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Atrocities by Syrian government forces and non-State armed groups continue to take place, causing suffering to civilians and affecting international peace and stability, says a UN-appointed panel.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza and expressed hopes for a political process towards a durable peace.
The UN has cautioned against flight restrictions into and out of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, saying limitations prevent the transport of critically-needed health workers and supplies.
The UN has confirmed that an American freelance journalist, reportedly held captive for nearly two years by militants in Syria, was freed on 24 August and handed over to UN peacekeepers.
Two senior UN officials have condemned the “barbaric acts” of sexual violence and “savage rapes” the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Iraqi security forces not to intervene in the country’s political process amid heightened tensions and the threat from the Islamic State.
The UNHRC has appointed three members to its independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in Israel Palestine.
A United Nations-backed court has found the two most senior surviving leaders of Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced them to life in prison.
Royal Dutch Shell faces heavy criticism that it has turned its back on the victims of human rights and environmental abuse caused by the company, despite UN pressure for urgent remedial measures.
The UN Secretary-General has urged Israelis and Palestinians to stop fighting now, “in the name of humanity” and agree a ceasefire, allowing delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip.