UN urges India to protect human rights activists

The U.N. human rights chief on Tuesday urged India’s government to do more to protect human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. The office of High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet pointed to three “problematic” laws in India that have variously tightened restrictions on … Continue reading UN urges India to protect human rights activists

Joint SDF, coalition raid ended life of two ISIS leaders

The leader of the Daesh terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was claimed to have been killed in October 2019 during a US Special Forces operation in the Syrian province of Idlib, according to US President Donald Trump. According to a press release by the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), two leaders … Continue reading Joint SDF, coalition raid ended life of two ISIS leaders

FIFA supports the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

FIFA has joined forces with the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in supporting the #BeActive campaign launched on the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to encourage people to be #HealthyAtHome as the world comes together in the fight against COVID-19, today and every day. WHO recommends all … Continue reading FIFA supports the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Emir of Kano bags UN appointment

António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General António on Thursday in New York announced the appointment of His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, as one of his new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates for 2019-2020. A statement by UN quoted Guterres as saying that the appointment was sequel to the UN member states’ … Continue reading Emir of Kano bags UN appointment

What we can do about child marriage

  There are no major religious traditions that require child marriage. Yet child marriage persists, across many cultures and religions. But it would be wrong to say that child marriage warrants protection as a cultural or religious practice. Governments around the world have overwhelmingly, and independently, decided that child marriage is a grave violation of … Continue reading What we can do about child marriage

New Year message from Antonio Guterres

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday said the United Nations will continue to bring people together to build bridges and create space for solutions in 2019. Image: Antonio Guterres In his New Year message, the UN chief said the world is undergoing a stress test, as climate change is running fast, geo-political divisions … Continue reading New Year message from Antonio Guterres

Science, a Human Right

  Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives. Image shows Electric cars lined up at the … Continue reading Science, a Human Right

Capital Punishment: World leaders urge Saudi Arabia to halt 6 executions

  United Nations human rights experts called on Saudi Arabia on Monday to halt the imminent execution of six men sentenced to death for activities related to the 2011 Arab Spring. They said that since the Saudis were all under age 18 at the time, imposing the death penalty on them would violate international law, … Continue reading Capital Punishment: World leaders urge Saudi Arabia to halt 6 executions

Myanmar government claims UN report on genocide was ‘fake news’

A Myanmar government spokesman on Wednesday rejected a report by United Nations investigators that called for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide, saying the international community was making "false allegations", Reuters noted. His comments came a day after the U.N report, which marked the first time the organisation has explicitly called for Myanmar officials … Continue reading Myanmar government claims UN report on genocide was ‘fake news’

Vladimir Voronkov: ISIL still has about 20,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq

These were among the key findings in a new United Nations report into the threats posed by ISIL presented to the UN Security Council on Thursday by senior UN counter-terrorism officials The report also detailed how UN Member States and the UN system are continuing to strengthen, refine and promote the effective use of tools and measures to address … Continue reading Vladimir Voronkov: ISIL still has about 20,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq