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September 6, 2019
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Bachelet voices concern over escalating violence in Papua
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has voiced concerns about the increase in violence used by Indonesian security forces against human rights activists, students and members of the press in the provinces of Papua and West Papua. Bachelet is urging Indonesian authorities to respect Papuans' right to freedom of expression and refrain from using excessive force.
The Jakarta Post (Indonesia) (9/5),  Radio New Zealand (9/5) 
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Bolsonaro attacks UN rights chief for police criticism
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil this week accused United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet of meddling in his country's internal affairs and attacking Brazil's military and law enforcement officers. Bachelet had voiced concern over a marked increase in human rights restrictions and killings by police officers.
The Daily Star (Bangladesh)/Agence France-Presse (9/6),  Anadolu Agency (Turkey) (9/4) 
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Health & Development
UN defends "vital" aid mission to N. Korea
United Nations aid workers supplied more than 2 million North Koreans with food and health care in 2018, and the mission must be maintained at current levels to continue to provide critical aid in the country, says UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric. North Korea has told the UN to cut the number of aid workers it sends, saying the assistance has been politicized.
Reuters (9/4),  The Associated Press (9/5) 
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Women & Girls
Funding shortages threaten UN aid for women, infants in Yemen
A lack of funding will force more than half of the United Nations Population Fund's reproductive health facilities in Yemen to close this month, leaving approximately 650,000 women and girls without access to vital care, the agency warns. "We are now trying to reach as many women as possible with a minimum package of reproductive health services, so that no woman dies giving life," says UNFPA representative Nestor Owomuhangi.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (9/5) 
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Climate and Energy
UNEP predicts renewable energy investments to hit $2.6T this year
Investments in renewable energy sources around the world will likely reach $2.6 trillion and nearly quadruple the world supply of renewable power by the end of 2019, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme. "Investing in renewable energy is investing in a sustainable and profitable future, as the last decade of incredible growth in renewables has shown," says UNEP head Inger Andersen.
The Guardian (London) (9/6) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN report condemns Russian occupation of Crimea
Residents of Russian-occupied Crimea are subject to abductions, enforced disappearances, torture and other human rights violations, according to a United Nations report on the region. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will present the human rights report to the UN General Assembly when the group convenes later this month.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (9/5) 
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Hurricane Dorian wreaked unprecedented 'mass destruction' on Bahamas: UN relief chief
UN News (9/4) 
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Commentary and coverage on the UN and UN-related issues
"Japan and South Korea Are Locked in A Bitter Dispute With Global Implications"
UN Dispatch (9/5) 
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