Tag Archives: UN

Daily Headline – 29/03/13

Turkey deporting Syrian refugees

unhcrThe UN are looking into reports that Turkey has deported up to 600 Syrian refugees from a relief camp.

Officials at the site said the deportations happened but the Turkish government denies this.

Two days ago a protest was sparked off at the camp following the death of a teenager caused by Turkish incompetence as a power line failed and set fire to a tent.

Daily Headline – 28/03/13

UK Home Office fighting to deport rape and torture victim

Odette Sefuko protestAsylum seeker Odette Sefuko has been given an extension on her stay in the UK while DNA tests are undertaken to establish her nationality.

She and the UN claim she is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but the UK’s Home Office claims she is Ugandan.

If she is Ugandan, she will be deported, if she is from the DRC she will be granted asylum.

Odette Sefuko was an anti-rape campaigner in the DRC where her family were murdered and she was raped and tortured and the UK wants to send her back.

Her case drew protests in Sheffield, where she was being held and support from Sheffield’s Labour MP Paul Blomfield.

The UN has labeled the DRC the rape capital of the world.

Daily Headline – 22/03/13

UN; human rights political ploy over North Korea

Korean WarYes, another North Korea post! It’s not our obsession but things are extremely tense on the Korean peninsula and there is a lot of media attention.

This time the United Nations (UN) has voted to investigate North Korean human rights abuses.
No, this is not a joke. For over 65 years North Korea has been abusing the human rights of its citizens but for some reason the UN has decided now would be a good time to investigate.

The fact that North Korea and the US seem to be gearing up for military confrontation is surely just a coincidence that the UN has made this decision… I think not.

Does the UN need political motivation before it starts investigating and taking action against human rights abuses? If so then surely it’s not fit for purpose!

The BBC reports:
“UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the UN had evidence indicating that North Korea’s political prisons held around 200,000 people, with many subjected to rape, torture and slave labour.”

So the UN can tell when North Korea develops nuclear warheads underground but only now has been able to tell that human rights are being abused? Disgraceful.

UN Human-rights

There are 30 ‘articles‘ of human rights, how many are North Korea abusing?

Of course without proof and evidence it is hard to say but I suspect the violations would include:

Article 2
Article 3
Article 5
Article 9
Article 11
Article 12
Article 13
Article 18
Article 19
Article 20
Article 23

So that’s 11 violations out of 30.

Daily Headline – 22/02/13

Iran set to join nuke club

Iran nuclear flagThe International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that Iran is now installing advanced centrifuge machines for enriching uranium at one of its nuclear plant.

Last week it was said that Iranian observers were in North Korea for their nuclear test and now this, it seems certain that Iran is set to follow in North Korea’s footsteps and join the nuclear club.

This has angered the US and they say they are not surprised by Iran’s latest nuclear development.

Where next for the US and the UN over North Korea and Iran? Options and time are running out if they wish to continue exerting their global dominance over other countries.

Daily Headline – 12/02/13

North Korea tests nuclear bomb

Working for the Advancement of North Korean Energy Research

Working for the Advancement of North Korean Energy Research

North Korea tests a nuclear weapon, the US does nothing. Someone mentions in a pentagon corridor that Iraq might have WMD, the US invades.

What’s the difference?

The skeptic says: Iraq has oil
The realist says: Chinese soldiers will kill US soldiers (again)
The optimist says: The US is a peaceful nation

North Korea said it would test a small nuclear bomb after the UN added further sanctions and it did just that this morning (3am GMT).

The situation so far…

Dec-11 Kim Jong-un becomes the leader of DPRK
Dec-11 EU adds sanction against DPRK
Dec-12 DPRK successfully launches a space rocket carrying a satellite
Jan-13 US/UN increases sanctions against DPRK
Jan-13 ROK successfully launches a space rocket carrying a satellite
Feb-13 DPRK successfully carries out 3rd nuclear test

Following this mornings nuclear test the UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it was a “clear and grave violation” of UN resolutions and that it was “deeply destabilising”.

The UN will meet at 2pm (GMT) to decide what action should be taken.

Daily Headline – 01/02/13

Israel continues to breach UN Human Rights

PalestineThe UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has said that Israel is in violation of article 49 of the fourth Geneva Convention, which forbids the transfer of civilian populations to occupied territory.

This is exactly what Israel is doing, they are moving settlers to the Palestinian territory of the West Bank in order to prevent the Palestinians from taking back their land and the whole world knows it.

If this continues then Israel will be forced to face the International Criminal Court (ICC) for serious violations of international law.

Naturally Israel has dismissed the UN accusations out of hand.

Something needs to be done about this immediately, while this is a sign of progress from the international community, they need to step things up to stop the ongoing persecution of the Palestinians.
Of course as we have seen before in the numerous votes at the United Nations that one of the biggest obstacles to the UN making real progress is the United States who endlessly support Israel irrespective of what they do!

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