UN facing challenges promoting the rule of law

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a meeting of the Security Council on the promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in maintenance of international peace and security.

The surge of peaceful protests around the world has presented a challenge to the UN's rule of law, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon was speaking at a Security Council debate on the rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict settings.

For societies traumatized by years of fighting and gross violations of human rights, he said, nothing is more critical than establishing the rule of law.

"United Nations programmes have already helped tens of thousands of vulnerable individuals to obtain justice. We are supporting legal aid. We are training public defenders. We are raising awareness, since it is often those who most need the rule of law who also know least about their rights. We are working on strategies to counter the growing threats posed by piracy, drug trafficking and organized crime. For societies traumatized by years of fighting and gross violations of human rights, nothing is more critical than establishing the rule of law".

The UN's work to promote the rule of law extends to more than 150 countries.

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