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# un - Yesterday’s News

Irish peacekeepers safe but “on high alert” after Golan Heights kidnappings

Irish personnel secured a route and provided security as UNDOF troops withdrew from a position today.

Filipino UN peacekeepers defy Syrian rebels in Golan Heights standoff

Syrian rebels captured 43 Fijian soldiers yesterday.

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# un - Thursday 28 August, 2014

No Irish troops among dozens of peacekeepers captured in the Golan Heights

The UN has confirmed that 43 peacekeepers were detained in the area by an armed group.

# un - Saturday 23 August, 2014

Urgent action needed to avoid “massacre” in Iraq

The UN says that the town of Amerli is seriously at risk.

Five Palestinians from the same family killed by Israeli warplane attacks

Israel has vowed no let-up until it can guarantee the safety of its civilians.

Russian aid convoy to Ukraine described as a ‘direct invasion’

Angela Merkel and Barack Obama warned that Moscow’s military presence and shelling were triggering a “dangerous escalation” of the conflict.

# un - Friday 22 August, 2014

Could the UN Security Council do more to stop conflicts?

The body has faced criticism from the outgoing head of the UN’s human rights wing over its inability to stop conflict and save lives.

# un - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

Over 2,100 people killed in Ukraine violence

Meanwhile, a Russian aid convoy is still waiting near Ukrainian border to be checked for delivery.

# un - Monday 18 August, 2014

Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants in Iraq

The Pope has said that minorities need to be protected but wants the UN to be involved.

# un - Friday 15 August, 2014

WHO: The Ebola outbreak is much worse than people think

The official death toll has now climbed to 1,069.

# un - Wednesday 13 August, 2014

20,000 Iraqis face ‘mass atrocity and potential genocide within days or hours’

The US is assessing how to evacuate up to 30,000 civilians off a mountain that is besieged by extremists.

# un - Monday 11 August, 2014

Man suspected of killing two Irish soldiers in Lebanon to be deported from US

Mahmoud Bazzi entered the US illegally but is not charged with the deaths.

# un - Friday 8 August, 2014

In pics: Talks in tatters as Gaza rocket fire and air strikes resume

Hamas rejected a proposed extension to the 72-hour ceasefire and a 12-year-old boy has already been killed since the fighting resumed.

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Argentina wants to sue the US for forcing them into a default

Argentine officials argue the US court decisions violated its sovereignty.

# un - Monday 4 August, 2014

Gaza waits as another ceasefire is declared

Israel announced the seven-hour ceasefire in all areas except Rafah.

# un - Saturday 2 August, 2014

Israel has lost more soldiers during this Palestinian conflict than in the last ten years

For the first time in years, the deaths of Israeli soldiers outweighs the death of civilians.

‘Not sitting on the fence’: How the government wants backbenchers to explain Ireland’s UN abstention

Charlie Flanagan issued advice to government TDs and Senators to deal with queries over Ireland’s controversial decision to abstain from a UN vote on Gaza.

# un - Thursday 31 July, 2014

Israel to investigate shelling of UN school

The school was shelled yesterday, with 16 people who had been sheltering there killed.

# un - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

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

Today is United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

# un - Tuesday 29 July, 2014

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.

# 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.

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