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UN chief Ban Ki-moon says human rights ‘under attack’ everywhere

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UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Wednesday that human rights were “under attack” throughout the world as he opened the General Assembly debate.

“From barrel bombs to beheadings, from the deliberate starvation of civilians to the assault on hospitals, UN shelters and aid convoys, human rights and the rule of law are under attack,” the UN chief told the 193-nation Assembly.

Ban cited the “new depths of barbarity” carried out by extremists in Syria and Iraq and drew up a long list of world crises: the war in Gaza, fighting in Ukraine, South Sudan and Central African Republic.

“It has been a terrible year for the principles enshrined in the United Nations charter” that puts peace and security at the center of its mission, said Ban.

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