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Commission of Inquiry holds public hearings on human rights in DPRK

Commission of Inquiry

Members of the UN-mandated Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) were in New York this week to brief the General Assembly's Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues. The Commission has held public hearings in Seoul, Tokyo and London where North Koreans who have [...]

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ICC continues to work to strengthen rule of law says its president

Judge Sang-Hyun Song

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has continued its work to strengthen the rule of law and promote peace, security and human rights everywhere. That's what the President of the ICC, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, said on Thursday during the presentation of its annual report to the UN General Assembly. He gave a snapshot of the court's [...]

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Education is a challenge for South Sudan

Students lining up in South Sudan

One of the challenges facing the new African nation of South Sudan is providing education to its children. Decades of war have left almost three-quarters of adults illiterate in the country. Since South Sudan seceded from the north in July 2011, it has struggled to build an education system for children and to educate the [...]

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Making roads safer: more needs to be done to save lives

Etienne Krug

Recently, a packed bus in India crashed some 800 kilometres from the capital, New Delhi, while trying to overtake a car on the highway. Media reports say 45 people were burnt alive. Each year, nearly 1.3 million people die and between 20 million and 50 million more are injured as a result of road crashes, [...]

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Expert recommends less emphasis on elections and more focus on the electoral process

Maina Kiai

A United Nations independent expert says the world is increasingly taking a narrow perspective on elections. Maina Kiai, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of peaceful assembly and association, believes more emphasis is placed on election day than on the process leading up to the vote. Mr. Kiai this week briefed the UN General [...]

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World Court reports progress in its work to General Assembly

Peter Tomka

The International Court of Justice is now able to hear cases brought before it faster since it has cleared its backlog of cases, according to its President, Peter Tomka. Mr. Tomka on Thursday presented the annual report of the court to the UN General Assembly. He said during the last 12 months, the court has [...]

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UN chief concerned about violence in Bangladesh

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (file photo).

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the outbreak of violence in Bangladesh this week. His Spokespersons' office issued a statement on Thursday following reports of the deaths of at least two people in clashes during a strike that has been reportedly called by the opposition to force the government to resign. There [...]

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UN Daily News 31 October 2013

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ICC postpones trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided to postpone the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to February next year. The Kenyan leader was originally scheduled to appear before the ICC, based in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 12 November to face charges related to the post election violence in 2007 and 2008. He is [...]

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UN Committee urges Djibouti to curb violence against women


The United Nations Human Rights Committee has urged the government of Djibouti to effectively enforce laws aimed at protecting women from violence. The committee noted that many women in Djibouti were victims of domestic violence including marital rape which is not considered a crime in the country. In observations made after concluding its 109th session [...]

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Syria completes destruction of chemical weapons production facilities and mixing plants

OPCW headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands

The government of Syria has completed the destruction of critical equipment for all of its declared production facilities for chemical weapons. That's according to the joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations monitoring these activities. It says Syria's declared chemical weapons production facilities as well as [...]

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Syrian leaders and some opposition groups express readiness to participate in Geneva II conference

Lakhdar Brahimi

Syrian authorities have confirmed their willingness to participate in an international conference aimed at ending the ongoing crisis in the country. That is one of the outcomes of UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's visit to Syria and other countries in the Middle East to shore up support for the conference. Although no date has been [...]

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Syrian government willing to attend Geneva II, says spokesperson for UN-Arab League envoy

Khawla Mattar

The Syrian government is willing to attend an international conference to find a solution to the conflict in the country. That's what Khawla Mattar, spokesperson for the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, told UN Radio on Thursday. Mr. Brahimi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday and with the Foreign Minister the [...]

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Syrian refugee women learn to make Turkish rugs

Women making a carpet

Syrian women living in a refugee camp in Southern Turkey are being taught the techniques of traditional carpet making. Adiyaman camp hosts 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country. The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says the project was set up by camp management with help and money from the local municipality. Jocelyne Sambira has [...]

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