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DAILY WRAP 25 October 2018

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FROM THE FIELD: Enslaved Guatemalan indigenous women wait for reparationsFifteen Guatemalan women from the Q’eqchi indigenous group, who were enslaved and raped by the military during the Central American country’s 36-year-long civil conflict, are still waiting for hard-won reparations to materialize.

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‘Essential step’ towards universal health care made at pivotal UN conferenceUnited Nations Member States have unanimously vowed to strengthen primary health care, as an “essential step” towards achieving universal health coverage for all.

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Oslo leads the way in ‘Breathe Life’ campaign for cleaner cities in climate change eraNorway’s capital Oslo is paving a fossil-free, electrified, path in its push toward improving air quality, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced.

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‘Crippling to our credibility’ that number of women peacekeepers is so low: UN chiefDespite greater participation of women in building and sustaining peace and the recognition from all quarters of the value they bring, the realities on the ground show that much more remains to be done, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told Security Council members on Thursday.

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UN rights chief denounces Burundi for ‘belligerent and defamatory’ attack on inquiry teamThe top United Nations human rights official has called on Burundi to “immediately retract” its threat to try and prosecute members of a UN Commission of Inquiry into rights abuses in the central African nation.

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‘Deteriorating’ human rights in Belarus amounts to ‘wholescale oppression’: UN expertA crackdown on free speech is the latest worrying development amid the deteriorating, “wholescale oppression” of human rights in Belarus, an independent expert told the UN General Assembly, on Thursday.

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