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28 September 2007 – An increasing number of Palestinians have died after being denied passage through Israeli checkpoints, according to the latest United Nations humanitarian report on the occupied Palestinian territory.

The latest incident occurred in August when a 76-year-old woman from Barta’a a-Sharqiya in Jenin district with heart problems died after Israeli soldiers refused to allow her to pass a gate in order to reach the hospital in Jenin, the Humanitarian Monitor Report for August said.

The Monitor, a monthly report of key humanitarian indicators and field observations collected by UN agencies, noted that July and August witnessed the highest total number of Israeli settler incidents against Palestinians in the occupied Territory in 2007, 37 and 30 respectively, a significant increase over the previous two months and considerably higher than the 2006 monthly average of 20.

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28 September 2007 – The deadly drama involving people-smuggling across the Gulf of Aden continues apace, with at least 89 confirmed deaths and 154 missing and presumed dead so far this month as traffickers reportedly stabbed passengers, beat them with iron bars and plastic tubes and threw some overboard, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Between 1 and 26 September, 50 smuggling boats, nearly two a day, arrived on Yemeni shores from Somalia with 4,741 people, mostly Somalis and Ethiopians fleeing conflict and drought – an increase of 70 per cent over last year when 30 boats arrived with 2,961 people for the whole of the month, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva.

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27 September 2007 The United Nations refugee agency has launched a campaign to raise $220 million by 2010 to allow 9 million refugee and vulnerable children, particularly those from Sudan’s Darfur region, Iraq and Colombia, to get an education, partly based on the Internet as well as by getting teachers into remote locations.

Launching the campaign yesterday at the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) summit in New York, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres called the initiative “a means of ensuring that vulnerable children are fully able to realize their right to an education.”

The renewed ninemillion campaign (, through a so-called Education (Plus) programme, seeks to address all aspects of a child’s educational needs, from teachers and notebooks to transportation, water and vocational training. Its programme puts particular emphasis on getting girls into the classroom.

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Geneva – Israel was condemned by Arab and Islamic members of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday for declaring Gaza a "hostile entity."Pakistan, speaking for the Islamic countries, accused Israel of human rights violations including targeted assassinations, house demolitions, arbitrary detention of parliamentarians and spoke of the economic hardship and deteriorating situation for people in the Golan Heights and other occupied territories.
 Israel‘s security cabinet made the declaration on the Hamas- controlled Gaza Strip on Wednesday (18/9/2007) and said it would limit supplies to the territory. 

Israeli Ambassador Itzhak Levanon said the new Council had "an incurable obsession" with Israel accusing it of being no better than its predecessor, the widely discredited Human Rights Commission.

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21 September 2007 – From the ritual ringing of a bell at its stately Headquarters in New York to the furthest flung trenches of warfare across the world, where a record number of more than 100,000 peacekeepers are struggling to restore stability, the United Nations system today marked the annual International Day of Peace with fervent appeals for an end to violence.

“Peace is the highest calling of the United Nations – and for me personally,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared on the lawn in front of the towering UN Headquarters.

“Peace defines our mission. It drives our discourse. And it draws together all of our world wide work, from peacekeeping and preventive diplomacy to promoting human rights and development,” he added.

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26 September 2007 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today he is sending, Ibrahim Gambari, his Special Envoy dealing with Myanmar to the region in response to the deteriorating situation in the Asian nation, and once again urged authorities there to respond to the ongoing peaceful protests with the utmost restraint.

Noting reports of the use of force and of arrests and beatings, Mr. Ban called again on authorities “to exercise utmost restraint toward the peaceful demonstrations taking place, as such action can only undermine the prospects for peace, prosperity and stability in Myanmar,” in a statement issued by his spokesperson.

While Myanmar’s Government has not yet accepted Mr. Gambari’s mission, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters in New York that “he will stay in the region, and as soon as he gets the green light he will proceed.”

After Mr. Gambari briefed the Security Council this afternoon on the latest developments, Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert of France – which holds the rotating Council presidency this month – issued a press statement voicing members’ strong support for Mr. Gambari’s visit and underlining the need for the envoy to be received by authorities as soon as possible.

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New York: (Agencies) 25/9/2007-The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries today (Tuesday, 25/9/2007) expressed its concern over the 16 September "indiscriminate" shooting – claiming the lives of more than 10 Iraqi civilians – in a heavily-populated Baghdad neighbourhood involving a foreign private security company. 

In a statement, the Working Group, comprising five independent experts serving in their personal capacities, welcomed investigations in progress to bring to light the facts of this and other reported killings of Iraqi civilians by foreign private security company employees. 

The experts noted that "in a number of situations of low intensity armed conflict or post-conflict these private security companies have been given immunity through bilateral Government agreements or decrees – immunity which in many cases becomes a sort of impunity."

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24 September 2007 – World leaders have demonstrated the political will necessary to make a breakthrough on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he wrapped up the largest-ever meeting of heads of State or government on the issue.

“This has been a groundbreaking, historical event,” he told reporters following the conclusion of the gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York, which he also characterized as a “sea-change in the response to climate change.”

Mr. Ban convened the event in an effort to forge a coalition to accelerate a global response to climate change and build international momentum for the major summit to be held in Bali, Indonesia, in December.

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23 September 2007 – The international meeting on Israeli-Palestinian peace scheduled for later this year in Washington should be “substantive and serious” so that the two sides can finally end their conflict and devise a durable two-state solution, members of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet said today after a meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Following a briefing by their recently appointed Representative, the former British prime minister Tony Blair, on the latest developments in the region, the Quartet issued a statement in which they expressed support for the Washington meeting proposed by United States President George W. Bush.

“Principals discussed the meeting and agreed that it should be substantive and serious, providing support to the parties in their bilateral discussions and negotiations in order to move forward urgently on a successful path to a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza that will unite all Palestinians,” the statement said.

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New York, UN (19/9/2009) – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday he was "very concerned" that the Israeli government has branded the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip an "enemy entity" and threatened to cut off electricity and fuel to the population there. "Such a step would be contrary to Israel’s obligations towards the civilian population under international humanitarian and human rights law," Ban said in a statement. 

The UN has widespread humanitarian responsibilities in Gaza and toward its 1.4 million people, who should not be punished "for the unacceptable actions of militants and extremists," Ban said.

"I call on Israel to reconsider this decision," Ban said.

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