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Stephanie Nebehay

U.N. experts urge Israel to rein in security forces

12:30pm EDT

GENEVA U.N. war crimes investigators called on Israel on Monday to stop its snipers using lethal force against protesters on the border with Gaza, as the anniversary approached of the start of demonstrations there last year in which 189 Palestinians were killed.

U.N. rights expert: Israel depriving Palestinians of clean water

7:16am EDT

GENEVA Israel is depriving millions of Palestinians of access to a regular supply of clean water while stripping their land of minerals "in an apparent act of pillage", a United Nations human rights investigator said on Monday.

U.N. rights expert: Israel depriving Palestinians of clean water

7:11am EDT

* Israelis also stripping Palestinian land of minerals-U.N. envoy

China defends Xinjiang centers for Muslims, but aims to 'downsize'

Mar 15 2019

GENEVA Chinese vice foreign minister Le Yucheng on Friday defended what China calls its vocational training centers in Xinjiang for Muslims and said its "campuses" would be closed down gradually as extremist ideology is vanquished in the region.

Israel investigating 11 Palestinian deaths in Gaza protests: officials

Mar 13 2019

GENEVA Israel is carrying out criminal investigations into the killing of 11 Palestinians by Israeli forces at border protests in Gaza last year, Israeli officials said on Wednesday.

1.5 million Muslims could be detained in China's Xinjiang: academic

Mar 13 2019

GENEVA A leading researcher on China's ethnic policies said on Wednesday that an estimated 1.5 million Uighurs and other Muslims could be held in so-called re-education centers in Xinjiang region, up from his earlier figure of 1 million.

Some 20,000 Iraqis could return from Syria in weeks - Red Cross

Mar 11 2019

GENEVA Around 20,000 Iraqis in Syria, including women and children who fled Islamic State's last enclave, are expected to be sent home in weeks under an agreement with Baghdad, a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday.

Some 20,000 Iraqis could return from Syria in weeks: Red Cross

Mar 11 2019

GENEVA Around 20,000 Iraqis in Syria, including women and children who fled Islamic State's last enclave, are expected to be sent home in weeks under an agreement with Baghdad, a senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday.

U.N. envoy fears 'new crisis' for Rohingya if moved to Bangladesh island

Mar 11 2019

GENEVA A United Nations human rights investigator on Myanmar voiced deep concern on Monday over Bangladesh's plan to relocate 23,000 Rohingya refugees in April to a remote island, saying it may not be habitable and could create a potential "new crisis".

North Korea maintains repression, political prison camps: U.N. expert

Mar 08 2019

GENEVA Despite actively pursuing diplomacy on its nuclear program, North Korea continues to quash basic freedoms, maintaining political prison camps and strict surveillance of its citizens, a United Nations human rights investigator said on Friday.

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