News in Brief 14 September 2015 (AM)

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Killing of two media workers in Pakistan condemned

The killing of two media workers in Pakistan on 9 September has been condemned by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

Arshad Ali Jaffari, a satellite broadcast engineer was killed in Karachi when gunmen fired on a broadcast van in which he was working.

A few hours later in the same city, reporter Aftab Alam was shot while driving a car near his home.

Reacting to the deaths, UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, said that violence and fear must not be allowed to prevent journalists and media workers from doing their work.

Migrant conditions in Italy to be investigated by torture committee

The treatment and conditions of detention of migrants in Italy are to be investigated by human rights experts of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture.

The committee is due to visit a variety of facilities used to detain migrants across the country from Wednesday.

More than 115,000 migrants from the Middle East and Africa have reportedly arrived in Italy so far this year.

The UN said the experts will conduct private and confidential interviews with people deprived of their liberty.

The committee chief said it would work with the Italian authorities to support their efforts to strengthen the protection of migrants.

“Respect” urged for Jerusalem’s holy sites

Concern has been raised by the United Nations over violence in and around the holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov urged respect for what he called “the sanctity of the area” during Jewish and Muslim holy days.

The appeal comes in the wake of reported clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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