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UN calls for empowerment of women with autism

Autism Day

On World Autism Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has joined the global call to empower women and girls with autism and involve them and their advocates in policy and decision-making to address the challenges they face.“They face […] barriers to accessing education and employment on an equal footing with others, denial of their reproductive rights and the freedom ...

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Turkey’s 18-month state of emergency causing gross human rights abuses – UN

The United Nations on Tuesday Match 20, 2018, called on Turkey to end its 18-month-old state of emergency, saying that the routine extension of emergency powers has resulted in “profound” human rights violations against hundreds of thousands of people and may have lasting impact on the country’s socio-economic fabric. “One of the most alarming findings of the report […] is ...

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Facebook has turned into a beast in Myanmar – UN

Myanmar

UN investigators have accused Facebook of playing a “determining role” in stirring up hatred against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. One of the team probing possible acts of genocide said Facebook had “turned into a beast.” About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar’s military launched an operation in August against “insurgents” in Rakhine state. Facebook has said there is ...

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Putin ordered plane to be shot down in 2014

Russia’s President Putin ordered the shooting down of a passenger plane that was reportedly carrying a bomb and targeting the opening of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, he says in a new film. In the two-hour film, posted online, Mr Putin says he was told a plane from Ukraine to Turkey had been hijacked as the Games were about to ...

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UN suspects ‘acts of genocide’ against Rohingya in Myanmar

Rohingya

The United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday that he strongly suspected that “acts of genocide” may have taken place against Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state since August. Reports of bulldozing of alleged mass graves showed a “deliberate attempt by the authorities to destroy evidence of potential international crimes, including possible crimes against humanity,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein ...

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Child marriages declining – UN

There has been a significant drop in the number of child marriages worldwide, the United Nations children’s agency says. Unicef estimates that 25 million child marriages have been prevented in the past decade. One in five girls are now married before they are 18, compared with one in four a decade ago. South Asian countries have seen the biggest reduction ...

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Sexual misconduct by peacekeepers: We’ll cooperate with UN probe – Police

The Police Administration has said it will cooperate fully with UN investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct against some members of a Ghanaian police unit working with the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. The Police Administration has also requested the UN to allow it to send a three-man team to also look into the claims. In a statement released after ...

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Okyeame Kwame unveiled as ambassador for climate change

Ghanaian musician, Kwame Nsiah-Apau was popularly known as Okyeame Kwame has been appointed as an ambassador for the Dedicated Grand Mechanism (DGM) campaign on climate change. The announcement was made at Solidaridad office at East Legon on 24th January, 2018. In becoming the ambassador for the climate change initiative, Kwame will help drum home the impact of the climate change.  He ...

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African Ambassadors to UN demand apology from Trump

The African Group of Ambassadors to the United Nations is demanding a retraction and apology from United States President, Donald Trump after he allegedly called African nations “shithole countries”. In a statement released after an emergency session, the group said it was “extremely appalled at and strongly condemns the outrageous racist and xenophobic remarks attributed to the president of the ...

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Iran protests: Russia berates US for UN talks on ‘internal affair’

Russia has fiercely criticised the US for convening the UN Security Council over protests in Iran. Russia’s envoy Vassily Nebenzia said involving the council in an “internal affair” damaged the top UN body. Minutes earlier, US Ambassador Nikki Haley praised the protests as a “powerful exhibition of brave people”. Iran’s ambassador said the US was abusing its power as a ...

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