UN rights chief Türk warns of further ‘state-sanctioned killings’ – Global Issues

Volker Türk’s claim that criminal proceedings and the death penalty had been used as a weapon to stamp out dissent follows the execution in recent months of four people involved in nationwide protests sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, in September. “The weaponization of criminal proceedings punishing people for exercising their … Read more

new internal displacement law ‘much needed step’ towards restoring hope and dignity — Global Issues

The action by the National Congress will help the more than 247,000 Hondurans displaced by violence, 55 percent of whom are women and 43 percent of whom are children and adolescents. “This internal displacement law is a much-needed step towards restoring their dignity, hope and rights,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. Lives … Read more

UN Launches ‘Key’ Initiative to Support Accountability for Crimes Against Peacekeepers — Global Issues

Since 1948, malicious actions have claimed the lives of 1,056 personnel serving in UN peacekeeping operations and resulted in another 3,080 injuries, he said. At the launch, he recognized colleagues from various troop and police contributing countries whose personnel were killed or wounded serving under the UN flag, saying “Their sacrifice will not be forgotten”. … Read more

Secret military courts sentence dozens to death – Global Issues

“The military continues to hold proceedings in secret courts, which violate basic principles of due process and fundamental judicial guarantees of independence and impartiality,” added Volker Türk, who called for all executions to be suspended and a return towards a moratorium on the death penalty. . Handing out death A military court sentenced at least … Read more

Abolish death penalty for a Jordanian convicted of drug crimes, UN experts urge – Global Issues

“Under international law, states that have not yet abolished the death penalty may impose it only for the ‘most serious crimes’ involving intentional killing,” the experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said in a statement. Urging Saudi government to “abolish the death penalty for drug convictions”. Hussein Abo al-Kheir was arrested in 2014 … Read more

Resumption of executions for drug offenses ‘deeply regrettable’ says UN rights office – Global Issues

Spokeswoman Liz Throssell said executions have taken place almost daily for the past two weeks, following the end of an official 21-month moratorium. “The resumption of executions for drug-related crimes in Saudi Arabia is a deeply regrettable move, all the more so after a large majority of states in the UN General Assembly have called … Read more

UNPOL poised to address global peace, security and development challenges — Global Issues

He outlined some of the greatest challenges to peace, security and development in the world, including growing conflicts in densely populated areas, the expansion of transnational organized crime and violent extremism. The UN peacekeeping chief also highlighted rising climate and cyber insecurity risks and increased demand for comprehensive national capacity building and police reform, saying … Read more

UN chief warns of dangers of hatred and persecution during visit to genocide museum – Global Issues

Mr. Guterres spoke at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the memorial site of the infamous S-21 interrogation and detention center under the bloody regime, which lasted from 1975 to 1979. ‘An essential reminder’ It is estimated that up to 18,000 people from all over Cambodia have been brought to the facility, which is located in … Read more

Threats against journalists harm us all, UN chief warns – Global Issues

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Action Plan for the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. The Secretary-General underlined the importance of a free press, which he believes is vital to a functioning democracy, uncovering wrongdoing, navigating our complex world and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the … Read more

Opium cultivation up nearly a third, UNODC warns — Global Issues

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan – latest findings and new threatsis the first report on the illicit opium trade since the return of the Taliban in August 2021. Authorities banned all cultivation of poppy and all narcotics in April 2022 under strict new laws. Opium is the essential ingredient for the production of street drug heroin, … Read more