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Fighting in northern Nigeria sparks new refugee exodus to nearby States, UN reports
24 January 2014 – Nearly 6,000 people have fled fighting in Nigeria to neighbouring Cameroon and Niger in the past 10 days after reporting that several people had been killed, their villages bombed and at least two villages burned to the ground, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today.
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Window ‘is wide open’ to advance Mali’s progress, UN envoy tells Security Council
16 January 2014 – Mali is at a crossroads, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council today, as he urged the international community to continue to actively support ongoing national efforts to steer the West African nation in the right direction and prevent it from relapsing into crisis.
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Nigeria: Ban voices concern as new anti-homosexuality law takes effec
15 January 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out about a new anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria, saying he feared it may fuel prejudice and violence, as he voiced the strong hope that the constitutionality of the legislation can be reviewed.
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As tribunal closes, UN chief hails achievements in ensuring accountability in Sierra Leone
31 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the staff of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), which closes today, on their important achievements over the past 11 years in ensuring accountability for crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil war.
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Ban and Security Council condemn deadly attack on UN, Malian forces
14 December 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council have strongly condemned an attack in the north-eastern Malian town of Kidal that killed two blue helmets and left several others, including members of the national armed forces, injured.
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Guinea-Bissau: Security Council warns of potential sanctions if elections hindered
9 December 2013 – The United Nations Security Council today urged a return to constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau, which has postponed presidential and legislative elections until next year, and warned that it would consider further measures – such as sanctions – against anyone who hampers such efforts in the West African country.
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International community must act with resolve to tackle Africa’s challenges – Ban
6 December 2013 – Addressing the challenges facing Africa requires the international community to act with resolve, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, adding that the recent upsurge of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) is yet another reminder of the need for urgency in taking action.
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UN urges probe into serious human rights abuses by traditional hunters in Côte d’Ivoire
6 December 2013 – The United Nations today released a report calling for investigations into serious human rights abuses committed in Côte d’Ivoire by traditional hunters called Dozos for over four years beginning in March 2009.
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Credible elections vital for restoring constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau, says UN envoy
26 November 2013 The holding of credible and peaceful elections next year is vital for the process of restoring constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau, a United Nations envoy told the Security Council today, urging continued international support to help the West African nation complete this process.
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Independent UN expert urges Ghana to re-think criminal justice, mental health practices
18 November 2013 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced deep concern about the situation of overcrowding in prisons in Ghana which is leading to other rights violations such as poor hygiene and risk of diseases.
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