UN reminds rich countries of climate promises

BERLIN - (AP) As another difficult round of climate talks approached, the United Nations urged rich countries Tuesday to live up to their promises of help for poor nations in the fight against global warming. Outgoing U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer said that, to make headway toward a global climate...

South Korean leader urges peace with North Korea

SEOUL South Korea - (AP) South Korea's president toned down criticism of North Korea in a Memorial Day speech Sunday that stressed the need for peace with the nuclear-armed nation, which Seoul hopes will be punished at the United Nations for allegedly sinking a warship. The annual address...

UN chief moving ahead with probe of Israeli raid

JERUSALEM - (AP) An Israeli official said Sunday that U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is moving ahead with plans for an international commission to investigate Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Ban wants former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, a maritime law expert, to...

Israel: UN to take seized flotilla goods to Gaza

JERUSALEM - (AP) The United Nations will take to Gaza tons of aid supplies languishing in an Israeli port for two weeks since they were seized in a bloody sea confrontation, the Israeli military said Tuesday. Richard Miron, a spokesman for the U.N. Mideast envoy, confirmed the deal. The military said...

UN starts $5M Agent Orange cleanup at Vietnam base

HANOI, Vietnam - (AP) The United Nations has launched a $5 million project to clean up Agent Orange contamination at a former U.S military air base in Vietnam, the world body said Tuesday. The project will focus on dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa airport on the outskirts of southern Ho Chi Minh City...

UN's internal watchdog faces leadership vacuum

UNITED NATIONS - (AP) The leader of the agency that is supposed to root out corruption in the United Nations is stepping down Wednesday with no successor in sight, adding to fears that the U.N. is becoming less capable of policing itself. With the departure of Inga-Britt Ahlenius, head of the Office...

UN eyes private help in $100 billion climate aid

UNITED NATIONS - (AP) A pledge by rich nations in Copenhagen to provide as much as $100 billion a year of climate-related aid to developing countries by 2020 may depend in part on the generosity of private donors and other non-governmental sources. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that his...

Balancing Rights or Building Rights? Reconciling the Right to Use Customary Systems of Law with Competing Human Rights in Pursuit of Indigenous Sovereignty

By: Robin Perry Legal Officer, Human Rights Branch, Australian Attorney-General's Department. The views expressed in this paper are entirely my own and should not in any way be attributed to the Attorney-General's Department. Special thanks to Ross Clarke of the Legal Empowerment Initiative...

International Aviation and Space Law Toolbox

The Limit of the Final Frontier....? Sputnik Welcome to the LexisNexis International Aviation and Space Law Toolbox, the collection of our content that provides laws and legal analysis pertinent to the resolution of issues pertaining to the aviation industry and/or arising in or concerning outer...

UN: 2.4 million human trafficking victims

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. crime-fighting office said Tuesday that 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time, and 80 percent of them are being exploited as sexual slaves. Yuri Fedotov, the head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, told a Full version...

Dutch court rules UN immune in Srebrenica case

THE HAGUE Netherlands (AP) - The Dutch Supreme Court rejected Friday an attempt by relatives of Bosnian Muslim men murdered by Serb forces in 1995 to sue the United Nations for failing to Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

UN rights panel probes use of mercenaries in Libya

GENEVA (AP) - U.N. human rights experts say they will visit Libya next week to examine the use of mercenaries to fight the uprising that eventually brought down Moammar Gadhafi's four-decade dictatorship. Faiza Patel, head of the U.N. Human Rights Council panel, says it also aims to Full version...

UN report accuses Canada of complicity in torture

TORONTO (AP) - The Canadian government on Saturday criticized a United Nations agency for issuing a report condemning Canada for complicity in torture and human rights violations in Afghanistan and Syria. A report from the U.N. Committee Against Torture issued Friday said Canadian military commanders...

UN-backed soldiers battle rebels in east Congo

KINSHASA Congo (AP) - Soldiers backed by U.N. helicopter gunships battled rebels around a strategic army garrison near a mountain gorilla reserve in eastern Congo, as thousands of people continued to flee a 3-month-old rebellion allegedly backed by Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Myanmar sentences 2 UN staff to jail for violence

YANGON Myanmar (AP) - A court in Myanmar has sentenced two United Nations staff members to prison terms for their alleged involvement in a spate of bloody communal violence in the west of the country in June, the world body said Monday. The punishments were Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

Sudan withdraws candidacy for UN rights council

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Sudan has withdrawn its candidacy for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council following strong criticism from human rights and pro-democracy groups. Sudan's U.N. Mission said in a letter obtained Friday by The Associated Press that "it is Full version (available to...

UN: Torture of activists in Morocco 'systematic'

RABAT Morocco (AP) - Torture is systematic in Morocco for cases involving anti-government demonstrators and those accused of terrorism, a U.N. expert said Saturday after concluding a fact-finding mission in the North African kingdom. U.N. special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez spent Full version...

UN backs shaming of those who use child soldiers

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday backed the naming and shaming of governments and armed groups that recruit, kill or sexually attack children in armed conflicts over protests from Russia, China, Pakistan and Azerbaijan. A resolution supporting the U.N. special representative...

UN resolution seeks recovery of Mali's north

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a plan to back an African-led military force to help the Malian army oust Islamic militants who seized the northern half of the country and are turning it into an al-Qaida terrorist hub. The French-sponsored resolution...

UN council plans sanctions on Congo rebels

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council announced Friday that it intends to impose sanctions on the leaders of the M23 rebel movement in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where violence has flared again. Guatemala U.N. Ambassador Gert Rosenthal, the current Security Council president...

Sudan blocks UN force from investigating deaths

CAIRO (AP) - The international peacekeeping force in Sudan's Darfur region said Saturday that its forces were blocked by the military from reaching the destination of an alleged attack that killed 10 people. The hybrid U.N. and African Union peacekeeping force, UNAMID, said in a statement that...

UN says access to contraception a human right

GENEVA (AP) - The United Nations says access to contraception is a universal human right that could dramatically improve the lives of women and children in poor countries. It is the first time the U.N. Population Fund's annual report explicitly describes family planning as a human right. It effectively...

UN Security Council puts sanctions on Congo rebels

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sanction the leaders of Congo's M23 rebel force, which hours earlier occupied the eastern Congolese city of Goma as U.N. peacekeepers stood by without resisting. But it did not name two Full version (available to lexis...

UN criticizes Russia over torture allegations

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Committee Against Torture strongly criticized Russia in a report for failing to investigate widespread allegations of torture and stepping up intimidation and reprisals against human rights advocates and journalists. The panel of 10 independent experts expressed concern...

Palestinian Statehood under International Law

Palestinian Statehood under International Law An Analysis and Discussion by John M. B. Balouziyeh, Esq. 1. Introduction General Assembly Resolution A/67/L.28 on the Status of Palestine at the United Nations was adopted on November 29, 2012 by a vote of 138 in favor to nine against and forty...