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UN Seen as “Soft Target” for Attacks

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations offices and personnel have often been attacked by terrorists — leading Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to caution Friday that the world body is increasingly perceived as a “soft,” or easy, target. Earlier this year Mr. Ban urged U.N. members to ratify a protocol that would extend legal protection for U.N. staff to all operations […]

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UN Burma Envoy Meets Ex-Prisoners, Opposition Leaders

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations special envoy Tomas Quintana met Thursday in Burma with leaders of ethnic opposition parties and former political prisoners, as he wrapped up a four-day tour of the country that included a private meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Quintana, in a statement, said he welcomes several initiatives by the new, nominally […]

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UN Burma Envoy Meets Ex-Prisoners, Opposition Leaders

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations special envoy Tomas Quintana met Thursday in Burma with leaders of ethnic opposition parties and former political prisoners, as he wrapped up a four-day tour of the country that included a private meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Quintana said he met with leaders of several opposition parties, including the National […]

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UN Envoy Meets Burmese Political Prisoners, Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations officials say special envoy Tomas Quintana spoke with political prisoners at Burma’s notorious Insein Prison on Wednesday, ahead of what he described as a “very productive” meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aye Win, a U.N. spokesman based in Burma, told VOA’s Burmese service that Quintana was permitted to speak to […]

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UN Envoy Meets Burmese Political Prisoners, Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations officials say special envoy Tomas Quintana spoke with political prisoners at Burma’s notorious Insein Prison on Wednesday, ahead of what he described as a “very productive” meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aye Win, a U.N. spokesman based in Burma, told VOA’s Burmese service that Quintana was permitted to speak to […]

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UN Envoy Meets Burmese Political Prisoners, Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations officials say special envoy Tomas Quintana spoke with political prisoners at Burma’s notorious Insein Prison on Wednesday, ahead of what he described as a “very productive” meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Aye Win, a U.N. spokesman based in Burma, told VOA’s Burmese service that Quintana was permitted to speak to […]

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UN Envoy Meets Burmese Political Prisoners, Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations officials say special investigator Tomas Quintana visited Burma’s notorious Insein Prison and spoke with political prisoners on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Quintana, who is charged with assessing the human rights situation in Burma, had not been permitted to meet Aung San Suu Kyi during previous […]

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UN Urges Thailand to Step Up Anti-trafficking Efforts

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations official in charge of anti-trafficking efforts has urged the government of Thailand to do more to combat human trafficking and protect the rights of migrant workers. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo said Monday in Bangkok that Thailand faces significant challenges as a source, transit and destination country for trafficked people. She expressed her concerns […]

UN Chief Hails Suu Kyi’s Meeting With Burma’s President

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is encouraged by last week’s meeting between Burma’s President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In a statement released Monday, Mr. Ban noted that both sides voiced satisfaction with discussions aimed at “finding common ground on issues that would benefit the country.” He also expressed […]

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UN Report: Population Growth to Cause Water Crunch

Posted August 21st, 2011 at 10:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A new report calls for better water and food management to prevent crises as the global population growth causes stress to natural resources. The United Nations report issued Monday says more than 1.5 billion people already live in areas where water is scarce. But it says that if the number of humans rises from the […]

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