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News in Brief 22 November 2016 (PM)

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LGBTI people face “vortex of violence and discrimination”

People from lesbian, gay, bi-sexual , transgender and intersex or LGBTI communities around the world are facing a “vortex of violence and discrimination;” that’s according to a new UN Independent Expert focusing on the human rights of those communities.

In his maiden speech, Vitit Muntarbhorn, said LGBTI people were experiencing a proliferation in hate speech, including what he called “rampant” social media attacks.

“Instances of murder, killings, rape, mutilation and other cruel treatment are well documented in various parts of the world and by many sources,” the expert said.

Laws criminalizing same-sex relations still exist in some 70 countries across the world.

68,000 people displaced in Mosul, Iraq

More than 68,000 people have been displaced from the Iraqi city of Mosul, one month into a military operation to dislodge terrorists there, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said.

The ISIL group, also known as Daesh, has occupied Mosul for around two years.

Here’s the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric

“As fighting is progressing inside the city limits of Mosul, more individuals have been displaced from inside the sub-district of Mosul.”

Armed groups in CAR urged to stop fighting

Armed groups in the Central African Republic have been urged by the UN to stop fighting following clashes in Bria in the east of the country.

About 5,000 displaced civilians as well as local authorities and humanitarian organizations have taken refuge in the premises of the UN mission, MINUSCA.

UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric again.

“The UN mission stresses that the armed groups will be held accountable for the violence, particularly against civilian populations.”

A three-year long political crisis in CAR as it’s known has resulted in a violent conflict that has affected nearly the whole country.

It’s left some 2.3 million people, over half the population, in need of humanitarian assistance.

Concern expressed at “worsening humanitarian situation” in Libya

Concern has been expressed by the UN at the “worsening humanitarian situation” in the city of Benghazi in Libya.

The North African country has been plagued with violence and political divisions following the death of former President Muammar al-Qhadafi in 2011.

The Libya UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Ghassan Khalil, said in a statement that he was “extremely worried by the impact on civilians of intense fighting in and around the Ganfouda area,” of Benghazi.

Ganfouda has been inaccessible to aid organizations for many months, leaving civilians in dire and urgent need of protection and humanitarian assistance.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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