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30-10-2019 | Edited News

Syrian Constitutional Committee Official Convening

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United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Geir O. Pedersen, Syrian Constitutional Committee Co-Chairs Mr. Ahmad Kuzbari from the Government & Mr. Hadi Albahra from the opposition. Work on drafting a new foundational text for war-torn Syria officially began at the UN in Geneva on Wednesday with representatives from the Government of Syria and the opposition sitting face to face and preparing to discuss the country’s future for the first time in the more than eight-year conflict.

29-10-2019 | Edited News

Bi-weekly press briefing: Kashmir - OHCHR

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The people of Indian-Administered Kashmir continue to be deprived of numerous basic freedoms, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday, before urging the Indian authorities “to unlock the situation”.

28-10-2019 | Edited News

OSE press conference: Syria Constitutional Committee Geir O. Pedersen

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Forty-eight hours before a 150-member Constitutional Committee for Syria meets for the first time in Geneva to try to agree on a new foundational text for the war-ravaged country, UN Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen on Monday repeated his call for a nationwide ceasefire and the release of prisoners to build trust between belligerents.

25-10-2019 | Edited News

Bi-weekly press briefing: Syrian Refugees in Iraq - UNHCR

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Most of the Syrian refugees come from cides and villages from northeast Syria and have witnessed explosions and shelling. “Three out of four are women and children and there are unaccompanied children among these arrivals,” Andrej Mahecic, a spokesperson for the UNHCR told journalists today in Geneva.

25-10-2019 | Edited News

Bi-weekly press briefing: UK Lorry Deaths - IOM

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Soundbites are from Joel Millman/IOM. No shotlist or storyline.

25-10-2019 | Edited News

Bi-weekly press briefing: Protests around the world - OHCHR

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“The reasons behind these protests are complex and varied, and it is important not to come to sweeping conclusions,” said Ravina Shamdasani spokesperson for the Office of the UN high Commissioner for Human Rights, commenting on protests and unrest around the world.

18-10-2019 | Edited News

Bi-weekly press briefing: Ecuador Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani - OHCHR

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At the United Nations briefing today in Geneva Ravina Shamdasani spokesperson for the Office of the UN high Commissioner for Human Rights, announced that a team of three from the UN Human Rights Office is due to visit Ecuador from 20 October to 8 November to look into allegations of human rights violations and abuses committed in the country in the context of the recent protests. The mission will be conducted at the invitation of the Government of Ecuador.

18-10-2019 | Edited News

Bi-weekly press briefing: Northern Syria update - WHO/UNHCR/OCHA/UNICEF/WFP

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Shelling and clashes in northern Syria on the border with Turkey continue to cause hundreds of people to flee, the UN said, despite a cessation of hostilities deal between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Kurdish military

15-10-2019 | Edited News

Bi-weekly press briefing: Northern Syria update - OHCHR/UNHCR/OCHA/UNICEF/WFP

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Amid ongoing fighting in northern Syria and disturbing reports that extrajudicial killings have been streamed online, the United Nations and their partners are continuing to deliver humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of people displaced by the violence, UN agencies stressed on Tuesday.