human rights – List Nation http://list-nation.com/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 17:44:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://list-nation.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png human rights – List Nation http://list-nation.com/ 32 32 UN lets Taliban get in the door https://list-nation.com/un-lets-taliban-get-in-the-door/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 00:13:00 +0000 https://list-nation.com/un-lets-taliban-get-in-the-door/ The UN is a mess, but that’s to be expected. So when the Taliban conquered Afghanistan and plunged the country into famine, it was obvious that the UN would eventually recognize the Taliban as the official government of the country. This process has now begun. The UN Security Council voted to establish ties with the […]]]>

The UN is a mess, but that’s to be expected. So when the Taliban conquered Afghanistan and plunged the country into famine, it was obvious that the UN would eventually recognize the Taliban as the official government of the country. This process has now begun.

The UN Security Council voted to establish ties with the Taliban while extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. According to the UN news site, the expansion of UNAMA calls on “Afghan political actors and stakeholders” to coordinate with the mission, adding that UNAMA “will engage with all Afghan actors, including the Taliban”.

The Taliban have been pushing for UN recognition since they took control of the country and began executing members of the previous Afghan government. The UN itself said in January it had “credible allegations” that more than 100 members of the previous Afghan government had been executed by the Taliban. Countries that do not recognize the Taliban have tried to circumvent the group while distributing aid. The UN has no such scruples.

The Taliban have not changed or reformed. These are the same thugs who work hand in hand with the terrorists (including in their government cabinet). The Taliban have been trying to figure out how to get their hands on the billions of aid dollars pouring into the country. The UN is now allowing them to step in the door.

It will not be a surprise if, within the next few years, the UN decides to recognize the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan. This is a body that panders to China and Russia and puts perpetrators of human rights abuses on its human rights council, after all. The UN has taken its first step in this direction, and it is not difficult to guess where this road ends.

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SRI LANKA UN accuses Sri Lanka of war crimes https://list-nation.com/sri-lanka-un-accuses-sri-lanka-of-war-crimes/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 12:06:14 +0000 https://list-nation.com/sri-lanka-un-accuses-sri-lanka-of-war-crimes/ UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is calling for sanctions against Sri Lanka for its failure to identify those responsible for the deaths of 40,000 civilians during the 1983-2009 civil war. The Sri Lankan government fears the arrest of a suspect near London could lead to the detention of current military officers and […]]]>

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is calling for sanctions against Sri Lanka for its failure to identify those responsible for the deaths of 40,000 civilians during the 1983-2009 civil war. The Sri Lankan government fears the arrest of a suspect near London could lead to the detention of current military officers and government officials.

Colombo (AsiaNews) – For the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, international sanctions and prosecutions against war criminals are necessary in Sri Lanka, because the Sri Lankan authorities have repeatedly failed to secure accountability for wartime atrocities committed during the country’s 25-year civil war. , which ended in 2009.

According to Bachelet, the island nation drifted towards “militarization” after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former lieutenant colonel, took over as president in 2019.

She expressed her displeasure with the militarization of civilian government functions, including in law enforcement, as military officers subject to allegations are placed in high positions in government administration.

The high commissioner also noted that many military checkpoints remain in place in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, which is predominantly inhabited by Tamils, pointing out that there are “complaints of discriminatory treatment or harassment. .especially women”.

For this reason, she urged the UN Human Rights Council to invoke universal jurisdiction to prosecute Sri Lankan officials facing credible allegations of war crimes.

Ms. Bachelet called on Member States to “explore the possibility of targeted sanctions against credible alleged perpetrators of serious human rights violations and abuses” in Sri Lanka.

“Over the past two years, the independence of the judiciary…and other key institutions have been eroded, and democratic space, including for the defense of human rights, has shrunk” , said the UN human rights chief.

The failure of the current Sri Lankan government to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights in the country, including its policies and actions aimed at reversing the limited progress made, raises serious concerns about the likelihood of justice for victims of human rights violations.

Based on information contained in a report to be unveiled examining Sri Lanka’s record, Bachelet noted that Sri Lankan authorities had abandoned investigations into “emblematic cases”, refusing to put in place a mechanism for the UN to preserve evidence, following allegations that Sri Lankan troops killed around 40,000 civilians during the final stages of the war.

The request came a day after a 48-year-old suspect was arrested in Northamptonshire (UK) in connection with the 2000 murder of Tamil journalist Mylvaganam Nimalrajan, a prominent journalist in Jaffna, the main city in the north of Sri Lanka. heart.

Sri Lankan authorities fear that the arrest of the anonymous suspect could set a precedent for the detention of military officers or government officials in the current government.

Jayanath Colombage, permanent secretary of Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry, told Sri Lankan media (ahead of the publication of a draft of Bachelet’s report) that the British action could have repercussions for office holders current.

For him, “the invocation of universal jurisdiction is another very debatable subject” and “any country can use it as an excuse to target people from another country”, describing it as “a very great danger “.

Several Western countries have imposed travel bans on Sri Lankan military officials, including current army commander Shavendra Silva.

According to the report of the United Nations High Commissioner on Sri Lanka published on February 25, 2022, the human rights situation in Sri Lanka is appalling, despite government claims that there is an improvement.

It includes charges against the government for discriminating against religious and ethnic minorities as well as targeting civil society groups by security forces.

Bachelet points out that in addition to Tamils ​​and Muslims, Christians also face abuse and discrimination, including in connection with the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings, when a militant Islamist group took over targets churches and hotels, killing more than 260 people.

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New codes of practice to tackle pay inequality and workplace harassment can be used in court https://list-nation.com/new-codes-of-practice-to-tackle-pay-inequality-and-workplace-harassment-can-be-used-in-court/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 00:05:00 +0000 https://list-nation.com/new-codes-of-practice-to-tackle-pay-inequality-and-workplace-harassment-can-be-used-in-court/ New codes of practice to tackle unequal pay and workplace harassment can be invoked in court in labor disputes, according to the country’s human rights watchdog. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) will release the codes on Wednesday. The Equal Pay Code of Practice provides employers, unions and employees with practical guidance on […]]]>

New codes of practice to tackle unequal pay and workplace harassment can be invoked in court in labor disputes, according to the country’s human rights watchdog.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) will release the codes on Wednesday. The Equal Pay Code of Practice provides employers, unions and employees with practical guidance on the right to equal pay, how to eliminate pay inequalities and how to resolve pay disputes .

The Code of Practice on Sexual Harassment and Harassment in the Workplace sets out what is meant by harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace, how it can be avoided and the steps needed to ensure that organizations are prepared to deal with it and prevent it from happening again. .

As legislation has been tabled by Equality Minister Roderic O’Gorman, the new codes will be legally admissible in evidence in proceedings before the courts, the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labor Court.

IHREC has also been given new legal powers to address gender pay gaps in organizations through the Gender Pay Gap Disclosure Act 2021.

Signed into law by the President last July, but not yet launched, it will require organizations with more than 250 employers to report and publish information about their gender pay gap and, if there is a gap , to explain why there is a discrepancy. and what steps are being taken to reduce it.

Reporting from the organizations is expected to begin this year, IHREC said.

The new Sexual Harassment and Workplace Harassment Code outlines how people in precarious employment and new workers, including immigrant workers, are particularly vulnerable to harassment and sexual harassment and sets out policies and procedures to help creating harassment-free work environments.

Sinéad Gibney, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, said: “Under no circumstances is harassment or sexual harassment in the workplace acceptable. It undermines a person’s dignity and creates an intimidating, degrading and humiliating environment.

“While not all pay disparities are gender-based, it is important on International Women’s Day to highlight pay inequalities for women in particular, who see the work and contributions of undervalued, minimized and neglected women.

We have been given new legal powers to take on cases of gross gender pay gaps, and we are now considering how we can leverage these new legal powers to create real and lasting change by eliminating wage inequality.

Mr O’Gorman said: ‘While this is not exclusively a gender issue, it is appropriate that these measures to tackle pay disparity, harassment and sexual harassment be introduced the week of International Women’s Day, as these issues can have a disproportionate impact on women in the workforce.

“These new codes of practice are a welcome addition to the suite of legislative and policy measures that have been introduced in recent years to advance gender equality.”

Both codes can be viewed here.

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The Qatar Chamber joins the United Nations Global Compact https://list-nation.com/the-qatar-chamber-joins-the-united-nations-global-compact/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 20:14:00 +0000 https://list-nation.com/the-qatar-chamber-joins-the-united-nations-global-compact/ The Qatar Chamber has joined the UNGC, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, according to Rabaa Hassan al-Juma, United Nations Senior Stakeholder Advisor and Global Compact (UNGC) Country Manager in Qatar and Qatar. Kuwait. Al-Juma made the announcement during a meeting with the director general of the Qatar Chamber, Saleh bin Hamad al-Sharqi, held via […]]]>

The Qatar Chamber has joined the UNGC, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, according to Rabaa Hassan al-Juma, United Nations Senior Stakeholder Advisor and Global Compact (UNGC) Country Manager in Qatar and Qatar. Kuwait.

Al-Juma made the announcement during a meeting with the director general of the Qatar Chamber, Saleh bin Hamad al-Sharqi, held via video conference on Monday.
In a statement, the Speaker of the Qatar Chamber, Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani, said the Qatar Chamber, as a supporter of the Qatari private sector, was keen to join the UNGC. He stressed that the chamber would raise awareness among private sector companies of this global initiative and urge them to participate in the implementation of its 10 principles that promote better business practices in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and the fight against corruption.
Sheikh Khalifa said these principles are in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, which includes the pillars of human development, social development, economic development and environmental development.
He also said that the UNGC is a key initiative to encourage businesses around the world to embrace sustainability and social responsibility, stressing that it supports businesses in aligning their strategies and operations with 10 principles.
For his part, al-Sharqi underscored the chamber’s keenness to be part of this global initiative, which stemmed from its firm belief in the UNGC’s 10 principles on human rights, labor, environment and Development.
Al-Sharqi highlighted the chamber’s concern for commitment to sustainable development criteria, indicating that sustainability has become of great importance in all economic sectors.
“We will work to support UNGC principles and initiatives that reinforce the Sustainable Development Goals by hosting business seminars and workshops to raise awareness of sustainability, as well as encourage businesses to embrace relevance in their activities,” al-Sharqi added.
Al-Juma praised the chamber for joining the UNGC, citing the prominent role it can play as an incubator for the Qatari private sector by urging Qatari businesses to align their operations and strategies with the UNGC 10 principles.
She expressed hope for further cooperation with the Qatar Chamber, noting that the initial cooperation will take place in May through a virtual meeting for the UNGC with the participation of the Qatar and Kuwait chambers.

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Invasion of Ukraine: the failure of the United Nations https://list-nation.com/invasion-of-ukraine-the-failure-of-the-united-nations/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 18:32:19 +0000 https://list-nation.com/invasion-of-ukraine-the-failure-of-the-united-nations/ It is a total failure of the UN system that has been ransomed by Western countries led by the United States The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the denial of the Security Council resolution gave world watchers an opportunity to assess the role of the United Nations and its relevance today in policing the civilized […]]]>

It is a total failure of the UN system that has been ransomed by Western countries led by the United States

The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the denial of the Security Council resolution gave world watchers an opportunity to assess the role of the United Nations and its relevance today in policing the civilized world.

The Charter of the United Nations “empowers the United Nations and its Member States to maintain international peace and security, to uphold international law, to achieve higher standards of living” for their citizens, to resolve economic, social, health and related problems” and to promote “universal respect for, and respect for, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion”.

However, the world is not run by peace-loving philosophers and philanthropists, but by political and military leaders. US President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the word United States and since then the United States and its Western allies have practically dictated the terms of the operation of the UN and behaved like the so-called policemen of the world. The result was an intense cold war between the US-led NATO and the Soviet Union and a frantic race between adversary countries for missiles and weapons and the deployment of atomic weapons. The Cold War ended with the breakup of the Soviet Union.

If we analyze the current Russian invasion of Ukraine, it becomes clear how this small country with good resources has been used as a pawn by America and its Western allies. Since Ukraine became independent and showed a fondness for the United States and its European allies, Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, has pledged to bring back the past glory of the Soviet era to the Russians. After coming to power, his popularity rose from 2% to 45% following his role in the annexation of Chechnya – which is now known as Chechnya, a constituent republic of Russia. In 2014, Russia invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula and on March 18, 2014, it became a constituent republic of Russia when President Vladimir Putin signed membership. In retaliation, the United States and its European partners signed several agreements with Ukraine and encouraged it to join NATO. The United States attempted to encircle Russia and bring nuclear and weapon arsenals to Russian doorsteps.

Russian President Putin has warned the West and Ukraine not to join NATO and cited it as the violation of the 2015 Minsk Treaty between Russia and Ukraine brokered by the French president.

Now let’s look at the scenario. America and its partners have a habit of bombing the world everywhere as they did in Iraq, Vietnam and Afghanistan, citing a threat to international peace, but withdrawing without giving confidence to countries and peoples affected. America has bombed more than 30 countries so far and is responsible for the bloodshed and ruining the lives of millions of people. The way they withdrew and left their weapons in Afghanistan makes a mockery of the Charter of the United Nations. So far, the United States has exercised the right of veto more than 80 times. The Indian government’s response to the US-backed resolution at the UN Security Council on February 26, 2022 has been widely accepted by the people of India, as Russia has been a tried friend and exercised veto power to the United Nations four times in favor of India during the crucial moments and especially in 1948 and 1971.

Putin may be a dictator in the eyes of the West by violating the UN Charter and he has threatened to use nuclear energy if the US and NATO come to the rescue of Ukraine. But in this war, it is reimbursing the Americans in the same style in which they have bombed other countries by piggybacking on the United Nations system. It is a total failure of the United Nations system that has been ransomed by Western countries led by the United States. We see that the West has two value systems, one for them and one for other countries. There is a whole ecosystem in the United States and Europe that is ragingly promoting anti-national elements in India with the aim of Balkanizing it like the Soviet Union.

Take the case of the farmers’ unrest last year, the New York era was full of abusive offensive writing in league with anti-Indian forces. Similarly, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has been highly critical of India’s handling of this unrest and now the whole world is noticing how harshly Canada is dealing with the farmers’ unrest and the New York Times is silent. It is for this reason that China is now emerging as another international tyrant.

(The author is the president of the Center for Resource Management and the Environment. Opinions expressed are personal.)

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Ukraine calls on the United Nations to investigate alleged Russian war crimes – National https://list-nation.com/ukraine-calls-on-the-united-nations-to-investigate-alleged-russian-war-crimes-national/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 16:20:30 +0000 https://list-nation.com/ukraine-calls-on-the-united-nations-to-investigate-alleged-russian-war-crimes-national/ Ukraine and its allies on Monday called for a United Nations investigation into possible war crimes committed by Russia during its military actions in Ukraine. The UN Human Rights Council voted on Monday to accept Ukraine’s request to hold an emergency debate on the Russian invasion on Thursday. A Ukrainian draft resolution will be considered […]]]>

Ukraine and its allies on Monday called for a United Nations investigation into possible war crimes committed by Russia during its military actions in Ukraine.

The UN Human Rights Council voted on Monday to accept Ukraine’s request to hold an emergency debate on the Russian invasion on Thursday. A Ukrainian draft resolution will be considered during the emergency debate.

If passed, a commission of three independent experts will investigate all alleged violations of international law in Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions since 2014 and in other parts of Ukraine since the Russian invasion last week. .

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Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Yevheniia Filipenko, told the Human Rights Council: “Russian forces are trying to sow panic among the population by specifically targeting kindergartens and orphanages. , hospitals and mobile medical aid brigades, thereby committing acts that may constitute war crimes. .”

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Sheba Crocker, US ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said in a statement to Reuters that Monday’s vote to hold the debate showed Russia was completely isolated in the council.

“Only four countries supported Russia’s position, clearly demonstrating that the international community is united in condemning Russia’s blatant action,” she said.


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Tensions continue to rise as Russian troops approach Kiev


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Russian Ambassador Gennady Gatilov said he had launched “special operations to stop the tragedy” in Ukraine’s breakaway region of Donbass, and that Russian forces were not firing at civilian targets in Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday canceled his planned visit to Geneva to address the forum, which the Moscow mission said was “due to an unprecedented ban on his flight in the airspace of a number of EU countries that have imposed anti-Russian sanctions”. but gave no details.

The cancellation coincided with neutral Switzerland imposing financial sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Lavrov.

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British Minister of State Lord Ahmad has called for an investigation into alleged human rights abuses by Russia.

“There are various ongoing discussions here at the Human Rights Council about this investigative mechanism. There are other commitments we have, including with the ICC (International Criminal Court), to ensure accountability for these crimes that are being committed every hour, every day in the sovereign territory of Ukraine. he told Reuters.

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He said Russia was increasingly isolated economically, politically and diplomatically.

“We will continue to work with our international partners to ensure that again a very clear message is sent to Russia that there is a major economic cost for Russian institutions, Russian banks, that this invasion is going to cost them dearly. .”

Canada’s Foreign Minister, Mélanie Joly, told the UN rights forum: “Let me convey something directly to the representative of Russia: human rights are universal and cannot be manipulated. to justify wars and crimes.

Additional reporting by Emma Farge; written by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Peter Graff and Angus MacSwan

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What role does the United Nations play in curtailing World War III while mediating the Moscow-Kiev crisis? https://list-nation.com/what-role-does-the-united-nations-play-in-curtailing-world-war-iii-while-mediating-the-moscow-kiev-crisis/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 09:06:00 +0000 https://list-nation.com/what-role-does-the-united-nations-play-in-curtailing-world-war-iii-while-mediating-the-moscow-kiev-crisis/ The United Nations was founded on October 24, 1945, also the day its Charter entered into force. As Russia and Ukraine are engaged in a full-scale war with intense weapon assaults, deadly bombings that have caused damage to civilian infrastructure and casualties on both sides for the fourth day, the role of the world body […]]]>

The United Nations was founded on October 24, 1945, also the day its Charter entered into force. As Russia and Ukraine are engaged in a full-scale war with intense weapon assaults, deadly bombings that have caused damage to civilian infrastructure and casualties on both sides for the fourth day, the role of the world body “United Nations” becomes extremely crucial. The United Nations, which was established after the devastating aftermath of World War II (WWII), maintains a neutral stance crucial to the maintenance of international peace and security through channels of dialogue and voting primarily under of Chapter VII of the Charter.

Through the Security Council, the UN can determine the intensity of the threat posed by nations in conflict and the repercussions of acts of aggression on a global scale.

UN chief on Russia-Ukraine conflict: In the name of humanity, bring your troops back to Russia. In the name of humanity not to unleash what could be the most devastating war since the turn of the century.

A Russian army soldier takes part in exercises at the Kadamovskiy shooting range in Rostov region, southern Russia. With tens of thousands of Russian troops positioned near Ukraine. Credit: AP

View from the cockpit of a Russian Su-30 fighter jet as it takes part in a training mission in Krasnodar region, Russia. Credit: AP

The UN, a mediator

The UN, essentially, acts as a mediator to prevent bilateral disputes, such as Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine, from escalating into a world war and helps nations negotiate when armed conflict breaks out, as well as to provide humanitarian aid to civilians suffering as a result of the damage resulting from these wars. The key role of the United Nations is “preventive diplomacy and mediation”.

The organization, in the event of a conflict such as Russia and Ukraine, which poses a threat to global security, deploys tools to bring participating nations on board, special envoys and political missions to accelerate the process of preventing conflicts, diplomacy and mediation between belligerents. nations, acting on the idea of ​​a liberal institutionalism where multilateral institutions should facilitate interstate cooperation and stop war.

How does the UN limit conflicts such as Russia-Ukraine; examples of past wars

The UN Security Council (UNSC) is the body that springs into action to maintain international peace and security in the event of an escalation of war between nations. This structure is made up of 15 members, including 5 permanent members, who also have a right of veto (the P5). The United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China and France have the right of veto to refuse a unanimous resolution. It is this right of veto that would prevent them from going directly to war because of their balance within the council related to security issues. Since the Cold War, even though hostilities may exist, it would be nearly impossible for the P5 to start a war directly between them.

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Several UNSC resolutions can be adopted by the UN, which will support peace processes, resolve disputes, help the organization respond to illegitimate uses of force, coercion against each other. The UN will also go so far as to impose sanctions in situations where dialogue is weak and global security has been threatened.

Uruguayan peacekeepers from MONUSCO, whose mission was to protect commercial shipping against piracy and armed groups, are shown practicing a boarding exercise on Lake Tanganyika near Uvira, South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2012). Credit: UN

Wars and conflicts where the UN has adopted a strict mediating role

The UN played a crucial role during the Bosnian War in 1993, when intense conflict erupted in central Bosnia between Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats which led to wartime atrocities against Serbs and Bosniaks, including the Ahmići massacre, April 16, 1993. NATO’s intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina led to large-scale air operations and more than 60,000 troops in Operation Joint Endeavour.

The UN took strict measures to disembark the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) soldiers who went inside the war zone and monitored a ceasefire until peace negotiations are in place. The General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina was initialed with 11 associated annexes and the “peace agreement” was declared at the peace implementation conference in London which ended the conflict in 1995.

The withdrawal of UNPROFOR forces was complemented by the deployment of a NATO-led IFOR Multinational Implementation Force. All military decisions within the war-torn nations were then made by the UN IFOR military commander. A United Nations International Police Team (IPTF) has also been created.

Another crucial UN role can be drawn from the 2008 anti-piracy resolution (Mingst and Karns 2011:108) involving armed robbery off the coast of Somalia as it deployed naval vessels international and military aircraft in African sovereign waters. States cooperating with the country’s transitional government were deployed for a period of six months, international actors were able to enter Somalia’s territorial waters and use “all necessary means” under the provisions of international law to suppress armed attacks and thefts at sea.

The UN played the lead role, announcing that the measures would not restrict rights and obligations under the Law of the Sea Convention, while announcing that international military forces should ensure that their operation does not carry infringement of the right of innocent passage of vessels of a third State. . Such examples as we see in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine where commercial cargo ships from Turkey and Japan were bombed in the Black Sea. The General Assembly and other United Nations bodies, supported by the Office for Disarmament Affairs, also intervene when threats of nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction are involved and violate conventional arms treaty regulations. .

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Statement by the Secretary General – on Ukraine https://list-nation.com/statement-by-the-secretary-general-on-ukraine/ Thu, 24 Feb 2022 21:43:08 +0000 https://list-nation.com/statement-by-the-secretary-general-on-ukraine/ In his statement today, Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated its call on President Putin to halt the military operation in Ukraine and bring back the troops Russia. A full list of statements, websites and other information about Ukraine is available in our backgrounder. Statement by the Secretary General – on Ukraine “We are witnessing Russian military […]]]>

In his statement today, Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated its call on President Putin to halt the military operation in Ukraine and bring back the troops Russia.

  • A full list of statements, websites and other information about Ukraine is available in our backgrounder.

Statement by the Secretary General – on Ukraine

“We are witnessing Russian military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine on a scale that Europe has not seen for decades.

Day after day, I have been clear that such unilateral measures are directly contrary to the Charter of the United Nations.

The Charter is clear: “All members shall refrain, in their international relations, from resorting to the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other way inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations“.

The use of force by one country against another is the repudiation of the principles that each country is committed to respecting.

This applies to the current military offensive.

It is wrong.

It is against the charter.

It is unacceptable.

But it is not irreversible.

I reiterate my appeal to President Putin last night:

Stop the military operation.

Bring the troops back to Russia.

We know the toll of the war.

With the death toll rising, we see images of fear, anguish and terror in every corner of Ukraine.

People – ordinary innocent people – always pay the highest price.

That is why the UN is stepping up its humanitarian operations in and around Ukraine.

Today, I am announcing that we will immediately allocate $20 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to meet urgent needs.

We and our humanitarian partners pledge to stay and deliver, to support people in Ukraine in times of need.

United Nations personnel work on both sides of the line of contact, always guided by the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality, humanity and independence.

We bring life-saving humanitarian aid to people in need, no matter who or where they are.

The protection of civilians must be the number one priority.

International humanitarian law and human rights must be respected.

The decisions of the next few days will shape our world and directly affect the lives of millions and millions of people.

In accordance with the Charter, it is not too late to save this generation from the scourge of war.

We need peace.

Thank you.”

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This could be the perfect time to reform the United Nations – Roddy Gow https://list-nation.com/this-could-be-the-perfect-time-to-reform-the-united-nations-roddy-gow/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 07:00:30 +0000 https://list-nation.com/this-could-be-the-perfect-time-to-reform-the-united-nations-roddy-gow/ Roddy Gow OBE, President, Asia Scotland Institute Global developments sound ominous with the drumbeat of war described by journalists in Asia and the West. The Winter Olympics, themselves impacted by the political environment in which they take place, were preceded by the meeting that was expected with Putin and Xi reunited in Beijing. As expected, […]]]>
Roddy Gow OBE, President, Asia Scotland Institute

Global developments sound ominous with the drumbeat of war described by journalists in Asia and the West. The Winter Olympics, themselves impacted by the political environment in which they take place, were preceded by the meeting that was expected with Putin and Xi reunited in Beijing.

As expected, Putin appears to have agreed to support China’s claims on Taiwan and its implied willingness to invade in exchange for China’s acceptance of Russia’s claims on Ukraine and its demands that NATO does not extend further east.

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No one should be surprised by these early positions taken by two members of the UN Security Council, the body that must have passed its sell-by date, with Russia and China routinely vetoing any effort to achieve unanimity on motions aimed at achieving world peace. Their self-interest runs counter to the UN charter and underscores the need to overhaul the organization and its modus operandi. The pessimist might say that such an exercise is too difficult, but an optimist might judge that now is the right time, with frustrations over Ukrainian and Chinese policies, to push for the necessary reforms and allow the UN to operate as its founders intended.

Next, this year’s Winter Olympics, amid fears the host country could find itself accused of human rights abuses and excluding many people in order to achieve Covid Zero. How far is this from the founding spirit of the Games as a celebration of sporting achievement removed from political considerations and goals – but was Berlin in the summer of 1936 so different from Beijing in the winter of 2022? The pessimist points to a repetition of the nationalist posture of the host country in each case, but the optimist will point out how clearly any authoritarian government is exposed by the presence of so many top athletes who represent the future .

Writing in the New York Times, Steven Myers and Alan Blinder remind us that Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter prohibits athletes or other participants from demonstrating or displaying “political, religious or racial propaganda” at Olympic events. Ms. Yang Yang, a senior Beijing organizing committee official and Olympic champion, said “athletes should be responsible for what they say,” but added that “athletes are free to express their opinions.” For the optimist, possible grounds for hope.

With regard to the tensions on Ukraine’s borders, it should be remembered that it is the right of this country, as a sovereign state, to apply for NATO membership, whatever Russia or its Belarusian satellite can claim. Indeed, Russia’s positioning may well have served to unite Western opinion behind Ukraine, which is unlikely to be an outcome that Putin wanted. It also brought the United States back into a leadership role, a welcome change from the disastrous actions of the previous administration. Again, grounds for hope for the optimist.

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United Nations highlights decrease in violence against civilians in South Sudan https://list-nation.com/united-nations-highlights-decrease-in-violence-against-civilians-in-south-sudan/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 17:55:30 +0000 https://list-nation.com/united-nations-highlights-decrease-in-violence-against-civilians-in-south-sudan/ MADRID, February 17 (Royals Blue) – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) highlighted this Thursday the “significant” decrease in violence against the civilian population of the African country, which decreased by 42% in 2021 compared to the previous year. Thus, according to data from the Human Rights Division of the UN mission, during […]]]>

MADRID, February 17 (Royals Blue) –

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) highlighted this Thursday the “significant” decrease in violence against the civilian population of the African country, which decreased by 42% in 2021 compared to the previous year.

Thus, according to data from the Human Rights Division of the UN mission, during the past year, 3,414 civilian victims of homicides, injuries, kidnappings and sexual violence have been confirmed in a total of 982 documented incidents.

Most of the victims were men – 75% –, followed by women and children – 14 and 11% respectively. By comparison, in 2020 the Mission reported 5,850 civilian casualties.

In concrete terms, cases of sexual violence linked to internal conflicts have slightly decreased, from 211 in 2020 to 194 in 2021, although it is true that the United Nations has stressed that these figures continue to represent “unacceptable levels”.

UNMISS noted that many victims were killed or injured in attacks by armed militias in Junqali States and Greater Pibor Administrative Zone; being, on the other hand, the month of May the period in which the violence intensified with at least 230 dead, 178 kidnapped and fourteen women victims of sexual violence.

Similarly, the UN mission also deplored “the worrying increase in clashes in Tambura, Western Equatoria State, between ethnic militias who “are supposedly affiliated with the conventional parties to the conflict”. This escalation resulted in 440 deaths, 18 injuries, 74 kidnappings and 64 cases of sexual violence.

In the face of these developments, UNMISS has deployed peacekeepers to the most conflict areas, establishing 116 temporary operating bases last year to “enhance the protection of civilians through patrols”, as well as political consultations. and community at local, state and local levels. National level.

Finally, given these findings, UNMISS urged the government of South Sudan to investigate human rights violations and abuses, while demanding that “all perpetrators be held accountable”.

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