17 Mar 2021

A Breakthrough for U.N. Governance of Cyberspace

This past weekend, a United Nations group adopted a breakthrough consensus report on standards for responsible state behavior when it comes to cyberspace. Although the report itself contains no groundbreaking norms, the consensus represents a universal recognization for a need to establish cyberspace rules. This idea has been faced with

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05 Mar 2021

U.N. condemns up to 23 killings in Iran’s border area with Pakistan

At least 12 people have been killed on the border of Pakistan and Iran, according to a statement made by the UN on Friday. The border is located in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, where Iranian security forces and Revolutionary guards have allegedly used lethal force against fuel couriers from ethnic minorities.

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17 Feb 2021

UN to question UAE about Dubai ruler’s daughter

The United Nations plans to raise the issue of the alleged detention of Princess Latifa, the daughter of Dubai’s ruler, with the United Arab Emirates. Princess Latifa has accused her father of holding her hostage in Dubai for three years via a series of troubling videos shared with news outlet

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01 Feb 2021

Thailand Targets Pro-Democracy Protesters in Sweeping Legal Dragnet

Hundreds of thousands of students marched in Thailand’s student-organized protests last year to demand reforms to the government. The democracy movement now is battling criminal prosecutions. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of Thailand threatens to use “all laws and all articles” against the dissenters from the street rallies. Dozens of protestors

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18 Dec 2020

Mozambique’s Islamist insurgency, UN warns of rising violence in Cabo Delgado

The UN has released warnings of heightened violence in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, due to Islamic State activity. According to the United Nations, the number of refugees coming from northern Mozambique has quadrupled this year, totaling 420,000. The refugees are fleeing their homes due to conflict, starvation, and terrorism. A senior

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08 Dec 2020

UN upset that aid still blocked to Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Humanitarian officials working in the United Nations have claimed they still don’t have access to the Tigray region of Ethiopia, more than a week after Ethiopia and the UN signed a deal to allow aid to enter the region on November 29. Fighting between the Ethiopian government and Tigray has

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02 Dec 2020

UN, Ethiopia sign deal for aid access to embattled Tigray

The United Nations and the Ethiopian government have signed a deal to allow for the Tigray region to receive humanitarian aid following weeks of conflict and casualties. The deal was signed over the weekend and allows for unimpeded humanitarian access for areas under federal control. Although the Prime Minister of

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20 Nov 2020

UN condemns detention of human rights advocates in Egypt

The UN’s human rights agency has publicly condemned Egypt’s arrest of three members of a top rights group, calling the arrests human rights violations. The UN also accused Egypt of targeting activities to promote a weak civil society. The arrested men include Gasser Abdel-Razek, the head of the Egyptian Initiative

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06 Nov 2020

UN and EU slam Israel after West Bank demolition leaves 73 Palestinians homeless

The United Nations and the European Union have heavily condemned the demolition of a large portion of a Palestinian community on behalf of the Israeli military. The community, which is located in the West Bank, has left 73 people, including 41 children, homeless during a pandemic. The UN criticized the

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13 Oct 2020

UN warns that world risks becoming ‘uninhabitable hell’ for millions unless leaders take climate action

On Monday, the United Nations released a statement documenting a dramatic increase in natural disasters occurring over the past two decades due to the current climate crisis the world is facing. Researchers at the UN declared that political and business leaders have failed in taking meaningful action to mitigate the

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