Tag: United Nations

IS Yazidi attacks may be genocide, says UN

Jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group may have committed genocide and war crimes against the minority Yazidi community in Iraq, the UN says. In a new report, it says IS had “the intent… to destroy the Yazidi as a group.”Tens of thousands of Yazidis fled villages in northern Iraq amid IS advances last summer. […]

ICC should prosecute ISIS for genocide, war crimes in Iraq

The United Nations human rights office said on Thursday that Islamic State fighters may have committed genocide against the minority Yazidi community in Iraq as well as crimes against humanity and war crimes against civilians including children.   In a report based on interviews with more than 100 alleged victims and witnesses, it urged the […]

Worries mount that Islamic State is in Afghanistan

The top U.N. envoy in Afghanistan said Monday that recent reports indicate the Islamic State extremist group has established a foothold in Afghanistan, a view echoed by Russia which urged the Security Council to stop its expansion.   Nicholas Haysom told the council the assessment of the U.N. political mission in Afghanistan is that the […]

Ban says UN-EU strategic partnership key as world faces multiple crises

The development of a strong partnership between the United Nations and the European Union (EU) is increasingly critical as global crises intensify in complexity and multiply in scope, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.   In remarks delivered to the Security Council on cooperation between the UN and the EU, Mr. Ban told delegates that the […]

Major nations hold talks on ending U.N. sanctions on Iran

Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said.   The talks between Britain, China, France, Russia and the […]

Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay

Syria’s envoy to the United Nations says it’s time for the United States and other Western powers to accept that President Bashar al-Assad is here to stay, and to abandon what he suggested was a failed strategy of trying to split the Middle East into sectarian enclaves.   Speaking to Reuters on the eve of […]

Kerry defends Israel before UN rights panel

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday delivered a vigorous defense of Israel before the U.N. Human Rights Council, urging its members to end what the United States says is its unfair and biased focus on the Jewish State that could undermine its credibility. His remarks came as the Obama administration attempts to blunt […]

UN nuclear watchdog says Iran still withholding key information on atomic program

The head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said on Monday Iran had still not handed over key information to his staff, and his body’s investigation into Tehran’s atomic program could not continue indefinitely.   “Iran has yet to provide explanations that enable the agency to clarify two outstanding practical measures,” chief Yukiya Amano told […]

UNESCO Demands Meeting Over Artifacts Destruction

The head of the United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO, on Thursday demanded an emergency meeting of the world body’s Security Council following the mass destruction by jihadists of ancient artifacts in Iraq.   “This attack is far more than a cultural tragedy – this is also a security issue as it fuels sectarianism, violent extremism […]

Amnesty calls on UN powers to lose veto on genocide votes

Amnesty International has urged the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to give up their power of veto in cases where atrocities are being committed.   In its annual report, the rights group said the global response to an array of catastrophes in 2014 had been shameful.   Richer countries were guilty of […]