Terrorism under spotlight in Security Council



The scourge of terrorism was once again under the spotlight in the Security Council.  Under the presidency of Pakistan, the Council held a meeting on “a comprehensive approach to counter- terrorism”.  Pakistani Foreign Minister, Hina Rabani Khar presided over the meeting which was attended by other foreign ministers and senior government officials of States that are members of the Security Council.  Derrick Mbatha reports.

Call for international inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea

A child being checked for malnutrition

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for an international inquiry into the human rights abuses in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.  Navi Pillay recently met two survivors of the country's complex network of political prison camps which are believed to house possibly over 200,000 people. She says, "Their personal stories were extremely harrowing."  In this interview with UN Radio's Andrew Martin from Geneva, Rupert Colville, the UN human rights spokesperson, says the entire country is affected by these human rights violations where the rule of law just doesn't function, where people can be executed for next to nothing at all and where people are tortured.

Fiji to chair the Group of 77 developing countries and China in 2013

Prime Minister Bainimarama of Fiji

A ceremony to hand over the helm and the torch of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 developing countries and China took place at the United Nations recently.  Last year, the Government of Algeria led the group. Ambassador Mourad Benmehidi said his country had committed to honouring that difficult task as part of the country's foreign policy.  This year, the leadership of the G77 goes to the Republic of Fiji, a historic one for the Pacific islands region.

Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

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