A handout picture released by the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) shows Suleiman Fatul Saim, 10, from Dar al-Salam in North Darfur, posing for a picture in El-Fasher, the administrative capital of North Darfur. Suleiman suffered burns to more than 90 percent of his body when his brother detonated a device found near their house in November 2006 as they planned to celebrate the victory of their football team in an accident that left one of their friends dead. From aircraft bombs to cluster munitions and grenades, the Ordnance Disposal Office of the international peacekeeping force in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur has found and destroyed them all. But for every piece of unexploded weaponry the ODO eliminates, worsening fighting means that other munitions will take their place, posing a threat to farmers and peacekeepers alike. Read more
Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue party (CNRP) at a protest in Phnom Penh. The party rejected the official results of the fifth national assembly elections, which declared Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s party as winner, and called for mass demonstrations to support a petition to the United Nations.
A Tibetan activist outside the UN offices in Geneva bears the names on his back of protesters who have died from self-immolation – setting fire to themselves. The protest took place as China was set to undergo a widely anticipated review of its rights record before the UN Human Rights Council, something required of each of the UN’s 193 member states every four years. Read more
Parachuters in southern Seoul practising for a show on Armed Forces Day. The government designated October 1 as the Armed Forces Day to commemorate the date in 1950 when United Nations troops pushed back North Koreans past the 38th parallel that bisects the Korean Peninsula since then, the Yonhap news agency reported. Read more
An Indian Central Reserve Police Force soldier takes a break as he sits behind his fellows during the passing-out parade ceremony of 945 recruits in Bangalore, India, on Tuesday. CRPF is one of the largest paramilitary forces in the world with more than 250,000 personnel. Read more
Iranian police on Wednesday stand in front of a cloud of smoke during an incineration ceremony of about 100 tons of illicit drugs, an annual ritual in Tehran aimed at preventing drug trafficking and drug use. The drugs, mainly opium and morphine, were set ablaze in front of police and judiciary officials as well as a number of foreign dignitaries and UN officials
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People visit the Luminarium, an inflatable sculpture of British artist Alan Parkinson, before its opening at the grounds of the UN European headquarters in Geneva. Until June 14, diplomats, UN officials, school children and communities will be able to go inside the 1,000 square metre structure, financed by the United Kingdom Mission to the UN, to think more creatively about how to make the work of the Human Rights Council better understood through discussions and art performances.
An Indian man dries plastic bags for reuse at an industrial area on the outskirts of Jammu, India, on Wednesday. The UN celebrates World Environment Day on June 5 to stimulate global awareness on environmental issues Read more
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Rohingya women sit in front of their relief tent at the Mansi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe on Wednesday. A cyclone threatening to lash low-lying coastal areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar appears to have weakened, but still poses a risk to more than 8 million people, according to the UN. Read more
Window cleaners clean windows on the United Nations European headquarters building in Geneva.