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UN accuses China of holding more than a million Muslims in secret prison

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SHAFAQNA - The United Nations has accused China of holding as many as a million Uighur and other Muslim people in a vast web of detention camps in the far western Xinjiang province. United Nations' human rights experts have voiced alarm over…

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on followers to keep up attacks against Shi’ite Muslims

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SHAFAQNA : In a new 54 minute long speech for the ‘Eid Al-Adha holiday, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, instructed his followers to keep fighting, despite their several setbacks across Syria, Iraq, and…

Bloomberg: Chinese Paper Says Muslim Region Crackdown Prevented Another Syria

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SHAFAQNA- Bloomberg News : A Communist Party-run newspaper issued a harsh rebuke to criticism of China’s security crackdown on its Muslim-dominated frontier, arguing that authorities had saved the region from becoming another Syria, According…

Humanitarian disaster in Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah, in the biggest battle of a three-year war

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SHAFAQNA- Thousands of troops backed by Saudi and United Arab Emirates forces began the biggest battle of the war in Yemen this week, launching an attack on the port of Hodeidah and putting the main supply route for food into the country at…

Situation in Yemen looks like apocalypse says the UN

SHAFAQNA - People in war-torn Yemen are facing a situation that "looks like the Apocalypse", the UN's humanitarian chief has said, warning that the country could become the worst humanitarian disaster in half a century. The Arab world's…

UN fears further exodus of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar - REPORT

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations braced on Friday for a possible further exodus of Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into Bangladesh six weeks after the world's fastest-developing refugee emergency began. Around 515,000 Rohingya have…

Amnesty urges UNSC to impose arms embargo on Myanmar

SHAFAQNA - The UN Security Council must do everything it can to end the crimes against humanity and ongoing ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya civilian population in Myanmar, including by imposing a comprehensive arms embargo on the country,…

Six major humanitarian challenges confronting the UN General Assembly

SHAFAQNA - Hype over what President Donald Trump may or may not say dominated the media build-up to this week’s UN General Assembly. However, US funding cuts and the apparent absence of American authority on key global issues weigh more heavily…

WFP directly blames Saudi Arabia for humanitarian crisis in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has directly blamed Saudi Arabia for a humanitarian crisis in Yemen, which has been the target of a Saudi-led war for two years and a half. “Saudi Arabia should fund 100 percent (of…

UN warns over 'steady deterioration' in humanitarian conditions in Gaza

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern about the steadily deteriorating humanitarian and human rights conditions in Gaza, especially the restrictions on the enclave's power supply. “At the height of…

Over 200 children killed, hundreds more wounded in Yemen in 2017: UN

SHAFAQNA - More than 200 children have been killed since the start of this year in war-torn Yemen, a UN official said Monday. "In 2017, 201 children killed in Yemen: 152 boys and 49 girls," Meritxell Relano, UNICEF Resident Representative…

80,000 Rohingya children wasting from hunger in Myanmar: UN

SHAFAQNA - More than 80,000 children under the age of five living in majority-Muslim areas of western Myanmar are “wasting” and will need treatment for acute malnutrition over the next year, the World Food Programme has warned. The report…

UN urges Bahrain to unconditionally release Nabeel Rajab

SHAFAQNA - A statement issued on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (July 14, 2017) in Geneva, said that his office is "deeply concerned that Nabeel Rajab, a co-founder of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was sentenced on…

UN: Gaza to be unlivable by 2020

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations confirmed Gaza is deteriorating "further and faster" than an earlier prediction made five years ago that said the enclave would become "unlivable" by 2020. A decade after the group Hamas seized Gaza, the Palestinian…

Over 100,000 migrants crossed Mediterranean to Europe since Jan: UN

SHAFAQNA - More than 100,000 migrants and refugees have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe since the beginning of the year, and 2,247 have died trying, the UN said Tuesday. Between January 1 and July 3, more than…

Russian diplomat appointed head of UN counter-terrorism office

SHAFAQNA - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Vladimir Voronkov who is currently Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Under-Secretary-General and head of the newly-established UN Counterterrorism…

UNICEF: 100,000 children still in danger in Mosul

SHAFAQNA - Mosul's children are bearing the brunt of the intensified fight between Iraqi government forces and the ISIS terrorist group in the city's western half, the United Nations children's agency warned on Monday. Iraqi forces are in…

Damascus urges UN to stop US-led coalition from killing Syrian civilians

SHAFAQNA - Syria has strongly denounced repeated deadly airstrikes carried out by the so-called US-led military coalition in the Arab country, calling on the United Nations and the Security Council to stop Washington and its allies form killing…

Controversial election - Shafaqna Director debates UN decision on women issues

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SHAFAQNA - The UN Commission on the Status of Women - a body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women – has been the subject of massive criticism for its recent decision to elect Saudi Arabia,…

Civilian casualties decline slightly in Afghanistan: UN

SHAFAQNA - Civilians casualties caused by the war in Afghanistan declined slightly in the first three months of 2017, the United Nations said on Thursday, a rare drop that officials attributed mostly to residents fleeing areas of fighting. From…

Saudi Arabia was just elected by the UN ... to promote women's rights

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia was recently elected to the 54-member United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, drawing the ire of many commenters and watchdogs alike. The CSW is about "promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality…

Saudi blockade paralyzing Yemen, causing catastrophe: UN expert

SHAFAQNA - A United Nations rights expert called on Saudi Arabia to immediately lift its “paralyzing” aerial and naval blockade on Yemen that has been under attack by the kingdom for more than two years now. Idriss Jazairy, UN special rapporteur…

US not in position to comment on human rights in other countries says Iran's spokesman

SHAFAQNA - Foreign Ministry spokesman in response to the release of US annual report on human rights on Friday, said the country is not in a position to comment on the situation of human rights in other countries. Condemning the allegations…

382 civilians killed, 908 wounded in Iraq violence in January: UN

SHAFAQNA - Terrorist acts, violence and armed conflicts across Iraq killed a total of 382 civilians and wounded 908 others in January, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said on Wednesday. A UNAMI statement said that…

Shafaqna speaks to Press TV on Yemen's cholera outbreak

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations says suspected cholera cases have risen into the thousands in Yemen, less than a month since the outbreak of the disease. The UN says there’s now seven-thousand-seven hundred suspected cases in a dozen govern-orates…

UN slams continued discrimination against Myanmar’s Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, called upon the international community Friday not to forget about ongoing human rights challenges in the South-East nation, especially the increasing unrest and…

Yemenis need urgent humanitarian aid: UN

SHAFAQNA - The U.N.'s humanitarian chief says civilians in Yemen need urgent protection and more humanitarian aid. Speaking in Sana'a on Tuesday, Stephen O'Brien said four out of five Yemenis are in need of humanitarian assistance. "In…

Clinton tells Netanyahu she's against UN Solution for Palestine

SHAFAQNA - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in New York on Sunday evening, hours after sitting down with her Republican rival Donald Trump. In the meeting, Clinton stressed…