China holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council

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Liu Jieyi

China has promised to be transparent, and remain fair and impartial, as it presides over the Security Council for the month of November.

Ambassador Liu Jieyi, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, held a press briefing to talk about the programme of work his country would pursue during its leadership of the Council.

The Middle East and African issues were high on the Council's agenda, he told reporters last Monday.

UN Human Rights chief urges Bangladesh to review decision to execute 152 paramilitary officers

Navi Pillay

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay is alarmed at the death sentences imposed on 152 paramilitary officers in Bangladesh on Tuesday.

The officers of the Bangladesh Border Guards were convicted of crimes including murder and sexual assault during a mutiny in February 2009. Another 150 were given life sentences.

Although the crimes committed during the mutiny were "utterly reprehensible and heinous," Ms. Pillay is concerned about justice being carried out during the mass trials.

Testimony of Holocaust survivor's rescue by Philippines'

In the lead up to World War II, a group of poker players in the Philippines- concerned about the fate of Jews in Europe- hatched a plan to rescue them.

Manuel Quezon, Philippine's first President, along with some very influential Americans, helped 1300 Jews flee Europe and offer them a fresh start in the Philippines.

The rarely told story has been captured in a one-hour documentary entitled, Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust, screened at the United Nations on 7 November.

I spoke to the Holocaust survivor, Ursula Progl, about her escape.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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