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Hi, this is Pip. We’re covering an update to the UN Human Rights Council yesterday which found that crimes against humanity may have been committed in Belarus and Venezuela. Over in New York, the UN has kicked off its water conference. We find out why it took half a century to reconvene talks on the issue, and why it has become so critical for so many people. And in other news, a flare-up of fighting in Yemen has raised fears that a period of relative calm could be nearing an end.

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Belarusian authorities have cracked down on opposition in the country since protests erupted against President Lukashenko’s 30-year rule in 2020. (Keystone/AP Photo)

UN finds possible ‘crimes against humanity’ in Belarus, Venezuela, Iran. The UN Human Rights Council heard on Wednesday that authorities in Belarus and Venezuela may have committed crimes against humanity. Deputy high commissioner Nada Al-Nashif cited “systematic, gross and widespread” violations against civilians and opposition figures in Belarus since the 2020 election, while an independent fact-finding mission said there were reasonable grounds to believe crimes against humanity had also been committed by authorities in Venezuela. It comes days after a UN expert told the council on Monday that crimes of the same nature may have been committed in Iran during the brutal repression since protests erupted in the country in September.

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