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# un - Yesterday’s News

Symphysiotomy survivors seek DPP referrals in wake of UN report

The UN human rights committee said Ireland should identify, prosecute and punish those responsible for the procedures without patient consent.

Opinion: ‘At the heart of Irish law is an inescapable fact… we are second class citizens’

Enshrined into law and sanctioned in social service provision is this attitude: women in Ireland are vessels to be filled and emptied at men’s discretion.

Trafficked Asian nationals forced into drug trade are getting tougher sentences than Irish – MCRI

Today is United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

# un - Sunday 27 July, 2014

Atheists not hopeful of ‘blasphemy’ referendum, in spite of UN pressure

The UN Human Rights Committee has been strongly critical of Ireland’s position regarding blasphemy and religious freedom.

# un - Friday 25 July, 2014

Over 226 prisoners in Cork still forced to ‘slop out’

The Department of Justice said there is a plan in place to end ‘slopping out’ in prisons by 2015.

UN agency claims it asked Israel for time to evacuate bombed school

Israel claims that the strike which killed 15 people may have come from Hamas.

# un - Thursday 24 July, 2014

Israeli shell hits UN school in Gaza killing 15 people, including UN staff

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon called for the killing to stop now.

UN: Ireland must take action to decriminalise abortion

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill comes in for particular criticism from the UN Human Rights Committee.

Doctors condemn Gaza violence as death toll rises

Airports in Israel have reopened today.

# un - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Escalating crisis in Gaza poses “serious threat” to children, says UNICEF

Meanwhile, UN rights commissioner condemns military action by Israeli and Hamas forces.

# un - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Opinion: Once again, we’ve heard a depressingly familiar tune from Ireland on human rights

Ireland’s appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee was disappointing: we have not made the changes recommended four years ago.

Man who claimed he killed Irish soldiers arrested in America

Mahmoud Bazzi had claimed he had carried out the killing in revenge for his brother.

# un - Monday 14 July, 2014

Mary Robinson appointed UN climate change envoy

She previously held the role of Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa.

Opinion: Ireland’s record on civil and political rights comes under the UN spotlight

While progress has been made in some areas, long-standing human rights issues persist in Ireland including gender-based violence and a systemic delay in processing asylum applications.

# un - Thursday 10 July, 2014

Who will chair the mother-and-baby inquiry? The Minister’s been given a list of candidates

The Commission of Investigation into the State’s network of mother-and-baby homes is expected to be set up before the Oireachtas summer recess.

Syrian rebels storm Sunni village, leaving 14 dead

Both State media and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the attack.

# un - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

Knightley: ‘What I saw and heard was worse than I could have ever imagined’

If the aid effort does not increase in South Sudan – 50,000 children could die from malnutrition.

# un - Monday 7 July, 2014

Opinion: An opportunity to rid the world of poverty is on the horizon

A concerted push for global development, the Millennium Development Goals, will wrap up next year. The UN is meeting today to discuss what comes next – inequality and climate change must be on the agenda this time.

# un - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

Caribbean coral reefs could vanish within 20 years because of humans

Overfishing, pollution and global warming have all contributed to killing off the coral reefs.

# un - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

‘I was just 27 and I was butchered’: Symphysiotomy survivors in their own words

The government has announced a redress scheme today. Here are the victims’ stories.

# un - Sunday 29 June, 2014

Ireland to send supplies to people of Iraq displaced by violence Aid

Ireland to send supplies to people of Iraq displaced by violence

Supplies such as blankets, kitchen sets, jerry cans and shelter supplies are being sent to those most in need.

# un - Friday 27 June, 2014

Over 200 refugees will resettle in Ireland in 2015 and 2016

Many of the refugees are expected to come from war-torn Syria.

# un - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

Ireland steps in to help speaker interrupted by Saudi Arabia at the UN

Saudi Arabia interrupted the speaker on three occasions.

# un - Saturday 21 June, 2014

Nearly 11 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian aid

In his monthly report to the UN Security Council, Ban Ki-moon said that nearly half of the country is in need of immediate help.

# un - Thursday 19 June, 2014

Australia has been given eight months to fix the Great Barrier Reef

The UN has warned that a “business as usual approach is not an option”.

# un - Monday 16 June, 2014

From GSOC to asylum seekers, what are Ireland’s human rights failings?

And we have to address them all before a United Nations committee next month.

# un - Friday 13 June, 2014

Ireland sends €200k worth of tents, blankets and supplies to Cameroon refugees

The airlift is being sent from Ghana and is in addition to more than €3 million in funding Ireland has given this year to UN agencies and NGOs for CAR.

# un - Wednesday 4 June, 2014

The Paris Bakery sit-in will be discussed at UN labour conference today

A rally to support the workers will take place outside Leinster House this afternoon.

# un - Wednesday 28 May, 2014

Opinion: What has the State done to protect citizens’ human rights?

It’s important to understand the experience of the people affected by our six-year recession and impacted by harsh austerity measures.

# un - Monday 26 May, 2014

Cancer patients forced from their own countries can’t access treatment

The United Nations is worried about refugees from Syria and Iraq.

# un - Saturday 24 May, 2014

Ireland sends €2 million to South Sudan as 4 million people face starvation

A second ceasefire in the country has collapsed and both rebels and government forces are blocking the paths of UN peacekeepers.

# un - Thursday 22 May, 2014

China and Russia veto UN bringing Syria to court for war crimes

The Security Council wants to bring the crisis to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible war crimes.

Eamon Gilmore calls for support on UN Syria, but Russia’s already said no

The resolution will seek to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.

# un - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

From Business ETC The United Nations are trying to stop the killer robots before it’s too late Help

The United Nations are trying to stop the killer robots before it’s too late

Unsurprisingly, campaigners are worried that robots that can kill people might be a bad idea.

# un - Friday 2 May, 2014

350 dead and 2,500 feared lost after landslide flattens Afghan town

Villagers were at Friday prayers in two mosques when they were swamped by a tide of debris

# un - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

‘Enough, we said, enough’: UN humanitarian agencies call for end to Syria conflict

The heads of four UN agencies are calling for an end to fighting in Syria.

# un - Monday 21 April, 2014

UN: South Sudanese rebels broadcast calls to rape rival groups

More than 200 civilians were killed and 400 wounded in a recent attack.

# un - Friday 18 April, 2014

58 killed, including women and children, in attack at UN base in South Sudan

48 bodies were recovered from inside the base, which is sheltering thousands of displaced civilians. The bodies of ten attackers were found outside.

# un - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

Tribunal rejects acquittal of “Butcher of Bosnia” Ratko Mladic

A UN war crimes tribunal says that Ratko Mladic “has a case to answer”.

# un - Friday 11 April, 2014

DFA updates travel advice for Irish citizens, following Ebola outbreak

101 deaths have been recorded to date in Guinea, and 12 in neighbouring Liberia.

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