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News in Brief 30 May 2016

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Communities living by Lake Chad have been displaced by what the UN Refugee Agency has called “war zone” conditions. Photo: UNHCR

Conviction of former Chad president welcomed by UN

The conviction of a former Chadian President of crimes against humanity, summary executions, torture and rape has been welcomed by the UN.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the verdict handed down by an African Union-backed court in Senegal against Hissène Habré was “historic and hard-won.”

Habré was in power in the Central African country from 1982 to 1990.

He denied accusations that he ordered the killing of 40,000 people during his rule.

He was sentence to life in prison.

NGOs lauded for role in sustainable development vision

Non-governmental organizations have been lauded by the UN Secretary-General for their role in the establishment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The agenda which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs was agreed by world leaders at the United Nations in New York last September.

The UN chief told an international UN conference of NGOs being held in South Korea that the SDGs will create a better world.

“We will make sure that we make this world and our planet Earth and ourselves to be able to live in a much more prosperous, healthier and more harmonious  world. That is our strong commitment. You helped us to succeed in forging this visionary 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Up to 700 migrants feared drowned off Libyan coast

Up to 700 migrants may have drowned off the coast of Libya over the past few days, according to the UN Refugee Agency, (UNHCR).

A number of boats sank south of Italy as more people attempted the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Europe.

Here’s UNHCR’s William Spindler.

“The Italian navy has been doing a fantastic job. They have rescued about 14,000 people so far this week. But unfortunately, there have been a number of incidents where people have lost their lives and in three separate shipwrecks. We estimate that 700 people may have died or are still missing and unaccounted for.”

Honduras must do more to protect life, says rights expert

In Honduras, one of the most violent countries in the world, more needs to be done to protect life and reduce violence.

That’s the view of Christof Heyns, who’s the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

Speaking after his first visit to Honduras, the human rights expert said that authorities had taken “significant steps” to tackle the country’s high murder rate.

But he said that the Central American country needed to do more to tackle impunity, which is the result of “corruption, extortion and weak institutions”.

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