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Sep 15, 2015

Russia, Angola, Venezuela oppose further South Sudan sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia, Angola and Venezuela objected on Tuesday to a U.S. bid to impose United Nations Security Council sanctions on South Sudan’s army chief and a rebel commander for their roles in the country’s more than 20-month conflict, diplomats said.

South Sudan plunged into civil war in December 2013 when a political crisis sparked fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy Riek Machar. The conflict reopened ethnic fault lines that pit Kiir’s Dinka against Machar’s ethnic Nuer forces.

Aug 31, 2015
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Gay men tell UN Security Council of being Islamic State targets


(Gay Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas speaks at a news conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Syrian refugee Subhi Nahas watched in fear as the al Qaeda-linked group Nusra Front took over his home town of Idlib and began torturing and executing men suspected of being gay. Then, with the rise of Islamic State, came videos of gay men being hurled from buildings.

Aug 25, 2015

South Sudan soldiers raped children, burned people alive: U.N. experts

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – South Sudanese soldiers raped children, burned people alive in their homes and hunted others for days in swamps in an increasingly brutal war the government had hoped to win with an emergency $850 million military budget, U.N. experts said.

A panel of experts who monitor United Nations sanctions on South Sudan obtained a copy of the emergency budget for January to July 2014, but warned in a report made public on Tuesday that it did not mean South Sudan had acquired everything it wanted.

Aug 20, 2015

U.S. proposes United Nations arms embargo on South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The United States
proposed on Wednesday implementing a United Nations arms embargo
on South Sudan and further targeted sanctions from Sept. 6
unless President Salva Kiir signs a peace deal to end the
country’s 20-month conflict.

According to a draft resolution circulated to the U.N.
Security Council – and seen by Reuters – if U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reports before Sept. 6 that both
parties have signed the deal and implemented a ceasefire then
the arms embargo and further targeted sanctions would not be

Aug 19, 2015

U.N. says air strikes on Yemen port could worsen aid crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations aid chief Stephen O’Brien said on Wednesday that air strikes by Saudi-led coalition airplanes on Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeida were unacceptable and could worsen the country’s humanitarian crisis.

Hodeida, controlled by Iranian-allied Houthi forces, has become a focal point of efforts to resupply the impoverished Arab state, battered by five months of war that has killed over 4,300 people.

Aug 19, 2015

U.S. to propose U.N. arms embargo on S.Sudan – diplomat

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The United States will
propose on Wednesday implementing a United Nations arms embargo
on South Sudan and further targeted sanctions from Sept. 1
unless President Salva Kiir signs a peace deal to end a 20-month
conflict, a diplomat said.

A draft resolution was due to be circulated to the 15
members of the U.N. Security Council shortly, the diplomat said,
speaking on condition of anonymity, adding that the plan was to
vote on the text before the end of the month.

Aug 19, 2015

U.N.’s Central Africa force hit by new allegations of rape

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations’ troubled peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic has been hit with new allegations of rape by peacekeepers, including one underage victim, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Last week the head of the Central African Republic (CAR) mission, known as MINUSCA, was sacked after a series of allegations of sexual abuse and excessive use of force by peacekeepers. MINUSCA chief Babacar Gaye was replaced by Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, who was named the mission’s acting chief.

Aug 13, 2015

U.N. Security Council to meet on Islamic State gay attacks

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Two men, one Iraqi and
one Syrian, targeted by Islamic State for being gay will brief
the United Nations Security Council on their experience as part
of a bid by the United States and Chile to draw attention to the
“brutal attacks” by the militant group.

Islamic State has declared a caliphate in swathes of
territory it has seized across Iraq and Syria. The United
Nations and rights groups say the militants rape and kill women,
recruit child soldiers and attack religious minorities.

Aug 12, 2015

Head of scandal-hit U.N. Central Africa force resigns: U.N. chief

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic has resigned after a fresh round of allegations of sexual abuse and excessive use of force by peacekeepers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday.

“Today I have accepted the resignation of my special representative Mr. Babacar Gaye, head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA,” Ban told reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Aug 11, 2015

No automatic return of sanctions if Iran breaks arms embargo: Kerry

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Violations of an arms embargo by Iran or restrictions on its missile program would not force an automatic reinstatement or “snapback” of United Nations sanctions under a landmark nuclear deal, although other options would be available, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

“The arms embargo is not tied to snapback,” Kerry said. “It is tied to a separate set of obligations. So they are not in material breach of the nuclear agreement for violating the arms piece of it.”

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