Category: Politics

Kosovo: Despite differences, potential for trust among political leaders remains, Security Council told

Even though significant differences persist between political leaders in Kosovo, the potential for trust and more forward-looking decision-making to address the challenges there should not be underestimated, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today. “I am convinced these leaders have a broader understanding of the nature of the challenges that need to […]

Security operations by Myanmar show ‘established pattern’ of domination over ethnic groups – UN expert

What Myanmar’s Government has claimed are military and security operations are “actually an established pattern” of domination and aggression against ethnic groups, the United Nations independent expert on the rights situation there said on Thursday, reporting on her visit to nearby countries, including Bangladesh, which is hosting nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees. Yanghee Lee, the UN […]

UN envoy for Syria to attend Russia-sponsored talks in Sochi

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres will send his Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to Sochi next week to attend the Russia-sponsored Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue, talks reportedly on a political solution towards ending the seven-year Syrian conflict. Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said the UN chief, who is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, […]

Secretary-General welcomes launch of new UN mission in Haiti

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterrs welcomed the establishment Monday of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), following the closure of its predecessor peacekeeping mission. “MINUJUSTH reflects the commitment of the United Nations to continue supporting the consolidation of peace and promotion of stability in Haiti,” said a statement issued by Mr. Guterres’ Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric. The […]

On Day of Remembrance, UN says history of slave trade can help combat social injustice

Remembering the universal demand for freedom that led to the 1791 insurrection by slaves in what is now Haiti, the head of the United Nations cultural and educational agency yesterday marked the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition by underscoring the importance of teaching this history to young people. “We […]

On eve of elections, UN experts call on Kenyan authorities to ensure peaceful polls

The Government of Kenya should urge all parties to maintain the highest standards of behaviour before, during and after Tuesday’s general elections to avoid a repeat of the violence that took place in 2007, three United Nations human rights experts have said. “We call on the Kenyan authorities to do their utmost to ensure peaceful elections, […]