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23.01.2013

UK must review measures affecting right to peaceful assembly – UN expert

UK must review measures affecting right to peaceful assembly – UN expert

A United Nations expert today urged the United Kingdom (UK) to revise a series of legal and policing measures that are having a negative impact on its citizens’ right of peaceful assembly and association. Measures such as the use of undercover police officers embedded in protests, containing protesters through ‘kettling’,… »

20.01.2013

Governments at UN forum agree on legally-binding treaty to curb mercury pollution

Governments at UN forum agree on legally-binding treaty to curb mercury pollution

Over 140 governments meeting at a United Nations forum in Geneva have agreed to a global, legally-binding treaty to address mercury, a notorious heavy metal with significant health and environmental effects. The Minamata Convention on Mercury – named after a city in Japan where serious health damage occurred as a… »

18.01.2013

World can no longer procrastinate on disarmament issues – Ban Ki-moon

World can no longer procrastinate on disarmament issues – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today issued a passionate call to countries to advance disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, as well as illegal arms, stressing that Member States should not delay on this issue. “Delay comes with a high price tag. The longer we procrastinate, the greater the… »

15.01.2013

Number of Syrians seeking refuge in Turkey continues to rise, UN agency reports

Number of Syrians seeking refuge in Turkey continues to rise, UN agency reports

14 January 2013 – The total number of Syrians seeking refuge in camps in Turkey from the ever-worsening violence of their country’s civil war has risen to over 153,300 persons, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. “This is about a 3 per cent increase since the year-end figures of… »

15.01.2013

UN: Ban renews call to rescind plans for new Israeli settlements after on-site protests

UN: Ban renews call to rescind plans for new Israeli settlements after on-site protests

14 January 2013 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon again called on Israel today to withdraw new settlement plans for East Jerusalem while stressing that protests over the plans, as well as reactions to them, must remain peaceful, noting that they had been largely non-violent so far. “The Secretary-General… »

13.01.2013

UNESCO recognizes Brazilian friar’s contribution to social justice in Latin America and Caribbean

UNESCO recognizes Brazilian friar’s contribution to social justice in Latin America and Caribbean

The United Nations has recognized a Brazilian Dominican friar, Frei Betto, with a leading international prize for his “exceptional contribution” to building a universal culture of peace, social justice and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),… »

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