January 22, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN General Assembly is holding a daylong informal meeting Thursday devoted to anti-Semitism in response to a global increase in violence against Jews. The meeting was requested by 37 countries in a letter to the General Assembly president in October. The meeting will include a keynote address ...[read more]
January 11, 2015
by Emelina Perez
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, briefing the General Assembly on Thursday, presented his report which proposes a new development agenda and called 2015 a "time for global action." The Secretary General said this year could see major advances in development, peace and human rights. ...[read more]
December 25, 2014
by Brittany Felder
The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday adopted three draft resolutions to reinforce the UN's emergency humanitarian response. The drafts were adopted without a vote, and they concerned international cooperation on humanitarian assistance in the field of natural disasters, emphasizing the ...[read more]
December 22, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday expressed deep regret at the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty in Pakistan and Jordan in recent days, stressing that no judiciary can be infallible. Pakistan and Jordan put in place the moratoria on the death ...[read more]
November 19, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN General Assembly on Tuesday urged the Security Council to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations against North Korea for crimes against humanity. The vote came after the release of a report in February by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North ...[read more]
November 15, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The issue of accountability of those responsible for crimes against humanity in the country remains at the top of the agenda, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation in the People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Marzuki Darusman said Friday. The comments come a few days ahead of the General Assembly' ...[read more]
October 23, 2014
by Christina Alam
A UN rights expert said Wednesday that the increase in the use of armed drones in domestic law enforcement may violate human rights. In his report to the UN General Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns raised a number of serious concerns ...[read more]
October 22, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A UN human rights expert on Wednesday urged UN member states to make a greater effort to tackle domestic corruption, stating that a clear link exists between torture and corrupt practices. The chairperson of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), Malcolm Evans, presented the SPT' ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN General Assembly on Monday met to discuss "the responsibility to protect" adopted by world leaders in 2005, with UN officials stressing the urgency of this responsibility as crises rage around the world. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the assembly, saying that the world now faces ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all nations on Wednesday to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty will take effect when it receives 50 ratifications. Eighteen member states ratified the treaty on Tuesday in response, bringing the total number of ratifications to 31. The treaty was ...[read more]

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