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Amnesty calls on UN powers to lose veto on genocide votes

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 situations of mass atrocities. 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 taking an "abhorrent" stance...

Syria forces execute 10 children of rebels: monitor

Syria forces execute 10 children of rebels: monitor

Ten children were among at least 48 people killed in a Syrian village this week when regime forces executed six families of rebel fighters, a monitoring group said on Saturday. Tuesday's executions took place in the village of Rityan, north of second city Aleppo, after regime forces entered that day during an offensive aimed...

WORLD IN WORDS

Limiting the Security Council veto

BACK in 2001, France floated a proposal that the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (P5) should voluntarily refrain from using their veto power when dealing with mass-atrocity crimes. And now, in the lead-up to the commemoration of this year's 70th anniversary of the UN, French President François Hollande's government is actively pursuing the idea again. Could such an arrangement really work? The predictable initial response is to dismiss the possibility out of hand. As Australia's wartime...

N Korean ship denied entry

Dhaka yesterday denied entry of a North Korean  ship to Chittagong Port as the UN Security Council had imposed embargo on the ship's owning company for carrying prohibited arms over a year ago. On information, Bangladesh Navy halted the ship intending to enter the country's territorial sea around 8:00pm, diplomatic sources said. The Panama flag-carrying cargo vessel MV ZHONG DE1, IMO No. 8715493, was actually owned by Ocean Maritime Management Company Ltd (OMM) of North Korea. The UN Security Council included the...

UN Security Council rejects Palestinian resolution

UN Security Council rejects Palestinian resolution

The UN Security Council has rejected a resolution demanding an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories within three years. Jordan submitted the motion after it had been agreed upon by 22 Arab states and the Palestinian Authority. Eight members of the 15-strong Security Council voted for it while the US and Australia...

High risk of Ebola spread, warns UN

High risk of Ebola spread, warns UN

The United Nations Ebola mission chief has said there is still a "huge risk" that the deadly virus could spread to other parts of the world. Anthony Banbury was speaking to the BBC in Freetown, the capital and one of the worst-affected areas of Sierra Leone. Banbury declined to say if targets he had set...

UN aims to stop jihadist recruits

UN aims to stop jihadist recruits

  The UN Security Council has adopted a binding resolution compelling states to prevent their nationals joining jihadists in Iraq and Syria. US President Barack Obama chaired the session and said nations must prevent the recruitment and financing of foreign fighters. US and Arab jets bombed Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria for a second day,...

Ebola threatens world peace

UN Security Council declared the Ebola outbreak a threat to world peace and called on countries to provide urgent aid as Sierra Leone went ahead with its controversial Ebola shutdown yesterday. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution on Thursday after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that the number of Ebola infections -- already more than 5,000 -- was doubling every three weeks, notably in Liberia. The epidemic has so far killed more than 2,600 people. It was only the...

GROUND REALITIES

Our UN experience . . .

FORTY years ago, the People's Republic of Bangladesh made its entry into the United Nations as its newest member-state. The event was not only a reaffirmation of the country's determination to play an active role in the international community as a sovereign nation but also an acknowledgement by the global body  that the aspirations of seventy five million people, as Bangladesh's population was at the time, could not be ignored. Bangladesh's arrival at the UN was not a sudden event....

Ebola 'threat to Liberia existence'

Ebola 'threat to Liberia existence'

Liberia is facing a "serious threat" to its national existence as the deadly Ebola virus "spreads like wildfire" there, its defence minister says. Brownie Samukai told the UN Security Council that the international response to the crisis was "less than robust". The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that thousands more cases could occur in...

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