As the civil war in Yemen continues, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country has called on all the fighting fraction to abide by international laws of war and  protect civilians’ lives. "I ask them to adhere to the principles of distinction between civilians and combatants and proportionality...
Myanmar and United Nations agencies have signed a major agreement that would pave the way for the eventual return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled the country since conflict broke out last year in the North Rakhine state. Under the memorandum of understanding, officially signed by...
The UN General Assembly adopted, on Wedneday, a resolution that called for greater protection for Palestinians and deplored any use of “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate” force by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians. The Arab sponsored resolution was adopted by a vote of 120 in favour and 8 against. Protests against years-long...
Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood, King's College London Sometime in the next year or two, Nigeria will become the seventh country to reach a population of 200m or more. It is still growing considerably faster than all other nations towards the top of the list and, by 2050, the UN expects Nigeria to...
The International Criminal Court has announced a preliminary investigation into the Rohingya ethnic minority crisis in Myanmar, before deciding on launching a full-scale investigation. The investigation will look into violation of fundamental rights, killing, sexual violence, enforced disappearance, destruction and looting of the Muslim minority group, over 700,000 members of...
The first peace talks between the fighting factions in Yemen will begin in Geneva on September 9, the United Nations' Special envoy Martin Griffiths has informed the UN Security Council. The announcement comes as a significant breakthrough as the war continues in the middle-eastern country, causing over 10,000 deaths and displacement...
As fighting continues between rebels and the pro-government forces in Yemen's Hudaydah, international agencies have appealed to the warring parties not to target or occupy any civilian sites – including Al Thawrah Hospital. “Hostilities over the last several weeks in Hudaydah have taken a steep toll, including on health facilities directly damaged...
Over 2.6 million migrants were smuggled during 2016, with the smugglers generating an income of up to $7 billion through this illegal activity, said the first Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants, released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday. Refugees, desperately looking for safe destinations...
Over 15,500 children were victims of killing and maiming, recruitment and use, and denial of humanitarian access in 2016, says a UN report. Mainly from conflict ridden countries such as Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, these children had to face such...
A new film by campaigners against the use of robots and Artificial Intelligence for warfare portrays scary scenarios of attacks by autonomous weapons, and it could grievously impact world peace. The video by leading Ban Lethal Autonomous Weapons calls for a preemptive ban on the technology to prevent development of...

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