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28.12.2017

Peru: Pardon of former President Fujimori a ‘slap in the face’ for victims, say UN rights experts

Peru: Pardon of former President Fujimori a ‘slap in the face’ for victims, say UN rights experts

Condemning the pardoning of former President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts have said that the move undermines the work of the judiciary and the international community to achieve justice. “It is a major setback for the rule of law in Peru:… »

31.10.2017

UN to consider banning the arms race in space

UN to consider banning the arms race in space

On the 30th of October, the First Committee of the UN General Assembly (Disarmament and International Security) approved six draft resolutions, including one on a legally binding instrument on the prevention of an arms race in outer space. During the meeting, the Committee approved the draft resolution “Further practical measures… »

11.10.2017

‘The death penalty has no place in the 21st century’ – UN chief Guterres

‘The death penalty has no place in the 21st century’ – UN chief Guterres

The death penalty does little to deter crimes or serve victims, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on the 10th of October, calling on all countries which have not forbidden the extreme practice to urgently stop executions. “The death penalty has no place in the 21st century,” underscored… »

19.01.2016

UN announces that Peru will compensate woman in historic human rights abortion case

UN announces that Peru will compensate woman in historic human rights abortion case

Nearly a decade after the UN Human Rights Committee agreed that a Peruvian woman’s rights were violated for having been denied an abortion – and recommended that the Government compensate her – the UN human rights office announced today that Peru has said it will pay compensation for having refused… »

13.01.2016

Five polio-free years in South-East Asia Region, announces UN health agency

Five polio-free years in South-East Asia Region, announces UN health agency

The United Nations health agency today announced that the South-East Asia Region has completed five years without any case of wild poliovirus, a highly infectious disease that invades the nervous system and for which there is still no cure. “This is a remarkable achievement in view of the continued threat… »

13.01.2016

Syria: UN officials give first-hand accounts of ‘horrible, terrible’ desperation in besieged towns

Syria: UN officials give first-hand accounts of ‘horrible, terrible’ desperation in besieged towns

As United Nations officials gave on-site accounts of the “horrible and terrible” situation in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, from 400 critically ill people facing death without immediate medical care to a kilo of rice costing $300, the first emergency evacuation took place today – a five-year-old girl rushed… »

12.01.2016

Syria: UN and partners get relief convoy into besieged town of Madaya

Syria: UN and partners get relief convoy into besieged town of Madaya

A humanitarian convoy has finally reached the besieged Syrian town of Madaya with life-saving health and food supplies from the United Nations and its partners for the 42,000 desperate residents after reports of people starving to death under encirclement by pro-Government forces. “Crowds of hungry kids around,” Office of the… »

01.10.2015

Ban Ki-moon statement on the International Day of Nonviolence 2015

Ban Ki-moon statement on the International Day of Nonviolence 2015

Pressenza publishes here the statement by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to mark the international day of nonviolence. This year, as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the International Day of Nonviolence has special importance. At a time of escalating conflicts, violent extremism, displacement and humanitarian need,… »

21.09.2015

UN chief appeals for cease-fire on 21 September – International Day of Peace

UN chief appeals for cease-fire on 21 September – International Day of Peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the laying down of arms and a 24-hour cease-fire on 21 September, which is observed around the world each year as the International Day of Peace. The United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of Peace in 1981 as an opportunity… »

30.08.2015

UN urges all States to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban as ‘critical step on road to nuclear-free world’

UN urges all States to sign, ratify Nuclear Test Ban as ‘critical step on road to nuclear-free world’

28 August 2015 – For the fifth International Day against Nuclear Tests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty. “The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is essential for the elimination of nuclear weapons,”… »

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