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Aug 28, 2014

Islamic State commits war crimes, Syrian government using poison gas: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations accused Islamic State insurgents on Wednesday of committing war crimes including amputations and public executions, sometimes in the presence of children, and said it believed Damascus had used chlorine gas in combating its enemies.

The Sunni militants, who are bringing weapons from Iraq, have changed the power balance in Syria, consolidating control over large areas and establishing order by imposing harsh sharia law, the U.N. said in its latest report.

Aug 27, 2014

Islamic State commits war crimes, Syrian govt using poison gas – UN

GENEVA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The United Nations accused
Islamic State insurgents on Wednesday of committing war crimes
including amputations and public executions, sometimes in the
presence of children, and said it believed Damascus had used
chlorine gas in combating its enemies.

The Sunni militants, who are bringing weapons from Iraq,
have changed the power balance in Syria, consolidating control
over large areas and establishing order by imposing harsh sharia
law, the U.N. said in its latest report.

Aug 27, 2014

Islamic State and Syrian government committing war crimes: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Syrian government and Islamic State insurgents are both committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in their war against each other, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday.

Islamic State forces in northern Syria are waging a campaign to instill fear, including amputations, public executions and whippings, they said.

Aug 26, 2014

Wife of imprisoned aide to Egypt’s Mursi brings case to U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Canadian wife of an ex-aide to Egyptian Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, whose husband has been detained more than 400 days in solitary confinement, says she has brought a case to the United Nations this week, seeking support for his release.

Khaled al-Qazzaz, secretary to Mursi on foreign affairs, was arrested in July 2013 along with the elected president and eight other senior aides when Mursi was overthrown by the army. His wife, Sarah Attia, says his case is symptomatic of a broader malaise in Egyptian society.

Aug 26, 2014

WHO urges stiff regulatory curbs on e-cigarettes

GENEVA, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization
(WHO) on Tuesday called for regulation of electronic cigarettes
as as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to
minors.

In a long-awaited report that will be debated by member
states at a meeting in October in Moscow, the United Nations
health agency also voiced concern at the concentration of the $3
billion market in the hands of transnational tobacco companies.

Aug 25, 2014

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

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned “appalling, widespread” crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners and “ethnic and religious cleansing”.

The persecution of entire communities and systematic violations by the al-Qaeda offshoot, 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 25, 2014

U.N. accuses Islamic State of mass killings

GENEVA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The United Nations condemned on Monday “appalling, widespread” crimes by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners that could amount to war crimes.

U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay condemned “grave, horrific human rights violations” being committed by Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim group which has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West.

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.