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April 18, 2018
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Gunfire at Syrian investigation site delays chemical weapons experts
A United Nations security team assessing the situation in the Syrian town of Douma has taken gunfire, which has delayed the arrival of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons until the area is secure. Officials in France and the US say the delay could be used to impede the investigation.
Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (4/18),  Newstalk (Ireland) (4/18),  The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content)/The Associated Press (4/17),  Xinhua News Agency (China) (4/17) 
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UN rights committee urges Maldives to let former president stand for office
The United Nations Human Rights Committee is urging the Maldives to allow former President Mohamed Nasheed to run for office again, noting Nasheed's right to a fair trial was violated when he was convicted of terrorism. The Maldives government denies Nasheed's rights were violated and is upholding a ruling that bars him from running in presidential elections for 16 years.
Jurist (4/16),  U.S. News & World Report/Reuters (4/16) 
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UNHCR: Migrants, asylum-seekers face abuse, assault in Yemen
Migrants and asylum-seekers fleeing Somalia and Ethiopia are facing physical and sexual assault in Yemeni detention centers, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The agency says that despite warnings of the dangers, some 87,000 people arrived in Yemen last year, and the same number is expected this year.
Voice of America (4/17),  Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (4/17) 
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Women & Girls
UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict warns stigma is deadly
The stigma and discrimination faced by women and girls who have experienced sexual slavery, rape, pregnancy, abortion or forced marriage can have deadly consequences including suicide, honor killings, untreated diseases and high-risk behaviors, warns Pramila Patten, United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict.
PassBlue (4/16) 
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Climate and Energy
UNHCR races against monsoon season in Bangladesh
Weather experts are warning that heavy rain and windstorms in Bangladesh could devastate camps that house Rohingya refugees. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is urging the government of Bangladesh to allocate flat land in less threatened areas for new camps.
Voice of America (4/17) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN envoy says reports of military movement threaten Yemen's hope of peace
Unconfirmed reports of a military buildup in Yemen's al-Hodeida port could damage the country's chance at peace if they are true, warns United Nations envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths. Griffiths told the UN Security Council this week that he would have a new peace plan ready in the next two months but warned that any escalation in the region would hamper that effort.
Voice of America (4/17),  The Jordan Times/Agence France-Presse (4/17) 
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Chile applauded for commitment to tackling statelessness
UN News Centre (4/17) 
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"Myanmar Armed Forces Blacklisted By UN For Committing Sexual Violence Against Rohingya"
UN Dispatch (4/17) 
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