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'No proof' Myanmar military persecuted Rohingya – army chief

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Min Aung Hlaing doubles down on previous claims, arguing 'there is no certain proof that the national army was involved in the persecution' of Rohingya

ROHINGYA CRISIS. In this file photo, Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects a major bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung dam on August 29, 2018. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

U.N. special rapporteur condemns detention of Maria Ressa

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:10 AM

David Kaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, says it is 'simply intolerable' that Ressa remains in NBI custody

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U.N. council hails Central Africa peace deal as important step

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:13 AM

In a unanimous statement, the United Nations Security Council welcomes the deal and urges all sides to implement it 'in good faith and without delay'

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Global unemployment down, but too many working poor – U.N.

Feb 13, 2019 - 9:51 PM

Unemployment around the world fell in 2018 to 5.0% – from 5.1% in 2017 – for the first time dropping to the level seen before the global financial crisis hit in 2008

U.N. notified of name change to North Macedonia

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:11 PM

(UPDATED) A UN official says a notice will be sent to the General Assembly and the Security Council to inform them of the change

NAME CHANGE. People are at work to change boards at the border between Macedonia and Greece near Gevgelija on February 13, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

United Nations chief willing to broker end to Venezuela crisis

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The United Nations calls for serious political negotiations between the two sides to prevent a slide toward more violence in Venezuela

MEDIATION. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the "Africa leadership meeting, investing in health", ahead of an African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on February 9, 2019. File photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Yemen food aid at risk of rotting – United Nations

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:24 AM

Hodeida and its food silos are in the hands of Yemen's Huthi rebels and have been since 2014

FOOD AID. Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, arrives at Sanaa international airport on February 11, 2019. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The plight of China's Uighurs is closely followed in Turkey due to shared linguistic, cultural and religious links, and the presence of tens of thousands of ethnic Uighurs there

UIGHURS. In this file photo, Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

U.S. seeks U.N. draft resolution calling for Venezuela elections

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Diplomats say Russia is likely to use its vetor power on the draft resolution as part of its support of Nicolas Maduro's regime

Khashoggi murder 'planned and perpetrated' by Saudi officials – U.N. expert

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:59 AM

The final report is scheduled to be presented in June before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, but is expected to be published a few weeks earlier, in late May

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Last 4 years hottest on record, U.N. confirms

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:11 AM

'The degree of warming during the past 4 years has been exceptional, both on land and in the ocean,' says World Meterological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas

RECORD HEAT. Two girls play on a small wall during sunset in a neighborhood of Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, on August 22, 2016. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Central Africa government inks peace deal with militias

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:12 PM

The accord is initialled by President Faustin Archange Touadera for the CAR government and representatives of militias which control most of the chronically-troubled country

NEW PEACE ACCORD. In this file photo, the President of Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadera, speaks during the 72nd High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 24, 2018. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Yemen foes in new talks on troubled prisoner swap deal

Feb 05, 2019 - 5:46 PM

UN envoy Martin Griffiths says he hopes the warring sides will be more successful this time as he opens 3 days of talks in Amman

NEW TALKS. In this file photo, United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths gives a press conference on September 5, 2018, ahead of peace talks with the government and Huthi rebels in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. legal expert to present Khashoggi report before June

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, carries out an inspection outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

UN EXPERTS. United Nations special rapporteurs, such as Agnes Callamard, are tasked to monitor human rights situations around the world. File photo courtesy of Loey Felipe/UN Photo

U.N. envoy on first Yemen port city visit after truce

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:03 PM

A UN official says Martin Griffiths is in the Red Sea port city to oversee the truce deal's implementation and 'follow up on preparations' for a new monitoring mission

YEMEN TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is pictured upon his arrival at Sanaa International airport on January 5, 2019. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

U.N. judicial expert in Turkey to probe Khashoggi murder

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Turkish authorities have called for an international probe into the killing which took place at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, complaining of Saudi Arabia's failure to cooperate

PROBE. This handout picture released by the Turkish Foreign Minister shows Agnes Callamard (L), UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) pose for photographs in Ankara, on January 28, 2019 during a meeting focused on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. AFP PHOTO/TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTRY

Yemen truce, prisoner swap timelines pushed back – U.N.

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The Hodeida agreement stipulates a full ceasefire, followed by the withdrawal and redeployment of rival forces from the city – two clauses that have yet to be fulfilled

YEMEN TALKS. In this file photo, UN special envoy on Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks with members of his delegation on September 7, 2018 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.S. calls to 'stand with freedom' in Venezuela as EU gives ultimatum

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:30 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also denounces Russia and China, which have stood by Maduro. Meanwhile, Russia denounces the United States for interference.

UN VOTE. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo votes before addressing the United Nations Security Council in a meeting which was requested by the United States to offer a statement on the current situation in for Venezuela on January 26, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Ties between U.S., Russia and China 'dysfunctional' – U.N.

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:18 AM

The dysfunction is evident 'in the economy, but it is also true in the Security Council,' UN chief Antonio Guterres tells the World Economic Forum in Davos

US, RUSSIA, CHINA. A file picture taken on January 25, 2012 shows participants at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting standing under a sign reading 'World Economic Forum' at the Congress Center in Davos. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. expert visits Bangladesh Rohingya 'relocation' island

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Bangladesh is spending $280 million transforming Bhashan Char, a muddy silt islet that only emerged from the sea two decades ago, into a camp for some of the refugees

ROHINGYA. United Nations Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee looks on at a press conference after addressing her report before the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 12, 2018.File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Yemen gov't accuses rebels of violating Hodeida truce

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:12 PM

The news comes as reports surface that the UN is looking to replace the head of a monitoring mission to Hodeida, a lifeline to millions of Yemenis dependent on its imports to survive

VIOLATION? This file photo shows Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi addressing the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2018 in New York City. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

'We are losing the race' on climate change – U.N. chief

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'In my opinion [climate change] is the most important global systemic threat in relation to the global economy,' UN chief Antonio Guterres tells business and political leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

U.N. chief urges dialogue in Venezuela to avert 'disaster'

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:35 PM

'What we are worried (about) with the situation in Venezuela is the suffering of the people of Venezuela,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

ACTING PRESIDENT? Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's 'acting president,' on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew a military dictatorship, in Caracas on January 23, 2019. Photo by FedericoParra/AFP

13 killed in run-up to latest Central Africa peace bid

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:30 PM

The violence occurs just days before a new round of peace talks which begin on Thursday, January 24, in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum

U.N. envoy in Yemen for talks on Hodeida truce

Jan 21, 2019 - 9:56 PM

A UN source confirms the news, saying Griffiths is in Yemen to 'work on the rapid implementation of the Hodeida agreement'

PEACE TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths gives a press conference on September 5, 2018, ahead of peace talks with the government and Huthi rebels in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. condemns 'vile' killing of 8 peacekeepers in Mali

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the UN's special representative for Mali, says the 'cowardly' attack 'demands a robust, immediate and concerted response from all forces'

Thailand signals more tolerant refugee policy after Saudi case

Jan 17, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Immigration chief Surachate Hakparn says he will take a new approach and that under his supervision 'there will be no one involuntarily sent back to the country if they don't want to go back'

New envoy in Syria to revive U.N. mediation efforts

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Geir Pedersen, who replaces Staffan de Mistura, is the fourth negotiator to have been appointed UN special envoy to Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011

NEW ENVOY. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 15, 2019 shows Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (R) meeting with the new United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen in the capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA

Guatemalans march over president's bid to close UN anti-graft unit

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Marchers wave banners saying 'We reject the government of the corrupt' amid rising international concern

IN PROTEST. People take part in a demonstration in support of the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala City on January 12, 2019. Photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP

UN chief says Libya's militias should not run prisons

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:07 PM

In his report to the Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges the Libyan government to bring all prisons under its control and free from the grip of militias

CONDEMNING THE LAUNCH. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

Saudi teen's asylum case being judged at lightning speed

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Rahaf Mohammed Qunun's savvy use of Twitter throughout her ordeal at Bangkok airport galvanizes a global campaign and calls for her to be granted asylum

SEEKING ASYLUM. File photo of a screen grab from a video released to AFPTV via the Twitter account of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun. Handout/Courtesy of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun/AFP

Top Guatemala court overturns bid to close U.N. anti-graft mission

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:50 AM

The constitutional court orders government authorities to tell staff and civil servants to cooperate with the UN mission

UN MISSION. In this file photo, members of social organizations demonstrate against President Jimmy Morales' decisions regarding the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) outside the Congress in Guatemala City on September 25, 2018. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Guatemala shuts down U.N. anti-corruption probe

Jan 09, 2019 - 2:18 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he 'strongly' rejected the decision, insisting the government abide by an international agreement in place since 2007

ANTI-CORRUPTION. In this file photo, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel attends a panel during the UN Global Compact for Migration in Marrakesh on December 10, 2018. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

'Vast areas of impunity' for people trafficking – U.N. report

Jan 07, 2019 - 7:54 AM

The report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says people traffickers are getting away with a range of crimes, from sexual exploitation to organ removal

PEOPLE TRAFFICKING. Image from https://twitter.com/UNODC

U.N. council regrets Somalia's decision to expel envoy

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Still, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres agrees to appoint a new envoy to replace Nicholas Haysom in Somalia

UN ENVOY. In this file photo, Nicholas Haysom speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

U.N. envoy arrives in Yemen to push Hodeida truce

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Martin Griffiths' visit comes as the ceasefire in Hodeida was generally holding, although there have been intermittent clashes with both sides blaming each other

ENVOY. In this file photo, Martin Griffith, Special Envoy for Yemen of the UN Secretary General, speaks during a press conference at the Johannesberg Palace in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10, 2018. Photo by Stina Stjernkvist/TT News Agency/AFP

Somalia refuses to take back expelled UN envoy

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:46 AM

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed dug in his heels and said UN envoy Nicholas Haysom would remain persona non grata

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, commonly know as Farmajo walks to make his speech during the inauguration ceremony of Djibouti International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) in Djibouti on July 5, 2018. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Somalia orders top U.N. envoy to leave

Jan 02, 2019 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, is no longer welcome in Somalia and cannot operate in the country,' the foreign ministry says in a statement

UN ENVOY. In this file photo, Nicholas Haysom speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 14, 2016. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Iran sees 'revival' of imperilled Lake Urmia

Dec 30, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Incoming Iran President Hassan Rouhani says he is still committed to prioritize the revival of Lake Urmia

REVIVAL. This picture taken on December 8, 2018 shows a general view of recreational boats along the shore of the salt lake of Urmia and Shahid Kalantari causeway crossing it. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Yemen rebels begin withdrawal from Hodeida port – UN

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:18 PM

The rebels' withdrawal is a key part of a ceasefire that went into effect on December 18

CEASEFIRE. A man stands amidst the rubble on December 17, 2018 at a factory damaged during fighting and air strikes, as clashes recently raged between Yemeni Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-aligned Huthis. Photo by AFP

U.N. convenes warring sides in Yemen's Hodeida

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:36 PM

Retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert is heading the joint committee including Saudi-backed government officials and Iran-aligned Huthi rebels to oversee the truce

North Korea blasts U.N. resolution on rights abuse

Dec 25, 2018 - 3:33 PM

This comes after the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the 'systematic, widespread, and gross' human rights violations in isolated North Korea

NORTH KOREA. The North Korean flag is seen past a barbed-wire fenced wall of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017. File photo by Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

U.N. team arrives in Yemen to monitor Hodeida ceasefire

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:48 PM

A halt to fighting in the strategic port city follows intense diplomatic efforts which culminated in peace talks in Sweden

Yemeni pro-government forces gather on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida as they continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 10, 2018. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

UN Council votes to send observers to Yemen

Dec 22, 2018 - 2:57 PM

After tough negotiations, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approves the deployment of observers to war-torn Yemen

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3 U.N. special rapporteurs to probe violations vs De Lima

Dec 21, 2018 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations Human Rights Council asks the Philippine government to immediately free Senator Leila de Lima

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

U.N. expert to PH gov’t: Stop stigma against human rights defenders

Dec 19, 2018 - 12:06 PM

United Nations Special Rapporteur Michel Forst says 'public stigmatization of human rights defenders...can incite perpetrators to act against them'

HR DEFFENDERS – Cordillera Human Rights defenders march down Session Road to press the government to improve its human rights records in celebration of the 70th Celebration of International Human Rights Day late Monday afternoon in Baguio City. – Photo by Mau Victa

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

U.N. condemns North Korean human rights violations

Dec 18, 2018 - 4:53 PM

The non-binding resolution, which passes by consensus without a vote, welcomes diplomatic efforts to end the crisis on the Korean peninsula

The North Korean flag is seen past a barbed-wire fenced wall of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Clashes erupt in Yemen's Hodeida in truce violation – official

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:11 AM

Yemen's internationally-recognized government calls on its forces to 'cease fire in Hodeida province and Hodeida city'

CEASEFIRE. A man stands amidst the rubble on December 17, 2018, at a factory damaged during fighting and air strikes, as clashes recently raged between Yemeni Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-aligned Huthis. Photo by AFP