About 380 asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Manus Island centre for more than three weeks, defying attempts by Australia and PNG to close it, in a standoff the UN described as a “looming humanitarian crisis”.
“The United States will also pursue accountability through US law, including possible targeted sanctions” against those responsible for the alleged abuses, Rex Tillerson said.
The annual 16 Days of Activism campaign will begin on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and go on until December 10, Human Rights Day.
Contrary to popular sentiment that the coup would usher in a new era of democracy, the military intervention is much more about a succession crisis in the ruling Zanu-PF.
The UN claims the substitute site for the Manus Island refugees is unfinished and inadequate.
A confidential State Department “dissent” memo said Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided to exclude Iraq, Myanmar and Afghanistan from a US list of offenders in the use of child soldiers.
UN troops on the ground have kept many countries in conflict from falling into total disarray. Yet, Africa seeks strategies to secure peace and stability on its own terms.
Developed countries want to include new issues like e-commerce, investment facilitation and government procurement in the discussion.
More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
There are officially at least 1,400 unresolved cases of enforced disappearances in Pakistan, as noted by the International Court of Justice in 2016.
Britain, on its part, is looking to avoid an uncomfortable vote by invoking an arcane process that would have a joint committee choose a candidate to fill the vacant spot.
Lack of access to clean, safe, private toilets is a major barrier around the world and it’s an issue that disproportionately affects girls.
Thousands of Liberian women have banded together to bring about peace and to fight for women’s rights. They’ve changed the face of the African nation.
At a decisive meeting on the future of LAWS, countries such as Pakistan and Cuba have called for a pre-emptive ban, while others like US, Germany and Russia disagree.
“The cost of this blockade is being measured in the number of lives that are lost.”
Russia vetoed on Friday a Japanese-drafted UN Security Council resolution to extend the inquiry by one month.
Since the ethnic violence erupted in late August, thousands of Rohingya have crossed the border into Bangladesh each week, often travelling for days and even weeks.
A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by the US, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted.
A row over the promises rich countries made on climate action before 2020 has been resolved at negotiations in Bonn, with several wins for developing countries.
A verdict is expected later in the day, amidst an increasingly tense political situation and a campaign by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party to crush the opposition ahead of the vote.
For villagers of Wadi Fuqin, harvest is a regular reminder of the occupation’s impact on Palestinian agriculture .
The mandate for the joint inquiry by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which has found the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent sarin in an April 4 attack, expires on Friday.
US mayors and governors want to show the world they stand by US commitments, but to their African counterparts solidarity means cash.
The projected 2% increase in carbon dioxide emissions comes from growth in China’s smokestack industries and jeopardises the Paris climate agreement goals, say experts.
The move is part of efforts to provide protection for refugees and other vulnerable migrants who travel to Libya, often intending to attempt the dangerous sea crossing to Italy.
The United Nations this week released a report showing how ISIS in northern Somalia has grown to around 200 fighters from just a few dozen last year.
Bangui has in the past been a flashpoint for inter-religious violence that erupted between Muslims and Christians in 2013 and has since engulfed most of the impoverished, landlocked nation.
About 450,000 children, or 55% of the refugee population, live in teeming settlements near the border with Myanmar, after fleeing the destruction of villages and alleged murder, looting and rape by security forces and Buddhist mobs.
While United Nations special rapporteur Leo Heller’s report argued that the question of water supply and drinking water had also been overlooked, the Centre sharply rejected these claims.
Earlier on Thursday, Syria’s army declared victory over ISIS, saying its capture of the jihadists’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their three-year, hardline reign in the region.
The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen has closed all air, land and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula, a move that will likely worsen the humanitarian crisis there.
With Donald Trump having avowed to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance has said the US has no right to be involved in talks on how to implement the deal.
Russia vetoed an initial US bid to renew the joint inquiry by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on October 24, saying it wanted to wait for the release of the investigation’s report two days later.
The Security Council had urged Myanmar, in a statement on Monday, to “ensure no further excessive use of military force” and had expressed “grave concern over reports of human rights violations and abuses in Rakhine State”.
The United Nations has denounced the violence as a classic example of ethnic cleansing. However, the Myanmar government has denied such allegations.
About 600 men have barricaded themselves inside the camp on remote Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, defying efforts by Australia and PNG to shut it.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Iran-backed Hezbollah, said there should be no political escalation in response to Hariri’s declaration on Saturday, which was made from Saudi Arabia and came as surprise even to his aides.
Not all of the allegations have been verified and some are in preliminary assessment phase, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has faced heavy international criticism for not taking a higher profile in responding to what UN officials have called “ethnic cleansing” by the army.
At least three million people worldwide are stateless, most of them minorities, a status that deprives them of an identity, rights, and often jobs, the United Nations refugee agency has said.