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UN commission releases report on human rights situation in Syria from Jan-June, 1M Syrians displaced internally By Merve Aydogan ANKARA (BT) – Unprecedented levels of internal displacement took place in Syria this year, a UN commission said Wednesday. In a 24-page report, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria highlighted the deteriorating human rights […]

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 Staffan de Mistura to meet senior officials from guarantor countries of Astana process on Sept. 10 GENEVA  – UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will meet senior officials from Turkey, Russia, and Iran to establish a Syrian constitutional committee on Monday. Efforts to establish a constitutional committee, which was agreed during the Syrian […]

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Rohingya in good health but exhausted, Malaysian naval chief says By Adem Salvarcioglu The Burma Times – A boat carrying 56 Rohingya refugees reached Malaysian waters Tuesday, the country’s naval chief said. The Rohingya, who escaped persecution in Myanmar, included 19 women, 20 children, and 17 men. Adm. Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin told local media outlets that after the boat was intercepted, […]

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UN assistant secretary-general for human rights concludes 4-day visit to Bangladesh By Fatih Erel GENEVA (AA) – The UN assistant secretary-general for human rights on Tuesday decried the continued “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state and warned of a potential “genocide”. “Ultimately, the world cannot allow the authors of this brutal case of […]

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 Deputy foreign minister says Turkey is using right to self-defense enshrined in UN charter By Fatih Erel GENEVA – Turkish deputy foreign minister on Wednesday described Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin as a legitimate use of the right to self-defense, which is enshrined in the UN charter. “Mounting threats, acts of terrorism […]

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UNITED NATIONS — A top UN official recounted to the Security Council on Tuesday “heartbreaking and horrific accounts of sexual atrocities” by Myanmar soldiers against Rohingya Muslim women, urging the body to visit the region and demand an end to attacks on civilians. Pramila Patten, special envoy of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on sexual violence in conflict, said one […]

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