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UN SRSG to Iraq Condemns Tuz Khurmatu Attack

BAS News - 2017-11-22 09:54
ERBIL — Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Ján Kubiš, strongly condemned Tuesday’s deadly car bomb attack in Tuz Khurmatu district which killed and wounded dozens of people. “Terrorists have struck again in Ir ...

Freedom of Expression Training Takes Place in Dohuk

BAS News - 2017-11-21 18:18
DOHUK (UNAMI) — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office launched a training course in Dohuk for journalists, media workers and civil society activists in the field of freedom of opinion and expression in the Kurdistan R ...

UN Gives Kurdish Teachers Human Rights Training

BAS News - 2017-11-21 01:26
ERBIL (UNAMI) — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education in Kurdistan Region of Iraq organized a four-day training course in Erbil for 23 teacher, including 9 females, ...

Peshmerga Film to Go on Screen at UN

BAS News - 2017-11-20 17:21
ERBIL — Peshmerga Film, a documentary shot by the French director Bernard-Henri Lévy, is set to be screened on Tuesday, November 28, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, in New York. “Both France and UK will host a screening, next November ...

WHO Helps Capacity of Family Physicians in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-11-19 22:00
BAGHDAD, (WHO) – As part of its support to strengthen service delivery for universal health coverage in Iraq, and in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 to achieve universal health coverage by 2030, WHO supported a 4-day training ...

Iraqi Christians Appeal to US, UN for Help

BAS News - 2017-11-19 03:46
DUHOK — Iraqi Christians whom are displaced from there homes in Nineveh Plains have official appealed to the United States and United Nations to help them return to their homes and secure their region, said a Christian representative at Duhok Provincial ...

KRG’s PM receives a letter from UN’s envoy in Iraq

Waar Media - 2017-11-15 18:35
WAAR-DUHOK: The head of the United Nations has expressed his support for constitutionally-based political dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad in a letter to the Kurdistan Region prime minister. The UN’s envoy in Iraq, Jan Kubis, delivered the letter in a ...

Republic of Korea Provides Aid to Syrian Refugees in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-11-09 18:50
BAGHDAD (WFP) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of US$1.5 million from the Republic of Korea that will provide food assistance for some 30,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for two months ...

Number of IDPs from Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu Reaches over 180,000

BAS News - 2017-11-02 21:11
ERBIL — Since the invasion of Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu and other disputed Kurdish territories by the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, a total of 183,000 civilians have been displaced from their homes, the Office of the United Nations Human ...

UNAMI: 358 Civilians Killed or Injured in Iraq in October

BAS News - 2017-11-01 15:31
ERBIL – A total of 114 Iraqi civilians were killed and 244 others injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in October 2017, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The num ...

UNAMI Condemns Killing of Kurdish Journalist

BAS News - 2017-10-30 21:30
BAGHDAD (UNAMI) — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) condemns the killing of a journalist in Kirkuk Governorate today. UNAMI also condemns the assault against a journalist on Sunday in Erbil that left him injured, as well as intimidat ...

UN Special Rapporteur Voices Concern Over Human Rights In Iran

Roji Kurd - 2017-10-27 00:02
Roji Kurd: Asma Jahangir, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran told The Third Committee of the UN, that while Iran was responding to communication from her office, she was deeply concerned about continuation of several systemic vi ...

UN Welcomes Erbil’s Call for Ceasefire with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-10-26 14:14
ERBIL — The United Nations has welcomed an initiative by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to end the military conflicts between thePeshmerga forces and the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi. “The UN is ready to mediate between the sid ...

KRG Calls for UN Investigation into Hashd al-Shaabi Atrocities

BAS News - 2017-10-25 19:56
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has renewed a call on the United Nations and the international community to prevent the Iran-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi from their continuous atrocities against the Kurdish population of are ...

UNAMI Urges De-escalation of Baghdad-Erbil Tensions

BAS News - 2017-10-25 00:54
BAGHDAD (UNAMI) — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has expressed concern over the political and military tensions between Erbil and Baghdad, calling on the sides to de-escalate the conflict and end public inflammatory statements. “T ...

UN Concerned about Violence in Tuz Khurmatu and Kirkuk

BAS News - 2017-10-19 14:58
Hashd al-Shaabi militias are looting and destroying houses of civilians ERBIL — The United Nations is concerned about reports regarding the destruction and looting of houses, businesses and political offices, and forced displacement of civilians, predomi ...

UN Security Council Asks All Sides in Iraq to Refrain from Use of Force

BAS News - 2017-10-19 10:54
ERBIL — The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday expressed concern over recent reports of violence near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. “Council members called on all sides to refrain from the threat and use of force, and to engage in constr ...

Kurdish Referendum for Independence

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
Hiwa Nezhadian | Exclusive to Ekurd.net Since 1945, the end of WWII, about 125 new nations established their own statehood and became independent and approved by the United Nations and the world community, i.e. two thirds of the all nations out of total ...

Letter to UN Secretary over Iraqi Kurdistan referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
Omar Sindi | Exclusive to Ekurd.net The opinions are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of Ekurd.net or its editors. September 22, 2017 Mr. Antonio Guterres Secretary-General United Nations New York, NY 10017 U.S.A. Dear UN Se ...

UNDP: Mosul Is One of Biggest Stabilization Challenges

BAS News - 2017-10-08 14:35
300 projects are underway in Mosul MOSUL — At the request of Iraq, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has established the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) to help rapidly stabilize the areas liberated from the Islamic State (IS). “More t ...

Efforts to find housing places for al-Tabqa’s displaced

ANHA - 2017-10-07 14:40
The Office of Organization Affairs in al-Tabqa Civil Council is studying the establishment of accommodation for the refugees in al-Tabqa which is estimated about 80 thousand, and linked to the agreement with the Office of the United Nations High Commissio ...

Gathering in Erbil Calls on UN to Support Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-04 22:33
ERBIL — Scores of people and members of NGOs gathered on Wednesday in front of the United Nations office in Erbil to call on the international community to support the democratic voice of Kurds. The participants flew colourful balloons and freed white do ...

KRG to HRW: See Baghdad’s Embargo Against People of Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-10-03 00:53
ERBIL — The international community and United Nations’ Human Rights Watch should react to the sanctions imposed by the Iraqi central government against the people of Kurdistan Region, said a Kurdish official. Receiving a HRW delegation on Monday, head o ...

Ex-US Ambassador: Support Kurds, Iraq No Longer Exists

BAS News - 2017-09-30 18:44
ERBIL — Former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, has once again urged Washington to support Kurdistan Region’s move towards independence as the state of Iraq does not exist anymore. “I think the United States should support independence f ...

Kurdistan to Send a Document on Referendum to EP, UN, Congress

BAS News - 2017-09-30 15:48
ERBIL — Kurdish officials are planning to write a document on the outcome of the independence referendum of Kurdistan to be sent to the European Parliament, the United Nations, and US Congress. The Kurdistan Region’s parties are expected to meet for disc ...

UN Says It Remains in Contact with Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-09-29 21:22
ERBIL — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has rejected “malicious” reports claiming that the UN will cut ties with the Kurdistan Region in response to last Monday’s independence vote, calling the reports “untrue”. “Media reports [abo ...

What Will China Do if the U.S. Attacks North Korea?

International Crisis Group - 2017-09-29 16:11
During a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on 19 September 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump warned that if North Korea threatened the United States or its allies, he would “totally destroy” the nation. As tensions continue to rise between Wa ...

UN Offers Mediation Between Erbil and Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-09-29 15:12
ERBIL — As the Iraqi government preparing to practically take action against Kurdistan Region in retaliation for the Monday’s independence referendum, the United Nations has offered to help deescalating the tensions between Erbil and Baghdad. The Special ...

UN warns of 'global learning' crisis

BBC - 2017-09-27 05:40
Six out of 10 young people in the world are failing to reach basic levels of proficiency in learning, warns the United Nations. ...

Trump Should Buck the Consensus on the Kurds

National Review - 2017-09-26 19:43
We all know President Donald Trump isn’t a fan of the foreign-policy establishment, either in Washington or at the United Nations. To the contrary, he delights in confounding the experts and defying the international consensus on a variety of issues. Yet ...

UN warns about Kurdish independence

KurdPress - 2017-09-26 14:22
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has voiced his worries over the “potentially destabilizing effects” of a controversial referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region from Iraq’s central government. ...

UN Activities in Kurdistan to Continue “Unhindered”: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-09-25 21:56
ERBIL — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expects that United Nations mandated activities across Iraq, including in the Kurdistan Region, will be allowed to continue unhindered, said a spokesperson. Following the end of Kurdistan Region’s ...

Barzani to UN: Too Late for Suggesting Alternatives

BAS News - 2017-09-24 22:12
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani asked the United Nations and international community to not suggest Erbil any alternatives to the planned independence referendum as the vote will not be delayed. The remarks, according to Barzani’s senio ...

At UN Assembly, Iraq outlines vision for post-conflict reconstruction

United Nations - 2017-09-24 09:10
Iraq is an independent sovereign federal State following democratic processes which have enabled all its people to participate in society, said the country’s top foreign affairs official at the United Nations General Assembly, expressing opposition to a ...

Violations against Iranian Kurds and Ahwazis raised at UNGA meeting

Roji Kurd - 2017-09-23 00:04
Roji Kurd; On the sidelines of the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Symposium titled Violations of Rights of non-Persian ethnicities by the Iranian State ‘ has been held. The Tuesday event was organized by the Ahwazi Organization ...

UN Security Council expresses concern over Kurdistan Referendum

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-23 00:02
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday voiced concerns over the Sep. 25 referendum in the Kurdistan Region, claiming it would destabilize the region. “The members of the Security Council expressed c ...

KRG welcomes decision to establish team to investigate ISIS crimes

KRG-Spain - 2017-09-23 00:02
Today the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted to establish a team to assist Iraq in investigating ISIS crimes and holding the terrorist group accountable for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. A Special Adviser will be appoin ...

Kuwait to Host Donors Conference on Rebuilding Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-21 14:30
ERBIL — Kuwait is planning to host an international donors conference to gain support for Iraq rebuild the areas it has liberated form the Islamic State (IS),the Kuwaiti Prime Minister told the United Nations General Assembly today. “The position of the ...

“I’m speaking with Malala in New York City”

Malala - 2017-09-21 04:05
Marie Claire and Najlaa join Malala on her last Girl Power Trip stop to deliver a message from girls at the United Nations (From left) Najlaa, Malala and Marie Claire prepare to speak in New York.By Marie Claire In April, I met Malala when she visited La ...

UNAMI: IS Terrorists Continue to Kill Despite Defeat on the Battlefield

BAS News - 2017-09-18 12:02
BAGHDAD (UNAMI) — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has been informed of an explosion that killed a number of people, including members of the Popular Mobilization Units and civilians, in a village west of Mosul today. The explosion ...

Barzani to UN Envoy: Referendum Will Not Be Postponed

BAS News - 2017-09-11 18:24
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President restated on Monday that the vote on the independence of the Kurdistan Region will be held as scheduled on 25th September. President Barzani received the Special Representative of the United Nations in Iraq, Jan Kubis on ...

Syrian opposition must accept it has not won the war: UN

KurdPress - 2017-09-07 10:34
United Nations Special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday, September 6, Syria's opposition must accept that they have not won the six-and-a-half year war against President Bashar al-Assad. ...

UK Provides More Financial Support to UNMAS in Iraq

BAS News - 2017-09-06 00:26
ERBIL — The UK contributed an additional £4 million ($5.22 million) towards the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) programme in Iraq, allowing the clearance of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to continue in areas newly liberated from the Isla ...

UN Casualty Figures for Iraq for the Month of August

BAS News - 2017-09-01 12:41
BAGHDAD, (UNAMI) — A total of 125 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 188 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in August 2017, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAM ...

Turkish Refugee High Commissioner: 36,000 Asylum Seekers Waiting and Unclear

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-29 02:02
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, quoted by the High Commissioner for Refugees, the largest human rights organization affiliated with the United Nations: 36,000 cases of Iranian refugees, Afghans, Syria, Somalia and other ...

UN: Half of Remaining Civilians in Raqqa Are Children

BAS News - 2017-08-27 22:10
ERBIL — The United Nations (UN) said on Sunday that at least half of the initially estimated 20,000 civilians still trapped in Raqqa are children. According to Fran Equiza, an official working with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), around 10,0 ...

UN Calls for Pause of Airstrikes in Raqqa for Civilian Evacuation

BAS News - 2017-08-25 00:06
ERBIL — The United Nations (UN) called on the US-led coalition to pause airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, in order to give civilians a chance to escape. The UN call came on Thursday, after several reports were released, saying ...

UNAMI Urges Parliament to Select New IHEC Board of Commissioners

BAS News - 2017-08-21 18:54
ERBIL— The United Nations' Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) urged on Sunday the Iraqi lawmakers to select a new Board of Commissioners for the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) before its term expires in September this year. UNAMI announced ...

UAE pushes for better ties with cleric Sadr amid efforts to contain Iran

Waar Media - 2017-08-15 12:37
WAAR-DUHOK: The United Arab Emirates signaled its desire to strengthen ties with Iraq during weekend talks with influential Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr as part of efforts by Sunni nations of the Middle East to halt Iran’s growing regional influe ...

UN Increases Humanitarian Support for Returning Mosul Civilians

BAS News - 2017-08-12 19:30
ERBIL — The United Nations (UN) is increasing humanitarian aid for thousands of Iraqi civilians returning to the recently liberated parts of Mosul after the declared victory over the Islamic State (IS), an UN official said on Saturday. The spokesperson o ...

UN Prepares to Evacuate Civilians From Tel Afar Before Imminent Assault

BAS News - 2017-08-08 23:36
ERBIL — The United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq announced on Tuesday that preparations are underway to evacuate civilians ahead of a military operation in Tel Afar. UN's aid coordinator for Iraq, Lisa Grande said the organization's team ...

UN Commends KRG for Defending Yezidis

BAS News - 2017-08-03 20:23
ERBIL — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq has valued the efforts by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to shelter and protect thousands of Kurdish Yezidis and other religious or ethnic minorities from the Islamic State (IS). The following i ...

Over 500 Iraqis Killed, Injured in July Only

BAS News - 2017-08-01 13:18
BAGHDAD — A total of 241 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 277 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in the month of July 2017, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UN ...

UNAMI to Appoint a Representative of Faliy Kurds to the Mission

BAS News - 2017-07-31 12:07
ERBIL — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, decided to appoint a representative of Faily Kurds to the UN in Iraq. On Sunday, a delegation from the Supreme Coordinating Board of the Faily Kurds met with ...

UN, WHO, Iraqi Gov. Design Health Strategy

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:45
BAGHDAD — Under the Patronage of the Minister of Health and Environment, Adeelah Hamoud Hussien, Public Health Directorate (PHD) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nation ...

France Contributes $3.5 Million to WFP to Help Iraqi Families

BAS News - 2017-07-19 00:15
IZMIR — The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) received on Tuesday, a contribution of $3.5 million from the Government of France, to be used for the assistance programme supporting families affected by conflict in Iraq. The new contribution f ...

IS Vicious Attacks Continue Targeting Mosul Civilians

BAS News - 2017-07-19 00:15
IZMIR — Civilians in Mosul and other parts of Iraq continue suffering from vicious attacks carried out by the Islamic State (IS), the United Nations (UN) envoy for Iraq said on Monday. Jan Kubis told the UN Security Council on Monday, that IS supporters ...

Over 500 Iraqi Children Killed, Injured in First Half of 2017

BAS News - 2017-07-17 00:27
ERBIL — The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that 506 children were killed or injured during the military conflicts between the Iraqi army and Islamic State (IS) militants during the first half of 2017. The Chief of Field Operation at ...

Iranian FM leaves for New York

KurdPress - 2017-07-13 11:58
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for New York early Thursday morning, July 13, to partake in the United Nations' High-Level Political Forum 2017, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said. ...

UN Ready to Support Iraqi Government in Post-IS Process

BAS News - 2017-07-11 01:22
ERBIL — The United Nations (UN) are ready to support the Iraqi government in the post-Islamic State (IS) process, aiming to establish safe conditions for all displaced civilians to return to their homes in western Mosul, UN Secretary-General's spokespers ...

UNHCR Renews Concerns Over Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-10 18:35
MOSUL — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released a statement on Monday, expressing its concerns over the hundreds of thousands of people, who have been displaced, killed or injured during the military operations in western Mosul ...

20,000 Civilians Remain Trapped Inside IS-held Areas in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-06 23:22
MOSUL — About 20,000 civilians remain trapped inside the last pockets controlled by the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul's Old City, a senior United Nations (UN) official said. According to Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, who spoke to AFP on ...

3.5 Million Iraqis Suffering from "Fragile" Food Supplies Situation

BAS News - 2017-07-02 23:01
ERBIL — The food supply situation for 3.5 million Iraqi civilians remains “fragile”, a United Nations (UN) official in Iraq said on Sunday. Fadel al-Zubi, representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said in a statement that nearly 3 ...

UNAMI: 415 People Died in Iraq in June Alone

BAS News - 2017-07-02 02:20
SOFIA — The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) released a report on Saturday, saying 415 people were killed, whereas 300 others were injured in "acts of terrorism and violence", as well as armed conflicts on the territory of Iraq, during ...

US issues new visa criteria for 6 Muslim nations

Waar Media - 2017-06-29 08:34
WAAR-DUHOK: The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States. The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored Pr ...

Pentagon clarifies warning to Syria against use of chemical weapons

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-28 12:49
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley holds up photos of victims of the Syrian chemical attack during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at UN headquarters, April 5, 2017, in New York City. (Photo: Getty Images) ...
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