News in brief 04 March 2015 (AM)

4 Mar 2015

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Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen Jamal Benomar. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz (file)

UN-brokered negotiations in Yemen are progressing
Progress is being made in Yemen towards peaceful dialogue, according to the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser in the country.
Jamal Benomar briefed the Security Council on Tuesday, warning that there are extremists within many sides who want  these negotiations to fail.
He added that any side that would want to pursue a military solution would be inviting a protracted conflict in the vein of a Libya- or Syria-like scenario.
Yemen has experienced deepening instability and widespread violence following the political turmoil that started with protests in 2011.
Well-being of South Sudanese should be ahead of all other interests
The well-being of South Sudanese people needs to be ahead of all other interests, according to the UN Secretary-General.
Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the country’s President, Salva Kiir, and former Vice President Riek Machar to make the necessary compromises to conclude a power sharing agreement.
The deadline set for the conclusion of the South Sudan negotiations to end an ongoing conflict since December 2013 is set for 5 March.
New bill to repeal restrictive laws regulating protests in Australia
A new bill by the Victoria State’s government in Australia to repeal restrictive laws regulating protests in the country has been welcomed by a UN human rights expert.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, Maina Kiai, said public space must be made available for individuals and groups in order for them to exercise their fundamental freedoms.
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