31 Aug 2018

U.N. calls on China to free Uighurs from alleged re-education camps

“United Nations’ human rights experts voiced alarm on Thursday over alleged Chinese political re-education camps for Muslim Uighurs and they called for the immediate release of those detained on the ‘pretext of countering terrorism’. The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination cited estimates that up to one million

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29 Aug 2018

Mattis: US Troops Can’t Leave Syria Until UN Peace Talks Advance

“In March, President Donald Trump said that ‘very soon’ he would bring U.S. troops home from Syria. Today, his defense secretary suggested any such drawdown remains far off. In a rare Pentagon press conference, James Mattis said a drawdown must wait for more diplomatic progress toward a United Nations-negotiated peace in

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27 Aug 2018

Myanmar Generals Should Face Genocide Charges, U.N. Panel Says

“Myanmar’s army commander and other top generals should face trial in an international court for genocide against Rohingya Muslims and for crimes against humanity targeting other ethnic minorities, United Nations experts said on Monday after a yearlong investigation. Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the commander in chief of Myanmar’s army,

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14 Aug 2018

China May Be Holding 1 Million Uighurs in Camps, UN Experts Say

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has cited reports indicating that China is holding up to 1 million Muslim Uighurs in “something resembling a massive internment camp, shrouded in secrecy.” The Western Chinese region of Xinjiang is the size of Alaska and among the most strictly policed

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20 Jul 2018

UN: $24.2 billion needed for humanitarian assistance in 2018

The Global Humanitarian Overview 2018 published by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has estimated a global need of $24.2 billion in humanitarian assistance and protection for 128 million people. Key drivers of the increasing projections are the ongoing refugee crisis, with 22.5 million currently registered

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11 Jul 2018

Stop the $50bn illegally leaving Africa annually, UN chief tasks international community

$50 billion leaves Africa illegally every year through activities like money-laundering, tax evasion, and misinvoicing. The UN Secretary-General has highlighted this statistic and urged the international community to implement better policies to help curb the issue that is closely connected to development struggles.   Source: Stop $50bn illegally leaving Africa

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25 Jun 2018

Venezuela crisis: UN says security forces killed hundreds

In a recent UN report dismissed by the Venezuelan government as lies, the UN accuses Venezuelan security forces of carrying out hundreds of killings under the pretense of fighting crime. Accountability and the rule of law in the country has been described as “virtually absent” by the UN human rights

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20 Jun 2018

UN Chief: Record Number of Countries Involved in Violent Conflicts

“The number of countries involved in ‘violent conflicts’ is the highest in 30 years, while the number of people killed in conflicts has risen tenfold since 2005, the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday. Antonio Guterres added that the number of ‘violent situations’ classifiable as wars, based on the number of casualties,

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20 Jun 2018

U.S. leaves U.N. Human Rights Council

Calling it a “cesspool of political bias,” a “hypocritical and self-serving organization” that “makes a mockery of human rights,” the US envoy to the UN has withdrawn the country from the United Nations Human Rights Council. The US Secretary of State also denounced the council as a “protector of human

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18 Jun 2018

UN may take over besieged Yemen port

Ongoing talks between the UN and other actors are discussing the possibility of a UN-takover of Hodeidah, where it would administer the movement of humanitarian and commercial goods in and out of the port that supplies over 70% of Yemen’s essential goods. The deal would prevent the Iranian-backed Houthis from

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