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July 20, 2016 - The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers in her recent report on Guinea-Bissau, after a visit to the country last year, concluded that there is “rampant impunity, high political instability and widespread corruption, particularly within the justice system, although difficult to assess.”

Bissau, 1 July (UNIOGBIS/PIU) – The round of regional conferences on national reconciliation will end this weekend in Bissau and Biombo regions. On 2-3 July, on three separate meetings, hundreds of participants will discuss the preliminary conclusions on roots of conflict and possible solutions, raise issues and make suggestions to be considered in the final report to be adopted by the entire country at the upcoming National Conference later this year.

Bissau, 27 June (UNIOGBIS/PIU) – The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was marked on 26 June with the United Nations Secretary-General stressing that the challenges posed by the world drug problem require a global response that is simultaneously effective, compassionate and humane.

Bissau, June 7, 2016 - We are in the middle of the child fortnight which runs from 1 to 16 June, and includes the celebrations of the International Children's Day on 1June, World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June, and African Child Day on 16 June. The Children's Parliament of Guinea-Bissau seized the opportunity to warn that "the rights of the Guinean children continue to be violated" and to called on the leaders of the country consider the good of future generations."

Bissau, 3 June 2016 (UNIOGBIS) - World Environment Day celebration on 5 June focuses on wildlife illegal trade. According to the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations and many of its partners have decided to tackle this illegal trade by establishing clear goals to end poaching in the new Sustainable Development Goals, approved last year by all 193 Member States.

New York/Bissau, 16 June (UNIOGBIS) – The Security Council issued a press statement on 15 June following the briefing by the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea Bissau (UNIOGBIS), Mr. Modibo Ibrahim Touré, on the situation in Guinea-Bissau.

Geneva/Bissau, 15 June (UNIOGBIS/PIU) - The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, presented her report today to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on her mission to Guinea-Bissau in October 2015 at the invitation of the State’s authorities. The document portrays a bleak picture of the judicial system in the country.

14 June 2016 – The longer the political crisis continues in Guinea Bissau, the more likely the country could see setbacks to its development and economic gains, warned the head of the United Nations peacebuilding office there, urging the Security Council to pay greater attention to the situation.

27 May 2016 – In the wake of protests in Guinea-Bissau, United Nations Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon today urged all political stakeholders and their supporters to act responsibly, refrain from violence and avoid an escalation of the situation by settling their concerns through dialogue.