The United Nations human rights chief today described the latest reports of sexual exploitation and abuse in the Central African Republic as "sickening," calling for a thorough investigation into alleged conducts by UN and French troops, as well as local armed groups.
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SANA'A, Yemen - Aisha* was raised in a one room apartment adjacent to her father's grocery shop in a small town 100 kilometres from Sana'a, Yemen's capital. Shortly after she turned 12, her father introduced her to a 60-year-old man and informed her that the man had paid to marry her.
The United Nations rights chief today welcomed the judgement delivered by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the case of Jean-Pierre Bemba, a Congolese national found guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including rape, murder and pillage, committed in 2002 and 2003 in the Central African Republic (CAR).
Dubbed by the press as "the man who mends women," Dr. Mukwege has gained international recognition for his work and earned many prestigious distinctions, including the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 2008 and the Sakharov prize in 2014. At 59, he has also been shortlisted several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Three of the world's worst humanitarian crises in the world are in the Arab Region. Five of the countries in the regions-Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Palestine-are going through open or protracted conflicts. Many more countries are dealing with the consequences of these conflicts with a constant influx of refugees and an alarming rise of violent extremism.
Top United Nations officials today called on leaders to attend the World Humanitarian Summit in May and make concrete commitments to enhance gender equality, as women and girls are "central" to humanitarian action.
While the gender ratio between female and male diplomats at the United Nations is becoming more balanced overall, the number of women ambassadors in the Security Council has fallen from its peak of six women in 2014 to four in 2015 to just one this year.
“The soldiers broke my marriage,” a woman from Guatemala said. “They burned everything we had. We had nowhere to go. When we finished our shifts at the base, we were forced to provide food for the soldiers, to make tortillas and wash uniforms. For six years.”
A new United Nations report on the human rights situation in South Sudan published today describes a multitude of horrendous violations in "searing detail," in particular by Government forces, including cases of civilians burned alive or cut to pieces and a teenage girl being raped by ten soldiers.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today presented to the Security Council special measures aimed at ending impunity, helping and supporting victims, and strengthening accountability as part of a more effective collective response to sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations personnel. "I am determined that the United Nations must least by example.