Nobel Laureate Betty Williams started her speech to a peace forum at the U.N. headquarters Thursday with perhaps the last thing the audience would expect her to say.
Cambodia’s garment industry is regularly plagued with strikes and protests. But when armed security forces opened fire on striking workers in the capital city of Phnom Penh on Jan. 3, killing five and injuring dozens, it suddenly became clear that this was not just another protest.
The scale and spread of humanitarian needs in the Philippines two months after Super Typhoon Haiyan is still “daunting,” the United Nations relief chief said Thursday, urging for more support for long-term recovery efforts.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a new law in Nigeria that further criminalises same-sex unions to be reviewed, saying its wide range of offences is in breach of fundamental human rights.
The United Nations refugee agency has cautioned Australian authorities about potential breaches of international obligations following reports of asylum-seeker boats being forced back to Indonesia.
A variety of deliberate attacks by terrorists and insurgents killed 58 persons working for the United Nations last year, a steep increase from previous years, new figures from the world body’s union showed Wednesday.
The United Nations’ human rights office has said it was alarmed by Cambodia’s police crackdown on protesters, and urged authorities to exercise restraint, following the deaths of several striking garment workers last week.