UN High Commissioner Ms Navi Pillay urges protection & rights for all, including Syrians

UN High Commissioner Ms Navi Pillay urges protection & rights for all, including Syrians

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: As the main United Nations human rights body began its work today on a range of topics, the world body’s top rights official said little doubt remains that chemical weapons were used in Syria and she urged a political solution to the suffering that has reached […]

Critical sexual violence causes mass exodus in Syria

Critical sexual violence causes mass exodus in Syria

Oliver Holmes – WNN Breaking (WNN/TLW) Beirut, LEBANON: Syria’s civil war is unleashing a “staggering humanitarian disaster”, sending hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing to neighbouring countries, many of them citing fear of rape, an aid agency said on Monday. The New York-based International Rescue Committee (IRC) said Syrian refugees interviewed in Lebanon and Jordan […]

Syrian refugee accounts ‘horrific’ says celebrity advocate Angelina Jolie

Syrian refugee accounts ‘horrific’ says celebrity advocate Angelina Jolie

Mark Snowiss – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Zaatari refugee camp, Mafraq, JORDAN: The United Nations says the number of refugees who have fled Syria has reached more than 250,000, calling the humanitarian problems sparked by the conflict “our biggest crisis.” The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday there are more than 85,000 Syrians registered in Jordan, nearly […]

SYRIA: Violence intensifies as United Nations operates with tightened restrictions

SYRIA: Violence intensifies as United Nations operates with tightened restrictions

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) Damascus, SYRIA: Violence continues to rage in Syria’s most populous city, Aleppo, with local organizations registering each day about 300 displaced families in need of urgent assistance, a UNHCR spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, told reporters in Geneva. With armed violence continuing unabated in parts of Syria, thousands of people are fleeing their homes […]

Syria Update: Possible war crimes include rising violence against women

Syria Update: Possible war crimes include rising violence against women

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN/HRW) Geneva, SWITZERLAND: Warning of crimes against humanity and possible war crimes being committed, the United Nations human rights chief today called on the international community this week to overcome differences in order to end the violence and human rights violations in Syria. Reports of specific and increasing violence against women has also […]