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On first visit, UN rights chief urges Morocco to expedite pending laws

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Morocco has made great strides towards the better promotion and protection of human rights, United Nations High Commissioner Navi Pillay said at the end of her first official visit to the country, but urged officials to approve pending draft laws and more robustly implement and enforce new legislation.

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Central African Republic: Ban deplores recent attacks, urges end to ‘cycle of violence’

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned recent attacks in the Central African Republic (CAR) and encouraged the country’s Transitional Authority to do everything within its means to prevent further violence and to hold the perpetrators to account.

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Security Council extends UN missions in Abyei, Guinea-Bissau, Somalia

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The Security Council today extended the United Nations peacekeeping force in Abyei – an area contested by Sudan and South Sudan – as well as the missions assisting Guinea-Bissau and Somalia with their efforts to advance stability, security and development.

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UN agencies welcome African-led push to end child marriage

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Two United Nations agencies today welcomed the first campaign by the African Union to end child marriage, a practice that robs over 17 million girls – 1 in 3 – across the continent of their youth.

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UNESCO voices concern over killing of newspaper editor in Libya

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The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today voiced deep concern over the killing of newspaper editor Meftah Bouzid in Libya earlier this week.

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Tens of thousands more South Sudanese have fled fighting following truce – UN agency

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Posted by admin 151 days ago (http://www.un.org)
Some 70,000 more people have fled their homes in South Sudan since a 9 May agreement was signed to end the fighting that has ravaged the world’s youngest nation for over six months, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

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Mali: with northern rebel ceasefire holding, UN agencies scale up relief measures

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A ceasefire agreed between the Government and three rebel groups in restive northern Mali appears to be holding, the United Nations reported today, warning however that recent deadly violence in the flashpoint city of Kidal has displaced some 4,000 people who now desperately need food, water and other necessities.

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UN and international partners call for resolution of Somali political crisis

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The United Nations, the European Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today issued a joint appeal for a resolution of the political crisis in Somalia, adding that they stand ready to hold to account anyone who poses an obstacle to progress in the Horn of Africa nation.

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