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Top UN Whistleblower Resigns, Citing Impunity and Lack of Accountability

Top UN Whistleblower Resigns, Citing Impunity and Lack of Accountability

Anders Kompass quits after exposing sexual abuse by peacekeepers in Central African Republic UN whistleblower Anders Kompass, who exposed the sexual abuse of children by French and African peacekeepers in Central African Republic, is to resign in protest over what he sees as the organisation’s failure to hold its senior officials to account. “The complete […]

Humans Damaging The Environment Faster Than It Can Recover, UN Finds

Humans Damaging The Environment Faster Than It Can Recover, UN Finds

Degradation of the world’s natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planet’s ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is increasing globally, the most comprehensive environmental study ever undertaken by the UN has found. The study, which involved 1,203 scientists, hundreds of scientific institutions and more than 160 governments brought together […]

UN Condemns New 10-year Jail Sentence For Iranian Activist Narges Mohammadi

UN Condemns New 10-year Jail Sentence For Iranian Activist Narges Mohammadi

The international community has reacted with outrage after Narges Mohammadi, the ailing Iranian human rights activist already serving a six year jail term, was given a further 10-year sentence by a revolutionary court in Tehran. Mohammadi, 44, was found guilty of “establishing and running the illegal splinter group Legam”, a human rights movement that campaigns […]

Congo: Rape Capital of the World

Congo: Rape Capital of the World

A long path to equality In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an estimated 400,000 women are raped every year. The prevalence and intensity of sexual violence cannot be understated, and now, it appears that the failures of the international community to curb rape’s use by the various sides of the Congo Civil Wars has allowed […]

Panel On Women’s Economic Empowerment Holds First Meeting At UN

Panel On Women’s Economic Empowerment Holds First Meeting At UN

The High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment has held its inaugural meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women is underway this month. Addressing a room of prominent leaders from government, business, academia and civil society, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the group […]

Can A Bath Of Milk And Honey Replace Female Genital Mutilation?

Can A Bath Of Milk And Honey Replace Female Genital Mutilation?

At age 9, Nice Nailantei Leng’ete ran away from home so she wouldn’t have her genitalia cut as part of a coming­-of-­age ceremony. For her defiance, she was shunned by family and community. That was 16 years ago. The ritual cutting away of part or all of the external female genitalia continues in force around […]

‘Sometimes when I’m alone with my baby, I think about killing him. He reminds me of the man who raped me.’

‘Sometimes when I’m alone with my baby, I think about killing him. He reminds me of the man who raped me.’

The neighborhood is a patchwork of low-slung buildings scorched and looted at the height of the civil war, a place where the United Nations was supposed to come to the rescue. But in a number of homes, women and girls are raising babies they say are the children of U.N. troops who abused or exploited […]

Partnerships essential for sustainable development

Partnerships essential for sustainable development

Tehran – UN chief while emphasizing on partnerships, said sustainable development is only possible with the active engagement of governments, parliaments, employers, workers, civil society, the private sector and other agents of change. In his message on the World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2016, Ban Ki-moon said the day highlights the imperative of […]

UN Committee Urging Japan to Ban Sale of Games Portraying Sexual Violence Against Women

UN Committee Urging Japan to Ban Sale of Games Portraying Sexual Violence Against Women

Japan’s gaming industry produces a wide variety of content, and if you visit Akihabara in Tokyo, you’ll often find store with entire (and rated well guarded) floors dedicated to erotic games. Some of those titles often dabble, directly or indirectly, into an array of themes that are frowned upon by society. Years ago, Illusion’s Rapelay […]

Outlook for Syria peace talks still ‘cloudy’: U.N.

Outlook for Syria peace talks still ‘cloudy’: U.N.

The United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is very keen to hold a new round of peace talks after big powers agreed on a “cessation of hostilities”, a U.N. spokesman said on Friday, but plans to reconvene the negotiations were still “cloudy”. De Mistura abruptly suspended a first round of talks on Feb. 3, […]