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UN urges restoration of rule of law following Thai coup

New York, May 24 (IBNS): The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday urged Thailand to ensure respect for human rights and a prompt restoration of the rule of law, echoing a call made on Thursday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon following the military coup.

ICC sentences former Congolese militia leader

New York, May 24 (IBNS): The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday sentenced former militia leader Germain Katanga to 12 years in prison for war crimes committed in relation to a 2003 attack in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

UN urges adoption of treaty against forced labour

New York, May 24 (IBNS): Independent United Nations human rights experts dealing with the issues of slavery, migrants and trafficking on Friday called on governments to adopt a legally binding international protocol to respond to the scourge of forced labour.

Boko Haram put on UN terror sanctions list

New York, May 24 (IBNS): The United Nations Security Council has added Boko Haram, the Nigerian militant group that has claimed responsibility for the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in mid-April, to its list of Al-Qaida associates subject to financial sanctions and an arms embargo.

UN condemns killing of Palestinian teenagers in West Bank

New York, May 24 (IBNS): The United Nations human rights chief has voiced her "very serious concerns" about a recent incident involving the killing of two Palestinian teenagers in the occupied West Bank.

Central African children fleeing to Cameroon: UN

New York, May 24 (IBNS): Nearly 30 children - the youngest a baby - died in the past month fleeing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations refugee agency on Friday confirmed, renewing its appeal for USD 22 million in urgently-needed funds to help the growing number of people taking "a journey of starvation and death" in search of safety in Cameroon.

Ban condemns attack on electoral rally in Syria

New York, May 24 (IBNS): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned a deadly mortar attack on an electoral rally in southern Syria and reiterated his call for an end to violence in the country.

Mali: UN heads north to push for ceasefire

New York, May 24 (IBNS): Deadly clashes between Tuareg rebels and Government forces in northern Mali have sent a "small but growing" number of terrified civilians fleeing southward and into neighbouring countries, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday, while senior UN and African Union officials are in Kidal to push for a ceasefire.

Landslides, disease poses threats in Balkans: UN

New York, May 24 (IBNS): United Nations humanitarian agencies on Friday raised concerns about landslides and possible water-borne diseases from the worst flooding in Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in more than a century, which may have disturbed minefields from the Bosnian war.

South Sudan: UN meets rebel leader to discuss peace efforts

New York, May 24 (IBNS): The top United Nations official in South Sudan has met with rebel leader David Yau Yau to discuss peace efforts in Greater Pibor County, Jonglei state, which was once the epicentre of instability in the country.

Thailand: Former PM detained

Bangkok, May 23 (IBNS): In a significant development, the military rulers in Thailand have detained country's ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday , media reports said.

Tennessee man indicted for cross burning

Memphis, May 23 (IBNS) A federal grand jury in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday returned a three-count indictment against Timothy Flanagan, 33, formerly of Giles County, Tennessee, currently residing in Hudson, Florida, charging him with federal offenses for his role in a cross-burning in front of an interracial family’s home in Minor Hill, Tennessee, the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee announced.

Russia, China blocks UNSC referral of Syria to ICC

New York, May 23 (IBNS): Despite repeated appeals by senior United Nations officials for accountability for crimes being committed in Syria, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was unable on Thursday to adopt a resolution that would have referred the situation in the war-torn nation to the International Criminal Court (ICC), due to vetoes by permanent members Russia and China.

Somalia nearing danger zone in critical areas: UN

New York, May 23 (IBNS): While Somalia has made political, economic and security progress in the last 12 months, the country is approaching a "danger zone" in a number of areas, the top United Nations official warned on Thursday.

Ban calls for return to civilian order in Thailand

New York, May 23 (IBNS): Appealing for "a prompt return to civilian order" in Thailand, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed serious concern about the military takeover in the country on Thursday and urged all parties to respect human rights and refrain from violence.