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UN in Turkey supports the Earth hour campaign

On Saturday 28 March, “Earth Hour” will be observed around the world. The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is also encouraging all UN field offices to participate in this climate action.

 

UN Headquarters in New York and UN field offices including Turkey supports the campaign.

 

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in his message for the Earth Hour 2015 said, “On March 28, at 8:30 pm, the United Nations will switch off its lights in support of Earth Hour. We do this each year to call attention to the need for climate action now”.

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On International Day, Ban calls for release of UN personnel unlawfully arrested and detained

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the release of all United Nations personnel who have been unlawfully arrested and detained, in a message to mark the 25 March International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members.

 

“I call on relevant Member States to respect the status, privileges and immunities of the United Nations and to immediately release all UN staff members and associated personnel who are being unlawfully detained,” said Mr. Ban, noting intensified demand for UN engagement around the world. “In addition, I appeal to those non-State actors that are holding staff members to immediately release them.”

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Transatlantic Slave Trade victims commemorated in Ankara

On 23 March, as part of UNIC Ankara’s activities related to the International Decade for People of African Descent, a travelling exhibition commemorating the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, was opened at the Yıldırım Beyazıt University (YBU), Etlik Campus in Ankara, in cooperation with the International and Strategic Studies Institute of YBU.


At the opening of the exhibition, Prof. Metin Bilgin, President of the International and Strategic Studies Institute of YBU said that slavery, one of the most dark pages of human history stained the relations of people for decades in four continents. He added that the theme of the this year’s International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is “Women and slavery”.

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Palestinian conflict continues to destroy human life, dignity – UN rights official

Violations of human rights “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories, a senior United Nations official reported to the Human Rights Council today.

 

“Human rights violations in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are both cause and consequence of the military occupation and ongoing violence, in a bitter cyclical process with wider implications for peace and security in the region,” said Flavia Pansieri, the UN’s Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

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Citing need to break ‘cycle of impunity,’ UN panel urges referral of Syria to ICC

A culture of impunity continues to flourish inside Syria amid a conflict that has generated over four million refugees and hundreds of thousands of dead, the head of a United Nations-mandated Commission of Inquiry said, urging the international community to step up efforts in bringing the four-year-long war to a close.


Addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro warned that the Syrian civil war had intensified in its destructive scale as combatants used aerial and ground weapons “indiscriminately and disproportionately” and committed an alarming number of human rights violations.

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