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50 prisoners in Iraq face possible execution on Monday following unfair trials: UN

50 prisoners in Iraq face possible execution on Monday following conviction on terrorism-related crimes in unfair trials, according to the United Nations human rights experts. In a joint statement released on Friday, UN experts urged the Baghdad government to immediately halt all mass executions, noting that 21 prisoners had been executed in October, followed by […]

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United Nations human rights experts oppose China’s National Security Legislation on Hong Kong

United Nations human rights experts in a letter to China, have strongly condemned the imposition of the National Security Legislation on Hong Kong. The National Security Legislation was widely criticised since it was imposed by Beijing in June after months of huge pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last year. In a 14-page letter experts said the […]

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Thirteen off 15 U.N. Security Council members oppose United States’ push for Iran sanctions

The United States was isolated over its bid to re-impose international sanctions on Iran with 13 countries on the 15-member U.N. Security Council expressing their opposition. With 24 hours after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he triggered a 30-day countdown to a return of U.N. sanctions on Iran, including an arms embargo, long-time […]

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United States urges United Nations to restore sanctions against Iran

United States on Thursday formally began the process of re-imposing sanctions on Iran, a contested move that widens a rift with its European allies and threatens the nuclear deal with Tehran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo submitted a letter to the president of the UN Security Council notifying him of Iran’s “significant” non-compliance with the […]

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United Nations tribunal convicts 1 Hezbollah member in ex-Lebanon PM’s killing

A special United Nations backed court on Tuesday convicted a Hezbollah member of conspiracy to kill former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in a 2005 bombing that set the stage for years of confrontation between Lebanon’s rival political forces. The tribunal found  insufficient evidence against three other men charged as accomplices in the bombing and […]

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United Nations Human Rights sets up inquiry into the death of George Floyd

U.N. Human Rights Council condemned discriminatory and violent policing after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month and ordered a report on “systemic racism” against people of African descent. The 47-member-state forum unanimously adopted a resolution brought by African countries. The mandate also asks U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to examine […]

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Mexico, India, Ireland, Norway elected to U.N. Security Council

Mexico, India, Ireland and Norway were elected to the United Nations Security Council. But the 193 U.N. member states must return on Thursday to continue voting to fill one more vacant seat after there was no clear winner. Canada lost out to Ireland and Norway in a hotly contested election that included Ireland enlisting the […]

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George Floyd’s brother asks United Nations to investigate killing of black people at the hands of US police

The brother of George Floyd, whose death last month triggered mass anti-racism protests, has asked the UN to investigate the killing of black people at the hands of US police. Philonise Floyd told the UN Human Rights Council the whole world saw how his brother was tortured and killed. He said this proved that black […]

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Extreme poverty could rise to over one billion people due to coronavirus crisis: Report

Global poverty could rise to over one billion people due to the COVID-19 pandemic and more than half of the 395 million additional extreme poor would be located in South Asia, which would be the hardest-hit region in the world, according to a new report. Researchers from King’s College London and Australian National University published […]

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China asks United States to pay $2.49 billion it dues to the United Nations

China on Friday issued a statement calling on all UN member states to “actively fulfill their financial obligations to the United Nations,” stressing that Washington owes the organization more than $2 billion. “As of May 14, the total unpaid assessments under the UN regular budget and peacekeeping budget amount to 1.63 billion and 2.14 billion […]

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Myanmar military misusing COVID-19 pandemic to carry out ‘war crimes’, UN expert says

The Myanmar military is using special extended powers meant to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 to carry out “war crimes”, said a United Nations special rapporteur. Human rights expert Yanghee Lee called for an investigation into the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Chin States, just before she finished her tenure in the position. Myanmar […]

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“Coronavirus worst human crisis since World War II,” UN Chief warns

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the world faces the most challenging crisis since World War II, confronting a pandemic threatening people in every country, one that will bring a recession “that probably has no parallel in the recent past”. There is also a risk that the combination of the disease and its economic […]