UN investigator: Crimes against humanity under Myanmar junta

The head of the U.N. body investigating the most serious crimes in Myanmar said that preliminary evidence collected since the military seized power on Feb. 1 shows a widespread and systematic attack on civilians “amounting to crimes against humanity.” Nicholas Koumjian told U.N. reporters Friday that the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, which he heads,Continue reading “UN investigator: Crimes against humanity under Myanmar junta”

Former US ambassador Bill Richardson heads to Myanmar

Former U.S. ambassador and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is heading to Myanmar on a private humanitarian mission that will focus on pandemic support, his spokesperson said Sunday. Myanmar has been mired in violence and civil unrest since a military coup seized power in February. Protesters have faced beatings and arrests. The United StatesContinue reading “Former US ambassador Bill Richardson heads to Myanmar”

Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide – VICE

Over half a million Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have fled brutal ethnic violence carried out by their government. While unprecedented numbers of refugees have found safety across the border in Bangladesh, their fates are uncertain. The international community has been reluctant to take action against Myanmar, and plans are underway to return those who escaped.Continue reading “Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide – VICE”

U.N. Security Council to discuss Ethiopia expulsion of U.N. staff

The United Nations Security Council will privately discuss on Friday a decision by Ethiopia to expel seven senior U.N. officials, diplomats said, as malnutrition rates rise and famine looms in the country’s war-torn northern region of Tigray. The United States, Britain, Ireland, Estonia, France and Norway, plan to raise the issue during a closed-door meetingContinue reading “U.N. Security Council to discuss Ethiopia expulsion of U.N. staff”

Russia’s Lavrov says Taliban recognition ‘not on the table’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that international recognition of the Taliban was not currently under consideration. Lavrov was speaking on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders in New York for the U.N. General Assembly. His comments come after the Taliban nominated a U.N. envoy, setting up a showdown overContinue reading “Russia’s Lavrov says Taliban recognition ‘not on the table’”

UN Chief: We must avoid US/China ‘cold war’ – AP

Warning of a potential new Cold War, the head of the United Nations implored China and the United States to repair their “completely dysfunctional” relationship before problems between the two large and deeply influential countries spill over even further into the rest of the planet.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro vows to break NYC COVID-19 mandate by attending UN meetings without getting vaccinated

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he won’t be vaccinated ahead of next week’s UN General Assembly in New York.  New York currently requires everyone to be vaccinated in indoor businesses.  UN Secretary General António Guterres told the BBC that he can’t require heads of states to get the shot. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he will addressContinue reading “Brazil’s Bolsonaro vows to break NYC COVID-19 mandate by attending UN meetings without getting vaccinated”

World on ‘catastrophic’ path to 2.7C warming, UN chief warns

Countries’ latest pledges to cut emissions would fail to avert disastrous climate change, UN report says. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned that a failure to cut global emissions is setting the world on a “catastrophic” path to 2.7 degrees Celsius heating. A UN report on 191 countries’ emissions promises found that they wouldContinue reading “World on ‘catastrophic’ path to 2.7C warming, UN chief warns”

UN chief: World is at ‘pivotal moment’ and moving in wrong direction

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a dire warning that the world is moving in the wrong direction and faces “a pivotal moment” where continuing business as usual could lead to a breakdown of global order and a future of perpetual crisis. Changing course could signal a breakthrough to a greener and safer future, he said.Continue reading “UN chief: World is at ‘pivotal moment’ and moving in wrong direction”

UN chief says ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ unfolding in Ethiopia

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council on Thursday that a conflict in Ethiopia has spread beyond the northern Tigray region and “a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding before our eyes.” Ethiopia has been embroiled in a conflict that flared nine months ago in Tigray and which has spread to other areas. The government hasContinue reading “UN chief says ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ unfolding in Ethiopia”

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