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United Nations: Agreement on Illegal Fishing

(July 22, 2016) In a July 1, 2016, statement, the Director-General of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, lauded an agreement on illegal fishing which, although concluded on November 22, 2009, just came into force on June 5, 2016. The Director-General stated that “[g]enerations to come will recognize the importance […]

ILO/UNHCR: Agreement Signed to Benefit Refugees

(July 8, 2016) On July 1, 2016, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding designed to promote work opportunities for refugees and others who are involuntarily displaced; the new Memorandum builds on an existing one from 1983. (Press Release, ILO, UNHCR and ILO […]

United Nations: Ban Ki-moon Decries Increase in Child Soldiers

(June 10, 2016) The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, expressing shock at the marked increase in violations of children’s rights, has called for changes in law and policy to better protect young people. His concern was focused on the use of child soldiers in a number of countries, particularly Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, and […]

United Nations/United States: Rights Experts Criticize Conditions in Flint

(May 12, 2016) On May 3, 2016, three human rights experts from the United Nations called the contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan a human rights issue and called for swift action to correct the situation. They mentioned the potential long-term adverse effects on the children of the city and stated, “[t]he Flint […]

United Nations: Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Arrests French Journalist

(Apr. 6, 2016) The United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) on March 24, 2016, arrested French journalist Florence Hartmann, based on a warrant issued in November 2011 by the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).  (Press Release, MICT, Mechanism Arrests Contempt Convict (Mar. 24, 2016); Jacqueline Jones, […]

United Nations: Rights Expert Reports on Problems of Albinos

(Apr. 1, 2016) The United Nation’s first independent expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, who was appointed in June 2015, has submitted her initial report to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The report describes increasing violence against those with albinism, who are reportedly hunted, murdered, and dismembered for […]

Thailand/United Nations: Call to Investigate Disappearances, Ratify Treaty

(Jan. 8, 2016) On January 6, 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called on the Thai government to criminalize enforced disappearances; to investigate the cases of over 80 individuals who have disappeared, including the prominent attorney Somchai Neelapaijit; and to immediately ratify the International Convention for the Protection […]

United Nations: Mid-Year Report on Global Forced Displacement

(Dec. 22, 2015) On December 18, 2015, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published the UNHCR Mid-Year Trends 2015 report, an analysis of “displacement trends during the first half of 2015, based on statistics collected by UNHCR, governments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).”  (UNHCR MID-YEAR TRENDS 2015, at 3, UNHCR website […]

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 […]