Members of the United Nations Security Council met behind closed doors on Friday to discuss India's decision to revoke Kashmir's special status and its subsequent crackdown on Kashmiri residents. The Chinese envoy to the UN says Security Council members believe both India and Pakistan must refrain from unilateral action in Kashmir, but the group did not reach a consensus on issuing a statement.
Iran reportedly executed 253 people last year, including seven children, and continues to violate residents' rights to life, liberty and a fair trial, says United Nations human rights expert Javaid Rehman. Iran applies the death penalty to more than 80 offenses, including many which are not considered serious crimes under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Rehman says.
Approximately 250,000 Rohingya children under 14 who have been living in refugee camps in Bangladesh for the past two years are receiving only an informal education and a further 25,000 are getting no education at all, UNICEF warns in a report. Only 3% of teens between 15 and 18 are receiving a formal education, report author Simon Ingram says.
The tens of thousands of women who provide aid and support in crisis situations make a "huge difference" in the lives of the people they help, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an address marking World Humanitarian Day. Women's presence on the front lines of conflicts increases the reach of humanitarian aid and improves the response to gender-based violence, Guterres added.
The United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights are partnering to promote the human right to a healthy environment and to protect environmental defenders. "A healthy environment is vital to fulfilling our aspiration to ensure people everywhere live a life of dignity," says UNEP executive director Inger Andersen.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya condemned repeated attacks by the Libyan National Army last week on a civilian airport in western Libya that UNSMIL says had no military infrastructure or assets. The UN-recognized government of Libya today announced it had shot down an armed drone belonging to the United Arab Emirates it says was targeting another airport.
UN Wire is a free service sponsored by the
United Nations Foundation
which is dedicated to supporting the United Nations' efforts to address the most pressing humanitarian, socioeconomic and environmental challenges facing the world today.
Contact the UN Foundation
Senior Director, Communications
United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006