North Korea satellite images show prison camps accused of ‘atrocities’

Pyongyang has denied the existence of kwanliso prison camps, where the UN says inmates have faced starvation, forced labor, torture and rape The Guardian Amanda Holpuch New satellite images of North Korean prison camps have been released, showing the continued existence of political prison camps described by the United Nations as being used to perpetrate “unspeakable atrocities”. North Korea’s government denies such… North Korea satellite images show… Read More »

Myanmar wants ethnic cleansing of Rohingya – UN official

Myanmar is seeking the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority from its territory, a senior UN official has told the BBC. Armed forces have been killing Rohingya in Rakhine state, forcing many to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, says John McKissick of the… Myanmar wants ethnic… Read More »

Trump’s UN pick has a national reputation as healer-in-chief

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Nikki Haley has developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who led the charge to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and guided South Carolina through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church. Associated Press Now the 44-year-old American-born daughter of Indian immigrants is about to take her role as the state’s healer-in… Trump’s UN pick… Read More »

U.N. envoy to Yemen hands peace plan outline to rival parties

SANAA: The United Nations envoy to Yemen has handed an outline for a peace plan to Houthi rebels in control of the capital which includes depriving their rival, President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, of his authorities and the withdrawal of rebels from major cities, a Houthi-affiliated politician said Tuesday. Special Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed left Sanaa after a three-day visit aimed at pushing for an end the… U.N. envoy to… Read More »

Kevin Rudd caught up in Hillary Clinton email hack over failed UN bid

AS Kevin Rudd was tenaciously working behind-the-scenes to drum up support for his failed United Nations secretary-general bid, he apparently reached out to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman John Podesta. If WikiLeaks’ dump of hacked emails from Mr Podesta’s gmail account are accurate, the… Kevin Rudd caught… Read More »

Israel suspends UNESCO ties over al-Aqsa resolution

Israeli PM says UN body has lost its legitimacy by adopting resolution that rejected Jewish ties to the holy site. Israel has suspended cooperation with UNESCO a day after the United Nations cultural body passed a resolution that sharply criticised… Israel suspends UNESCO… Read More »

 Will a New Secretary General Invigorate the UN?

To the disappointment of many UN watchers, the next secretary general will be a man—and a Western European. But he is a passionate defender of human rights and humanitarianism. By Barbara Crossette António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres was born and… Will a New… Read More »

UN human rights watchdog orders Saudi Arabia to stop stoning children

People over 15-years-old in the Kingdom are tried as adults and can be executed Matt Payton   Independent The United Nations has called on Saudi Arabia to repeal laws that allow stoning, amputation, flogging and execution of children. Children over 15 years are tried as adults and can be executed, “after trials falling short of guarantees of due process and a fair trial”, according to the report by the UN Committee on the… UN human rights… Read More »

End child stonings, UN tells Saudi Arabia

A UN watchdog wants Saudi Arabia to get rid of laws that allow children to be stoned, amputated, flogged and executed. Source: AAP A UN human rights watchdog has called on Saudi Arabia to end discrimination against girls and repeal laws that allow the End child stonings, UN… Read More »

New UN chief warns of ‘huge challenges’ ahead

The man set to become the next United Nations secretary-general has said he faces “huge challenges” and hopes to see unity and consensus during his term. Antonio Guterres praised the UN Security Council for its swiftness and unity in approving him by acclamation in a… New UN chief warns of ‘huge… Read More »

The Wall Street Journal is Wrong: António Guterres is the Best to Run the UN

This post is co-authored by Alexandra Carreira André Corrêa d’Almeida On merit, skills and qualifications, Guterres is by far the best candidate to run the United Nations. Former Prime-Minister of Portugal, 10 years UN High Commissioner for Refugees during one of the worst refugee crisis since World War II, António Guterres has also won all five secret straws held so far – well ahead of everyone else… Source: The Wall Street Journal is Wrong: António Guterres is the Best to ... Read More »

Who Can Lead The UN?

I won’t say that I am a person of great consequence to the UN. But for about 40 years, I have been known in its hallways, as my life and the survival of my country have been intimately intertwined with the UN’s workings. José Ramos-Horta   I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I arrived in a snow-covered Manhattan in early December 1975, just as Indonesian forces, with US blessing and… Source: Who Can Lead The UN? | ... Read More »

Akinci: the reunification of Cyprus hinges on rotating Presidency

No rotating Presidency, no deal warned the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mustafa Akinci on Sunday.“ Red line and compromises Speaking to the Turkish press, the Turkish Cypriot community leader drew a red line. If the Greek Cypriot side says that ‘the rotating presidency will never be a… Source: Akinci: the reunification of Cyprus hinges on rotating Presidency Read More »

What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis?

A record 65 million people have been displaced from their homes, mostly by war. Half are children. Crisis Group looks at the UN’s list of the top ten countries driving the exodus to explain what’s happened… Source: What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis? | International Crisis Group Read More »