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Stephanie Nebehay

Calls grow for U.N. action on China's Muslim 're-education camps'

19 Sep 2018

GENEVA France and Germany have called on China to close "re-education camps" in its restive far western region of Xinjiang where up to one million Uighurs and other Muslims are thought to be held for political indoctrination as pressure grows for UN action.

Democratic transition in Myanmar 'at standstill' - U.N. rights panel

18 Sep 2018

GENEVA Myanmar's democratic transition has ground to a standstill as authorities seek to silence critics while allowing hate speech, particularly against Muslim Rohingya, the head of the U.N. human rights mission said on Tuesday.

Chinese official says China is educating, not mistreating, Muslims

13 Sep 2018

GENEVA China is not mistreating Muslims in Xinjiang province but is putting some people through training courses to avoid extremism spreading, unlike Europe, which had failed to deal with the problem, a Chinese official told reporters on Thursday.

U.N. shares locations of Idlib hospitals and schools, hoping to protect them

13 Sep 2018

GENEVA U.N. officials have notified Russia, Turkey and the United States of the GPS coordinates of 235 schools, hospitals and other civilian sites in the Syrian province of Idlib, in the hope the move will help protect them from being attacked.

U.N. documents further Syrian government use of banned chemical weapons

12 Sep 2018

GENEVA U.N. investigators said on Wednesday that they had documented three further uses of banned chlorine weapons by Syrian government forces that constituted war crimes, and urged major powers to help avert a "massacre" in the final battle for Idlib.

U.N. war crimes team documents further Syrian govt. use of banned chlorine

12 Sep 2018

* Brings to 39 the total known chemical attacks - official says

Afghans need asylum, all should not bear blame for few crimes in Europe - U.N.

10 Sep 2018

GENEVA European countries must not rush to repatriate Afghan refugees to their increasingly insecure homeland or blame their community for isolated crimes such as recent deadly attacks in Germany and in France, the top U.N. refugee official said on Monday.

U.N. rights chief Bachelet takes on China, other powers in first speech

10 Sep 2018

GENEVA U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on China on Monday to allow in monitors after "deeply disturbing" allegations of large re-education camps in which Uighurs are detained in Xinjiang province.

U.N.'s Bachelet presses for new body on crimes against Myanmar Rohingya

10 Sep 2018

GENEVA United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Monday for a new quasi-judicial body to collect evidence with a view to future prosecution of crimes against Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar including murder and torture.

Yemen peace talks collapse in Geneva after Houthi no-show

08 Sep 2018

GENEVA An attempt to hold peace talks for Yemen was abandoned on Saturday after three days of waiting for the Houthi movement's delegation, but the United Nations envoy vowed to press ahead with diplomacy. | Video

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