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The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-New York UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed a former British diplomat as special envoy to war-torn Yemen. A UN spokesman announced the appointment ...
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The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Gaza The United Nations’ Mideast envoy briefed the Security Council behind closed doors Wednesday at the request of Kuwait and Bolivia on what ...
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
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The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-United Nations Venezuela and Libya have been suspended from voting in the UN General Assembly for the third time in three years because ...
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The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Syria The United Nations has appealed for an immediate ceasefire in Syria  as spiralling violence pushes the country to the brink of one ...
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The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Geneva The UN human rights office said Wednesday that 206 companies mostly Israeli and American are facing a review of their business practices ...
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Central African Republic need aid
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The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-United Nations Around 100,000 people in the Central African Republic city of Paoua urgently need humanitarian aid following clashes between armed groups the ...
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
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The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-United Nations U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to Colombia this weekend to support peace efforts amid growing concerns about the integration of ...
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The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Ramallah Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will visit the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels later in January, where he will present ...
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Nikki Haley No question Russia meddled in election
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The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-United Nations The US has failed to get the UN Security Council (UNSC) to act on the Iranian protests with most members questioning ...
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Nikki Haley No question Russia meddled in election
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The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Washigton The US claims to have slashed its budget contribution to the United Nations (UN), in the latest salvo in a strained relationship ...
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The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Palestine The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote on Monday on a draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem, with Palestinian leaders ...
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The Gaza Post|The news of Palestine-Sanaa The United Nations is appealing for $22.5 billion to provide humanitarian aid next year to millions of people displaced by conflict and ...
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The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-United Nations A key UN Committee has condemned Iran’s widespread use of the death penalty and has urged the Islamic Republic to eliminate “all discrimination and rights violations against women and girls.  ” In a separate resolution, the Third Committee roundly chastised North Korea’s grave human rights situation and the communist country’s consistent use of torture and prison camps to control its population.  The resolutions capped a day of political high drama and heated debate as countries such as Venezuela representing the non Aligned Movement decreed the use of “country specific” resolutions which “created barriers” to resolving problems.  Canada introduced a draft resolution, “Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. ” Given the “scope and gravity of human rights violations in Iran remained high, with a number of executions being particularly concerning,” the text outlining a path of Tehran’s negligence in human rights compliance.  Both the representatives of Venezuela and Russia shot back calling “country specific resolutions counterproductive.”  An Iranian diplomat went so far as to lambast Canada’s “Hypocrisy and double standards” as “mind-boggling. ” Syria went on to say the resolution “sought to ruin Iran’s reputation. ” (sic)  A vote was taken with 83 in favor, 30 against and 68 abstentions. The resolution was adopted with support from Canada, the U.S. , the European Union countries, Japan, Saudi Arabia among many others. Opposition predictably came from Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, Belarus and China.Abstentions included Brazil and Mexico among others.  Another landmark draft resolution sponsored by Canada, Argentina, all members of the European Union, Japan, South Korea and the U.S. among others addressed the pressing and urgent,  “Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” aka North Korea.  A tough ten-page document “condemns the long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” such as  “Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment.”  The resolution specifies, “The existence of an extensive system of political prison camps, where a vast number of persons are deprived of their liberty, and subjected to deplorable conditions, including forced labor. ” It decries, “violations of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities.”  Estonia’s representative conceded the human rights issues in North Korea are overlooked given the “headline-grabbing nuclear issue.”  The resolution also outlined severe restrictions on the “freedoms of thought, conscience, religion and belief,” as well as lack of media freedoms.  The resolution “strongly urges the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to respectfully all human rights, and fundamental freedoms…to immediately close the political prison camps and to release all political prisoners unconditionally and without delay.”  Japan’s delegate conceded that in North Korea “more than half the population lacked food and medical care, while many others had been deprived water and sanitation…. rather than meeting the needs of its people, the Government continued to divert resources to nuclear weapons and ballistic equipment.”  The Committee approved the draft resolution without a vote. There were two other contentious issues debated; human rights in Syria and the “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, Ukraine. ” While both resolutions passed, it was not without a withering rhetorical counterattack by Russia and its allies.  Moscow’s delegate slammed the proceedings as the “theatre of the absurd” while Syria took offense at the process being “politicized” and “debating propaganda.”  ...
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