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Holocaust remembrance: beware ‘siren songs of hate’ – UN chief

In his speech, delivered at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Guterres recalled that, within months, the Nazis had dismantled fundamental constitutional rights and paved the way for totalitarian rule: members of parliament were arrested, freedom of the press was abolished, and the first concentration camp was built, in Dachau. The antisemitism of the Nazis became government policy, followed by… Read More
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Closure of Moscow Helsinki Group, ‘yet another blow to human rights’ in Russia: OHCHR

Maria Hurtado said in a statement that the judgement was just the latest “in a series of actions against civil society”, journalists, other media and opposition groups and human rights defenders. MHG was founded in 1976 by well-known dissidents and reported on human rights violations in the former Soviet Union (USSR) and later the Russian Federation, she noted. It’s named… Read More
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Odesa added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List amid threats of destruction

This decision recognizes the outstanding universal value of the site and the duty of all humanity to protect it. ‘Reinforced protection’ “Odesa, a free city, a world city, a legendary port that has left its mark on cinema, literature and the arts, is thus placed under the reinforced protection of the international community,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO. “While… Read More
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Ukraine war disrupts education for more than five million children: UNICEF

The impact of the conflict only compounds the two years of education lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and more than eight years of war for children in the east of the country.  UNICEF issued the appeal on the International Day of Education, which is marked annually on 24 January.  No ‘pause button’  Schools provide a crucial sense of structure… Read More
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UN refugee chief praises Moldova for opening the country to Ukrainians fleeing war

“The Moldovan people and Government have shown remarkable solidarity with refugees since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began nearly one year ago”, Filippo Grandi told the media during his visit to the country. “This support was visible from the first days and weeks of the war, when tens of thousands of refugees – mainly women and children – fled Ukraine… Read More
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Ukraine: UN aid reaches Soledar as IAEA boosts safety measures at nuclear sites

Jens Laerke from UN aid coordinating office, OCHA, said that three trucks had been granted access to areas under Ukrainian Government control just a few kilometres from the heavily disputed city in the Donbas region, which has been an intense battleground, as Russian forces seek to advance on the strategically important town of Bakhmut. He told journalists at Friday’s briefing… Read More
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Northern Ireland: UK ‘immunity’ legislation could hamper victims’ rights, warns Türk

The High Commissioner for Human Rights acknowledged on Thursday that addressing the violent legacy of intercommunal relations in Northern Ireland from the 1960s to the 1990s was “hugely complex and sensitive”. ‘Conditional immunity’ But he warned against plans to give conditional immunity from investigation and prosecution to those accused of serious human rights violations and other international crimes, other than sexual offences.… Read More
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UN aims to boost aid to frontline areas of Ukraine; Black Sea grain exports near 18 million tonnes

The UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, said in a press release that a seven-truck convoy had reached Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region – just five kilometres from the Russian border. “This community has been heavily impacted by months of hostilities and the 4,500 people who remain there depend on humanitarian aid to meet their needs.” The convoy supplied hygiene kits,… Read More
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Security Council: UN rights official raises concerns over Ukraine religious freedoms

The theme of the Council meeting briefing on Ukraine came under the “Threats to International Peace and Security” agenda item. It was requested by Russia’s Permanent Representative, Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia, during an earlier Council meeting on 13 January, during which Mr. Nebenzia alleged that Ukraine is attempting to “destroy” the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is canonically linked to the Moscow… Read More
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Ukraine: Civilian attacks ‘must end immediately’ says UN, as search for Dnipro survivors continues

Associate Spokesperson Stephanie Tremblay told Monday’s regular briefing for correspondents in New York that António Guterres had condemned Saturday evening’s missile strike adding that it was “another example of a suspected violation of the laws of war.” Violation of international law In a statement issued later in the day, the Spokesperson reiterated that “attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, violate… Read More