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United Nations: Security Council Resolution on Terrorism in France

(Nov. 24, 2015) On November 20, 2015, in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in France, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2249/2015, in which it condemned the terrorist attacks of November 2015 in France committed by ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Syria (ISIL or ISIS)), also known […]

Burundi/United Nations: Security Council Urges Peace Talks

(Nov. 19, 2015) On November 12, 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution urging all parties in the domestic unrest in Burundi to engage in peace talks. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the Council, just three days after U.N. officials noted that the political crisis in the country is at a critical […]

United Nations: Secretary General Calls for Greater Protection of Journalists’ Rights

(Nov. 5, 2015) On November 2, 2015, to mark the second International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for action against the killing of journalists with impunity, noting that “[m]ore than 700 journalists have been killed in the last decade – one every five days – simply […]

United Nations: Security Council Condemns Use of Sexual Violence as Weapon of War

(Sept. 10, 2015) In a statement issued on August 28, 2015, the United Nations Security Council condemned the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war in the Middle East. The statement referred specifically to sexual enslavement and sexual violence “related to or resulting from forced marriage” as a war tactic in Iraq and […]

United Nations: Tribunal on Accountability for Malaysia MH17 Crash

(July 1, 2015) Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine, the five countries involved in the Joint Investigation Team looking into the July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines crash, have expressed the desire to have a United Nations tribunal established. The tribunal would try those responsible for the downing of the airplane, which resulted in the […]

North Korea; United Nations: Human Rights Office Dedicated to Monitoring North Korea Opened

(June 29, 2015) On June 23, 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, announced the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Office (Seoul) in the Republic of Korea (ROK, South Korea), dedicated to monitoring human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea). (Opening Remarks by […]

United Nations: Revised Standards for Treatment of Prisoners Approved by Commission

(May 26, 2015) On May 18, 2015, Juan E. Méndez, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, sent an open letter to the U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, calling for the adoption of the amended version of the U.N.’s Standard Minimum Rules for the […]

United Nations: Website Seeks to Address Discrimination Against People with Albinism

(May 12, 2015) On May 5, 2015, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched a website designed to discredit myths about albinism and advocate for legal and practical steps to protect albinos. The website notes that the rare condition is “still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically.” (‘Not Ghosts But […]

United Nations: Criminal Justice Measures Proposed, Prevention of Violence Against Children Stressed

(Apr. 29, 2015) The Doha Declaration on Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice into the Wider United Nations Agenda to Address Social and Economic Challenges and to Promote the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels, and Public Participation (Doha Declaration) was adopted by the Thirteenth U.N. Congress on Crime and Prevention and […]

Cambodia; United Nations: Indictment for Crimes Against Humanity

(Mar. 31, 2015) On March 27, 2015, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a United Nations-backed tribunal established in 2006 to try those accused of crimes committed when the Khmer Rouge controlled the country, charged Ao An, a former Khmer Rouge member, with “crimes against humanity of murder, extermination, persecution on political […]