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07/19/2019

International Court of Justice orders Pakistan to review death penalty for Indian accused of spying In a ruling delivered on Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Pakistan to review a death sentence handed down in the case of a...
20:14, 07/17/2019

Threat from petty criminals who turn to terrorism, a growing concern, Security Council hears The less predictable threats represented by small-time criminals who have opportunistically embraced terrorism, are a source of growing concern, the ...
23:42, 07/09/2019

Homicide kills far more people than armed conflict, new UN study shows Some 464,000 people across the world were victims of homicidal violence in 2017, more than five times the number killed in armed conflict over the sa...
17:00, 07/08/2019

Venezuela: ‘Shocked’ by alleged torture, death of navy captain, UN human rights chief urges ‘in-depth’ investigation The UN human rights chief has expressed her deep concern over the alleged torture and subsequent death of a retired navy captain who had been impriso...
22:42, 07/02/2019

Two-thirds of global drug deaths now from opioids: UN drugs report Opioids, which include both heroin and legal pain relievers, were responsible for around two-thirds of drug-related deaths in 2017, a new UN report r...
21:42, 06/26/2019

Peace in the Gulf ‘at a critical juncture’ says DiCarlo, urging continuation of Iran nuclear deal The Iran nuclear deal must “continue to work for all”, despite moves by both the United States and Iran which have destabilized the “hard-won” 2015 a...
21:42, 06/26/2019

Moratorium call on surveillance technology to end ‘free-for-all’ abuses: UN expert Surveillance technology should be banned immediately until “effective” national or international controls are put in place to lessen its harmful impa...
18:56, 06/25/2019

The UN’s unyielding effort to tackle sexual abuse and exploitation: our quarterly update In the first quarter of 2019, according to latest figures released on Thursday, the United Nations recorded a total of 37 allegations of sexual explo...
22:14, 05/30/2019

Nearly 900 children released by north-east Nigeria armed group The decision by a large armed group based in north-east Nigeria to release nearly 900 youngsters has been welcomed by UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, whi...
22:42, 05/10/2019

UN launches innovative programme to detect and disrupt terrorist travel A new programme aimed at improving the tracking of suspected terrorists, using state-of-the-art software, was launched by the UN Office of Counter-Te...
21:42, 05/07/2019

Amending Guatemala ‘reconciliation law’ would lead to unjust amnesty, warns Bachelet A bid to give amnesty to all those found guilty of grave human rights crimes during Guatemala’s decades-long civil war, by amending the National Reco...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Security Council should ‘nurture’ Colombian consensus against return to violence, top UN official urges Two years after the signing of the historic peace agreement in Colombia and following a recent escalation of violence, the newly-appointed representa...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Central African Republic militia leader and football executive, transferred to ICC Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona, the coordinator of a mainly Christian militia faction in the Central African Republic and a senior African football execut...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Venezuela: At least 20 dead, situation could ‘rapidly spiral out of control’ warns UN rights chief UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet warned on Friday that the situation in Venezuela could “rapidly spiral out of control”, amid ongoing deadly v...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Human trafficking cases hit a 13-year record high, new UN report shows The latest Global Report On Trafficking In Persons, released on Tuesday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at UN headquarters in...
18:14, 04/28/2019

UN chief welcomes new Government in Lebanon, after eight-month impasse United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed, on Friday, the announcement of a new Government in Lebanon; the result of eight months of...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Piracy and high seas crime growing, becoming more sophisticated, UN Security Council told International maritime crime is becoming “increasingly sophisticated” as criminal groups exploit jurisdiction and enforcement challenges on the high ...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Parliamentary bid to democratize Myanmar constitution a ‘positive development’ says UN rights expert A newly formed parliamentary committee to amend Myanmar’s problematic constitution was welcomed as a positive move on Thursday by Yanghee Lee, United...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Evidence shows ‘brutal’ killing of Saudi journalist ‘planned and perpetrated’ by State officials: UN independent expert Evidence collected in Turkey shows on initial examination, that former dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of “a brutal and preme...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Despite falling attacks, ISIL terrorists remain ‘global threat’: UN report Though attacks were down last year, a new United Nations report to the Security Council on Monday shows that ISIL is still a global threat, despite e...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Protests, violence in Haiti prompts international call for ‘realistic and lasting solutions’ to crisis Opposition-led protests in Haiti calling for the president to step down, which sparked violence last week, have prompted a group of senior diplomats,...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Top UN court rules it has jurisdiction to hear Iranian claim against US over frozen assets The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Wednesday that is has the jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United St...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Rights of ‘gilets jaunes’ protesters in France, ‘disproportionately curtailed’, say UN independent experts French protesters’ rights have been “disproportionately curtailed” during the wave of recent “gilet jaunes”, or yellow jacket demonstrations across t...
18:14, 04/28/2019

‘Endemic’ sexual violence surging in South Sudan: UN human rights office A surge in sexual violence in South Sudan’s Unity state targeting victims as young as eight years old, has prompted a call from the UN human rights o...
18:14, 04/28/2019

‘Maintain calm’ and ‘exercise patience’ UN envoy urges, as Nigeria heads to polls As Nigerians get ready to head to the polls on Saturday, the Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), described the pre-election...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Laws must protect, ‘not reject’ says UNAIDS chief on Zero Discrimination Day Discriminatory laws and practices that bar access to health and other services must be changed, the United Nations agency leading the fight against H...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Voters head to polls with expectation of ‘peaceful, free and fair' elections: UN News special report from Guinea-Bissau After months of preparation by hundreds of national and international officials, including the United Nations, around 760,000 registered voters from ...
18:14, 04/28/2019

United States: UN human rights office welcomes California moratorium on death penalty The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has welcomed the signing of an executive order by the Governor of California, in the United States, to impose a mo...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Drug laws must be amended to ‘combat racial discrimination’, UN experts say At every stage of the criminal justice system, people of African descent around the world are discriminated against, including death sentencing for d...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Gender equality, justice in law and practice: Essential for sustainable development Fundamentally linked to human development, gender justice requires ending inequality and redressing existing disparities between women and men, accor...
18:14, 04/28/2019

UN expert condemns new sentence for jailed Venezuelan judge as ‘another instance of reprisal’ Maria Lourdes Afiuni, a jailed Venezuelan judge arrested ten years ago, has been slapped with a further five-year sentence, prompting a UN human righ...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Mali’s ‘self-defence’ groups must face justice, after deadly intercommunal attacks Mali’s authorities have been urged by the UN to provide justice for the victims and survivors of attacks by so-called self-defence groups, responsibl...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Khashoggi murder trials must be public and meet international standards, UN expert urges A United Nations human rights expert said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia’s closed-door trials of those it accuses of assassinating the dissident journ...
18:14, 04/28/2019

‘Address root causes’ of instability in Mali through ‘aid and support’ urges UN chief Appearing before the Security Council on Friday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the only way to prevent increased violence and insta...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Brunei’s new penal code would enshrine ‘cruel and inhuman punishments’ UN rights chief warns Proposed changes to Brunei’s penal code to incorporate punishments under a strict interpretation of Islamic law - including death by stoning - should...
18:14, 04/28/2019

UN agencies urge Brunei to repeal new ‘extreme and unjustified’ penal code New criminal laws in Brunei that impose the death penalty for same-sex relationships, adultery and childbirth out of marriage, “breach international ...
18:14, 04/28/2019

Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report Torture is likely still widespread in Afghanistan’s State-run prisons for detainees linked to ongoing conflict there, the UN said on Wednesday, while...
18:14, 04/28/2019

UN rights chief ‘strongly’ condemns ‘shocking’ mass executions in Saudi Arabia Despite repeated appeals by the United Nations human rights system, Saudi Arabia’s decision to go ahead with the beheading of 37 men, drew strong con...
18:14, 04/28/2019