GENEVA, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met U.S. and
Russian officials on Tuesday to discuss convening long-delayed
Syrian peace talks this year despite disputes over President
Bashar al-Assad’s future and whether his ally Iran can attend.
Hours earlier, Damascus reiterated that Assad will stay in
power come what may, casting doubt on the political transition
that is the main focus of the proposed “Geneva 2″ conference.
GENEVA, Nov 1 (Reuters) – The United Nations delivered food
to a record 3.3 million people in Syria in October, up from 2.7
million the previous month, but said on Friday civilians were
going hungry in besieged areas that remain inaccessible.
Embattled parts of Damascus and its rural areas, where
fighting has intensified, have not been reached for many months
and the nutritional state of those trapped is believed to have
deteriorated significantly, the World Food Programme (WFP) said.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Polio has broken out among young children in northeast Syria after probably originating in Pakistan and poses a threat to millions of children across the Middle East, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.
The crippling disease, which is caused by a virus transmitted via contaminated food and water, could spread especially fast in Syria, where civil war has led to falling vaccination rates.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Israel appeared before the main United Nations human rights body on Tuesday, ending a 20-month boycott of the Geneva forum which it accuses of bias against the Jewish state.
Eviatar Manor, Israel’s ambassador in Geneva, led its delegation to the session, held as part of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s examination of U.N. member states every four years.
GENEVA (Reuters) – A polio outbreak has been confirmed among young children in northeast Syria and risks spreading in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
Twenty-two children in Deir al-Zor province became paralyzed this month with acute flaccid paralysis, symptoms that can be caused by other diseases, and WHO’s laboratory in Tunis has now isolated the wild polio virus in samples taken from 10 victims.
GENEVA, Oct 24 (Reuters) – At least 22 people are suspected
of having polio in Syria, the first outbreak of the crippling
viral disease in 14 years, the World Health Organisation (WHO)
said on Thursday.
Most of those stricken with acute flaccid paralysis, a
symptom of diseases including polio, in Deir al-Zor province are
children under the age of two, WHO spokesman Oliver Rosenbauer
said. More than 100,000 children under the age of five are
deemed at risk of polio in the eastern province.
GENEVA (Reuters) – At least 22 people are now suspected of having polio in Syria, where health officials are scrambling to respond to the first outbreak of the crippling viral disease in 14 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.
Most of those stricken with acute flaccid paralysis – a symptom of diseases including polio – in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor are children under the age of two, WHO spokesman Oliver Rosenbauer said.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Mexico must rein in its security forces to stop them committing grave crimes against civilians, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council said on Wednesday.
At a hearing in Geneva, European and some Latin American countries were the most vocal in their criticism, and in demanding that Mexico thoroughly investigate all disappearances, particularly of women and migrants.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade called on the United States on Tuesday to widen an investigation into spying to include allegations that a U.S. government agency hacked former President Felipe Calderon’s public email account.
Mexico scolded Washington on Sunday after a German magazine reported that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) hacked Calderon’s public email account while he was president.
GENEVA/BEIJING, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Western countries accused
China on Tuesday of arresting activists, curbing Internet use
and suppressing ethnic minorities, as the United Nations
formally reviewed its rights record for the first time since Xi
Jinping became president.
Hours before the United Nations Human Rights Council, which
reviews all U.N. members every four years, began its session in
Geneva, Tibetan activists scaled the building and unfurled a
banner reading: “China fails human rights in Tibet – U.N. stand
up for Tibet”.