de facto authorities have told women civil servants prohibited from working that despite qualifications or experience, […]

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Latest massacres in Gaza's Middle Area illustrate complete disregard for Palestinian lives

NEW YORK/JERUSALEM, June 11, 2024 — Since the beginning of June, more than 800 people have been killed and over 2,400 wounded in intense bombing and ground offensives by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, according to health authorities. The recent horrific attacks in Gaza’s Middle Area have led to unacceptable pain and suffering and […]

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There is an exit off ‘the highway to climate hell’, Guterres insists

“It’s climate crunch time” when it comes to tackling rising carbon emissions the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday, stressing that while the need for global action is unprecedented, so too are the opportunities for prosperity and sustainable development. Choosing the iconic Family Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History in New York to deliver his […]

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Türk condemns over 500 West Bank killings, calls for accountability

GENEVA (June 45, 2024) – UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk tissued a renewed call for an end to the sharp rise in deadly violence in the occupied West Bank since 7 October, and urged accountability for the killing of over 500 Palestinians by Israeli Security Forces (ISF) and settlers. On Saturday, 1 June, Israeli […]

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Sudan: Hospitals in El Fasher hit as fighting continues

May 28, 2024—Hospitals have been hit and the death toll is soaring as violent fighting engulfs El Fasher, Sudan, leaving nowhere safe in the city. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) renews its urgent call for the protection of civilians, health workers, and health structures. The intense, non-stop fighting in El Fasher, Sudan, leaves no […]

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The Elders warn that failures of political leadership risk collapse of international order

Statement: The world stands on the edge of a precipice. The foundations of international law and multilateral cooperation are at serious risk of collapse due to cumulative failures of political leadership. We face the most perilous moment since the Second World War. The United Nations and other institutions created to promote the stability and accountability that […]

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IRC appalled by escalating Israeli hostilities against civilians in Rafah - a so-called safe zone in Gaza

Amman, Jordan, May 28, 2024 — The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is horrified by the multiple Israeli air strikes and bombardment that have so far killed at least 60 Palestinians and injured dozens more, including women and children, in Rafah. These attacks have resulted in the largest number of casualties since the Rafah incursion began and […]

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Deep concerns over ‘inhuman’ detention of Gazans by Israeli authorities

Amid further reported bombardment of Gaza overnight into Tuesday, UN and partner organizations have expressed deep concern over the “inhuman” detention of suspected Palestinian fighters in the enclave by Israeli authorities, alleging treatment so poor that some had to have limbs amputated “due to prolonged shackling”. In a new report on the situation in Gaza for May […]

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Despite two decades of concerted action, wildlife trafficking persists worldwide with more than 4,000 species affected

Vienna, May 13, 2024 - The UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) new World Wildlife Crime Report finds that – despite positive signs in reducing trafficking impacts for some iconic species like elephants and rhinoceros – wildlife trafficking overall has not been substantially reduced over two decades. More consistent enforcement to tackle both supply and demand, […]

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