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Death sentence for Ukraine foreign fighters is a war crime: UN rights office

The three men – Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, and Moroccan Saaudun Brahim – were captured while fighting for Ukraine, reportedly defending the southern port city of Mariupol. Bitter fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces since the Russian invasion on 24 February flattened the city, where UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has previously condemned attacks against civilians and civilian… Read More
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Ukraine: WFP teams up with Uber, in boost for pinpoint aid deliveries

With conventional aid trucks or other large vehicles unable to access some of those in need in built up areas, the ridesharing and delivery app has developed a new custom-built version of its online platform, “which allows WFP to better coordinate, dispatch and track a fleet of smaller vehicles delivering relief items from warehouses”, the agency said, in a press release. Live tracking… Read More
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UN and Tajikistan reaffirm ‘strong partnership’ in new cooperation agreement 

The joint UN-Tajikistan document, which was signed on Tuesday by Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda and UN Resident Coordinator Sezin Sinanoglu, sets out national development priorities and goals for the next four years.  “This Cooperation Framework has ambitious aims to improve the lives of people in Tajikistan and create equal opportunities for each person to realize her or his human rights… Read More
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Reports of sexual violence in Ukraine rising fast, Security Council hears

Pramila Patten, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, recalled her recent visit to Ukraine and outlined the elements of a recently signed Framework of Cooperation on the Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, which seeks to strengthen accountability and combat those abhorrent crimes. “Too often have the needs of women and girls in conflict settings been side-lined… Read More
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Ukraine: After 100 days of war, UN works to free up vital food and fertilizer exports

Amin Awad, UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine, confirmed that the Organization was making every effort to secure the release of grain stuck in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports. Equally important for the world’s farmers is a secure supply of fertilizer from Russia, a major world producer. Leading the discussions are top UN officials Martin Griffiths – the Organization’s Emergency Relief Coordinator… Read More
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Interview: ‘Any way you look at it, wars are evil’, UN Ukraine Crisis chief

UN News: The Russian war in Ukraine has reached a tragic milestone. Are there any hopes that this war will end anytime soon? Amin Awad: “There is optimism that the war will end, because neither Ukraine nor Russia can afford it. Ukraine is suffering from the loss of life, the destruction of hospitals, schools, homes, railway stations and tracks, and the… Read More
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Ukraine: At least two children killed in war every day, says UNICEF

Highlighting the devastating and lasting consequences of the war on millions of the country’s youngsters, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, maintained that most of the victims were from “attacks using explosive weapons in populated areas”, a claim supported by the UN human rights office, OHCHR. “1 June is International Day for the Protection of Children in #Ukraine & across the region.… Read More
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Ukraine: ‘Perfect storm’ threatens economic devastation in developing world

UN Secretary-General António Guterres was speaking in Sweden alongside Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, where he is attending the Stockholm+50 conference, which he described as “a crucial opportunity to bolster our response to the triple planetary emergency of climate disruption, pollution and biodiversity loss.” ‘Practical steps’ Mr. Guterres said the UN remained “intensely focused on practical steps to save lives and… Read More
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Ukrainian refugees arrive in Poland ‘in a state of distress and anxiety’

“Poland remains the main country of arrival for refugees from Ukraine,” UNHCR spokesperson Olga Sarrado told journalists at a regular press briefing in Geneva. And while the pace has slowed in comparison to early March – when over 100,000 people were arriving per day – May has continued to witness around 20,000 daily arrivals. Vulnerable refugees Although more people are going… Read More
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Cultural destruction in Ukraine by Russian forces will reverberate for years, UN rights expert warns

“As in other conflicts, we currently witness the unfolding of suffering in Ukraine that does not seem to end and we cannot stop,” said Alexandra Xanthaki, Special Rapporteur on cultural rights. “The questioning and denial of the Ukrainian identity and history as a justification for war, is a violation of the Ukrainians’ right to self-determination and their cultural rights. “Self-identification… Read More