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UN Human Rights Chief Says Zimbabwe Must Prevent Political Violence

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.N. human rights chief says Zimbabwe must work to prevent a replay of the violence that undermined the country’s 2008 elections. Navi Pillay met with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Harare Tuesday, as she continued a five-day visit to Zimbabwe to assess the country’s human rights situation. Pillay said the prime minister convinced her […]

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UN Urges Sudan to Pull Troops from Abyei

Posted May 18th, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council is demanding Sudan withdraw its troops from the disputed region of Abyei and that it reach an agreement with South Sudan on the status of the oil-rich border region. The council on Thursday extended the U.N. security force mission in Abyei for six months. It also expressed concern at delays […]

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UN Experts: Iran Sending Arms to Syria, Violating Sanctions

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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An expert panel monitoring United Nations sanctions on Iran says Syria continues to be the main destination for Iranian arms shipments in violation of a U.N. Security Council ban on weapons exports by Tehran. The new assessment said the panel investigated three large illegal shipments of Iranian weapons over the past year. Reuters quotes the […]

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Countries Adopt Guidelines on ‘Land Grabbing’

Posted May 11th, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has published guidelines on so-called “land grabbing,” the large-scale purchase of farm and fishing lands by rich countries in the developing world. Members of the U.N. Committee on World Food Security endorsed the guidelines Friday at a meeting in Rome. The guidelines, which are not legally binding, call on governments to protect […]

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UN Mission Chief in Syria Offers Cautious Hope

Posted May 5th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The following is a transcript of an interview with the Head of the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria, Norwegian General Robert Mood, done in Damascus on May 5, 2012 by VOA Middle East Correspondent Elizabeth Arrott. Elizabeth Arrott: U.N. officials have said they’ve seen signs that there’s been a reduction in violence under the plan, […]

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UN, AU, IGAD Warn Against Spoiling Somali Transition

Posted May 1st, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations, African Union and an East African bloc are warning they will impose sanctions on anyone who tries to disrupt Somalia’s move toward a new constitution. In a joint statement Tuesday, the U.N., AU, and the Intergovernmental Agency on Development, or IGAD, said Somalia is at a critical juncture, and too much is […]

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UN Chief Praises Burma’s Suu Kyi for Ending Boycott of Parliament

Posted May 1st, 2012 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is praising Burma’s newly elected lawmaker and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi for agreeing to end a boycott of the country’s military-dominated parliament. Mr. Ban made his comments Tuesday while meeting with the Nobel laureate at her lakeside home in the commercial capital of Rangoon. “I know that it […]

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UN Chief Meets Suu Kyi in Burma

Posted May 1st, 2012 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has met with Burma’s pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, one day after the newly elected lawmaker agreed to end a boycott of the country’s military-dominated parliament. Mr. Ban arrived at the Nobel laureate’s lakeside home in the commercial capital of Rangoon on Tuesday. It is the first meeting between […]

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Burma Opposition Ends Boycott

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday she and her fellow opposition lawmakers have ended their boycott of parliament and will pledge to “safeguard” the constitution, accepting a term that created the dispute. Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of the National League for Democracy party will attend Burma’s parliament for the […]

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UN Chief Meets with Burma President

Posted April 30th, 2012 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday a dispute with the government over the wording of a legislative oath has been resolved, and she will soon be sworn-in to become a member of parliament. It is not immediately clear how the dispute was resolved. Her party had objected to a phrase in the […]

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