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On criminal justice day, UN urges ratification of treaty setting up International Criminal Court

New York, July 18 (IBNS) Justice matters, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed, calling for universal ratification of the Rome Statute, which was adopted 16 years ago on Thursday and established the International Criminal Court (ICC), the world’s first permanent court set up to try war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Recent turmoil in Libya could escalate quickly, threaten fledgling transition: UN envoy

New York, July 18 (IBNS) The top United Nations envoy to Libya on Thursday warned that the risk of a major escalation of the recent fighting in the capital is high and threatens the fledgling political process in the country.

New UN food safety standards include cap on levels of lead in infant formula

New York, July 18 (IBNS) The United Nations body responsible for setting food safety standards this week adopted guidelines to protect consumers worldwide, including setting out maximum levels of lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice.

There can be no military solution, Ban says as Israel launches ground offensive against Gaza

New York, July 18 (IBNS): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday voiced his regret that Israel has launched a ground offensive against Gaza, despite calls for restraint, and stressed that there can be no military solution to the conflict which flared up over a week ago.

Central African Republic: Security Council briefed on roll-out of UN peacekeeping mission

New York, July 17 (IBNS)The insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR) remains a great concern, the top United Nations peacekeeping official said on Wednesday, highlighting the need for airlift capacity and other logistical assistance to increase the number of UN 'blue helmets' in the country.

UN relief chief warns of looming disaster amid linked crises in Sudan and South Sudan

New York, July 17 (IBNS) Deeply concerned by the escalating and increasingly interlinked crises in Sudan and South Sudan, where violence is sparking refugee flows and disrupting harvests again this year, the top United Nations relief official warned on Wednesday that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating for hundreds of thousands of people in both countries.

Israel agrees to 'humanitarian pause' in war-torn Gaza Strip, UN envoy confirms

New York, July 17 (IBNS) After days of escalating violence and follow-on civilian suffering in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations special envoy for the Middle East confirmed on Wednesday that Israel has agreed to a five hour humanitarian pause – set to begin on Thursday morning – and repeated his call on Hamas to respect the lull "in the interest of the people of Gaza."

As violence flares, UN rights expert urges Cambodia to lift protest ban

New York, July 17 (IBNS)The United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia urged all sides to immediately exercise utmost calm and restraint, and reiterated his call for an end to the official ban on demonstrations.

Easing plight of child migrants fleeing Central America requires 'compassionate solutions': Ban

New York, July 17 (IBNS) Deeply concerned by the "urgent humanitarian situation" of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called for Governments of countries where the children start, continue or finish their journeys, to protect their dignity and human rights.

In Dominican Republic, Ban hails collective effort to bolster human rights, development, peace

New York, July 17 (IBNS)In a first-ever visit to the Dominican Republic, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday addressed the National Congress, saying “one country with dedication and solidarity can move the world,” helping to spur progress in across the three pillars of the UN – development, human rights and peace.

UN rights chief warns of 'disturbing lack of transparency' for digital mass surveillance

New York, July 17 (IBNS) The top United Nations human rights official on Wednesday warned of the "disturbing” lack of transparency in governmental surveillance policies and practices, “including de facto coercion of private sector companies to provide sweeping access to information and data relating to private individuals without the latter’s knowledge or consent."

Moscow Metro crash: 2detained

Mosow, July 16 (IBNS) At least two people have been detained in connection with the metro train derailment in Moscow which left at 20 people killed on Tuesday, media reports said on Wednesday.

Israel urges people in Gaza to leave homes

Gaza City, July 16 (IBNS) Amid air strikes, Israel has asked Palestinians living in eastern and northern Gaza to leave their homes, media reports said on Wednesday.

Ban praises Haitian police recruits, judicial institutions in strengthening rule of law

New York,July 16 (IBNS) Calling them "the backbone" of Haiti, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesdaypraised national police recruits and the efforts under way to strengthen the rule of law in the country, as he continued his visit to the Caribbean nation.

Level of human loss, destruction in Gaza 'immense', says UN agency

New York, July 16 (IBNS) The level of human loss and destruction in Gaza as a result of the ongoing conflict with Israel has been "immense,” the United Nations ,"gency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees said today, noting that eight days of hostilities has claimed 174 lives and injured well over 1,100 people.