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UN rights wing ‘appalled’ at mass execution in Iraq

Expressing deep shock at a mass execution of 38 men at a prison in the Iraqi city of Nassiriya, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the country to establish an immediate moratorium and carry out an urgent and comprehensive review of its criminal justice system.

FEATURE: Seizing on global trend, Afghan women reporters empower voices against violence

In a year when the #metoo hashtag has inspired women across the globe to tell their personal tales of harassment and unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, a team of female television reporters in northern Afghanistan is promising to “leave no sister behind” by telling the often harrowing stories of Afghan women and girls trapped by abuse and gender-based violence.

‘Zero tolerance’ to sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff in South Sudan, underscores senior official

The relationship between United Nations peacekeepers and civilian staff and the vulnerable people in South Sudan they are working for must be one of mutual trust and confidence, said a senior UN official, noting that instances of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel not only breaks down that relationship, it also destroys the trust communities have in the Organization.

Remove physical and cultural barriers; build inclusive societies &#39for, by and with persons with disabilities&#39 &#8211 UN

Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development, and for the 2030 Agenda to truly live up to its promise to &#39leave no one behind,&#39 all physical and cultural barriers must be removed to create societies that provide real opportunities for everyone everywhere, the United Nations has said.

Conviction of Mladic, the &#39epitome of evil,&#39 a momentous victory for justice &#8211 UN rights chief

Welcoming today&#39s conviction of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic on multiple counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by a United Nations international tribunal, the Organization&#39s top human right official said that the verdict is &#8220a warning&#8221 to perpetrators of such crimes that they will be brought to justice.

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