News in Brief 24 July 2015 (AM)

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Hospital in Somalia. UN File Photo/Tobin Jones

Somalia facing cuts in health services

Somalia is facing cuts in health services due to a lack of international funding, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

The agency said that over the past three months, at least 10 hospitals in the Horn of Africa country have either been closed or have majorly curtailed their services.

Despite continued early warnings and appeals for funding, WHO said that health services are currently funded at 8.5 per cent, the lowest since 2008.

New Cambodian law threatens free and independent civil society

A draft law on associations and NGOs adopted by the Cambodian parliament threatens the existence of a free and independent civil society, according to the UN human rights office, OHCHR.

The law which has to be considered by the country’s Constitutional Council, allows the authorities to de-register associations that they consider not to be politically neutral.

OHCHR said the legislation was “very detrimental” and urged the Council to reject the bill.

Suicide attacks in Cameroon condemned by UN chief

Twin suicide bombings in the city of Maroua, in northern Cameroon which killed at least 13 people, have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

The attacks took place close to the Nigerian border where the outlawed Boko Haram group is most active.

Ban Ki-moon reiterated his support for Cameroon and other countries in the region and encouraged them to strengthen their cooperation in addressing the threat posed by Boko Haram.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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