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Aug 25, 2014

U.N. rights boss condemns ‘widespread’ Islamic State crimes

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned “appalling, widespread” crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including killings, slavery, sexual crimes and targeting people on ethnic or religious grounds.

The persecution and systematic violations, documented by U.N. human rights investigators, would amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes under international law, she said in a statement.

Aug 22, 2014

WHO warns of ‘shadow zones’ and unreported Ebola cases

GENEVA/MONROVIA (Reuters) – Families hiding infected loved ones and the existence of “shadow zones” where medics cannot go mean the West African Ebola epidemic is even bigger than thought, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Some 1,427 people have died among 2,615 known cases of the deadly virus in West Africa since the outbreak was first identified in March, according to new figures released by the WHO on Friday.

Aug 22, 2014

UN says Syria death toll tops 190,000, rights envoy raps world powers

GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 191,000 people were killed in the first three years of Syria’s civil war, a U.N. report said on Friday, and the world body’s human rights envoy rebuked leading powers for failing to halt what she branded a “wholly avoidable human catastrophe”.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said war crimes were still being committed with total impunity on all sides in the conflict, which began with initially peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule in March 2011.

Aug 22, 2014

WTO rules against Argentina in import restrictions case

GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A World Trade Organization dispute panel ruled against Argentina on Friday in a 2012 case brought by the United States, European Union and Japan against the South American country’s licensing rules used to restrict imports.

The three economic powers argued that Argentina did not automatically grant licenses to importers as required by WTO rules, allowing it to shield its vulnerable economy.

Aug 22, 2014

Documented death toll in Syria war at least 191,369 through April 2014: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – At least 191,369 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict through April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday.

The U.N. report, based on data from four groups and the government that were cross-checked, reflects a reality of killing and torture while the civil war has “dropped off the international radar”, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said.

Aug 21, 2014

Lack of leadership hurts Ebola fight in West Africa: MSF

GENEVA (Reuters) – Efforts to curb the deadly Ebola epidemic that swept across four West African states are being undermined by a lack of leadership and emergency management skills, the international head of Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday.

In an interview, Joanne Liu also said the world’s worst ever outbreak of Ebola has caused widespread panic and the collapse of health care systems particularly in Liberia, where pregnant women have lost babies while seeking a safe place to deliver.

Aug 19, 2014

Missouri racial violence recalls apartheid, U.N. rights chief says

GENEVA (Reuters) – Clashes between police and protesters in the U.S. town of Ferguson are reminiscent of the racial violence spawned by apartheid in her native South Africa, the top U.N. human rights official said on Tuesday.

Navi Pillay, who is due to step down at the end of the month after six years in the U.N. hotseat, urged U.S. authorities to investigate allegations of brutality and examine the “root causes” of racial discrimination in America.

Aug 19, 2014

Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200

MONROVIA/GENEVA (Reuters) – Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200.

The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy.

Aug 18, 2014

Liberia hunts escaped Ebola victims as WHO calls for controls

MONROVIA/GENEVA, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Liberia struggled on
Monday to track down 17 suspected Ebola carriers who fled
quarantine at the weekend, while the U.N. health agency urged
affected West African nations to screen all departures in a bid
to contain the worst outbreak of the virus.

In the Liberian capital Monrovia, police awaited a
consignment of protective equipment before redeploying to West
Point – a sprawling ocean-front shantytown – to reopen a
quarantine centre attacked by a rock-throwing crowd on Saturday,
allowing patients, who had been isolated, to get away.

Aug 16, 2014

Ebola-hit states plead for more help, WHO rebuked for slow response

GENEVA/FREETOWN, (Reuters) – Two West African nations and a medical charity fighting the world’s worst Ebola epidemic chided the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday for its slow response, saying more action was needed to save victims threatened by the disease and hunger.

With the death toll over 1,000 and still climbing, the U.N. health agency is facing questions over whether it moved quickly enough to declare the months-old outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”, which it did on Aug 8.