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17.09.2020

Switzerland: Draft anti-terrorism law sets ‘dangerous precedent’, rights experts warn

Switzerland: Draft anti-terrorism law sets ‘dangerous precedent’, rights experts warn

A proposed new anti-terrorism law in Switzerland could set a dangerous precedent for the suppression of political dissent worldwide, a group of five independent UN human rights experts warned on Friday. The draft legislation, currently before the Swiss Parliament, expands the definition of terrorism and no longer requires the prospect… »

10.09.2020

UN denounces Kabul attack targeting Afghan Vice President

UN denounces Kabul attack targeting Afghan Vice President

The United Nations has strongly condemned the attack, on Wednesday, in Kabul, targeting the official convoy of Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh. The Vice President survived the attack but dozens of civilian casualties – mostly bystanders – were reported in the blast, which took place in a crowded part… »

05.09.2020

25 years after Beijing’s Women Conference, significance ‘undimmed’

25 years after Beijing’s Women Conference, significance ‘undimmed’

Exactly 25 years after the historic world conference in Beijing on the advancement and equality of women, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency declared on Friday that “its significance is undimmed”. Looking back on the Fourth World Conference on Women in the Chinese capital, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile… »

24.08.2020

Libya: Bachelet Appoints Independent Fact-Finding Mission Experts

Libya: Bachelet Appoints Independent Fact-Finding Mission Experts

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the deteriorating security situation in Libya and the absence of a functioning judicial system underscored the importance of the work of a team of independent experts to document human rights violations and abuses. The High Commissioner today announced the appointment of… »

18.08.2020

Futures of Education

Futures of Education

UNESCO has just launched a global initiative to reimagine how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet. UNESCO’s Futures of Education initiative aims to rethink education and shape the future. The initiative is catalyzing a global debate on how knowledge, education and learning need to… »

09.08.2020

Lessons of Nagasaki survivors should motivate the world to eliminate all nuclear weapons – UN chief

Lessons of Nagasaki survivors should motivate the world to eliminate all nuclear weapons – UN chief

UN Secretary General António Guterres on Sunday marked 75 years since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki with praise for the hibakusha, the survivors, who transformed their decades-long plight into a warning about the perils of nuclear weapons and an example of the triumph of the human spirit. »

06.08.2020

Lebanon: Support for hospitals top UN priority in the wake of deadly blast

Lebanon: Support for hospitals top UN priority in the wake of deadly blast

The United Nations is working closely with the authorities in Lebanon to support ongoing response in the aftermath of the massive deadly explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday, destroying large swathes of the capital. More than 130 people were killed in the blast, which ripped through the port and surrounding… »

28.07.2020

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 30 July

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 30 July

This year, we will focus on the first responders to human trafficking. These are the people who work in different sectors – identifying, supporting, counselling and seeking justice for victims of trafficking, and challenging the impunity of the traffickers. During the COVID-19 crisis, the essential role of first responders has… »

25.07.2020

Marking 75 Years of the Charter of the United Nations

Marking 75 Years of the Charter of the United Nations

The Charter of the United Nations has been a constant presence in my life. My awareness of it started with the usual brief introduction to the basics of the United Nations as an organization that many young people receive in school. Later, as my political awareness took shape against the… »

12.07.2020

UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia

UNESCO expresses deep regret over Turkey decision to change status of historic Hagia Sophia

As the Turkish President signed a decree on Friday converting the ancient Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) said that it “deeply regrets the decision” made “without prior discussion”, having earlier in the day called on the State to abide by… »

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