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In speech to UN Assembly, Yemen’s Minister highlights political transition, urges ongoing support
29 September 2014 – With Yemen pressing ahead after coming through a complex, United Nations-assisted transition, the country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jamal Abdullah Al-Sallal, told the General Assembly today that continued international support would be needed, including a “strong call” from the UN Security Council against those seeking to undermine the political process. FULL TEXT>>

Caribbean Island leaders in UN Assembly warn of ‘real, ruinous’ impacts of climate change
29 September 2014 – Spotlighting the “gathering and intensifying threat of global climate change” leaders from Caribbean Islands today warned the United Nations General Assembly that indifference, narrow interests and electoral cowardice threaten to squander “our only real chance to save the planet.” FULL TEXT>>

World grossly ill-prepared to ‘douse wildfire’ sparked by Ebola, West African leaders tell UN
29 September 2014 – Leaders from Sierra Leone and Liberia, the two countries, along with Guinea at the frontlines of the battle against the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, urged the General Assembly today ensure the United Nations mounted a stronger, better coordinated response “to end this grave threat to our collective survival.” FULL TEXT>>

Uruguay urges rooting new sustainable development agenda in human rights
29 September 2014 – The basis of a new sustainable development agenda must be poverty eradication, rooted in a strong foundation of human rights and recognition of rights, Uruguay’s Foreign Minister today told the United Nations General Assembly, calling for a greater focus on equality. FULL TEXT>>

Colombian bill on military criminal justice ‘major setback’ for human rights, say experts
29 September 2014 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts are calling on the Government and the Congress of Colombia to reconsider the possible adoption of a bill that aims to restructure and expand the scope of the jurisdiction of military courts. FULL TEXT>>

Eritrea: UN expert to investigate pervasive rights abuses as part of ‘historic’ inquiry
29 September 2014 – Amid forced conscription, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, the human rights situation in Eritrea continues to remain “dire,” a United Nations independent expert warned, adding that a new Commission of Inquiry would help “pave the way” to accountability. FULL TEXT>>

UN expert urges European nations to rethink policies as migration-related deaths rise
29 September 2014 – In attempting to seal their borders, European nations are facing an “impossible” task, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights of migrants said today, as he encouraged the European Union (EU) to identify new legal channels of migration in an effort to save lives. FULL TEXT>>

In Assembly speech, Israel’s Netanyahu warns against ‘militant Islam’; denounces UN rights council
29 September 2014 – From the podium of the General Assembly today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the world of the grave threat he said it faced from militant Islam’s desire to dominate the planet, be they Sunni extremists or Iran, defended Israel’s Gaza campaign as moral, and dubbed the United Nations Human Rights Council the “terrorist rights council.” FULL TEXT>>

At UN Assembly, Philippines decries expansionist territorial claims in region
29 September 2014 – The Philippines took the General Assembly podium today to accuse another Member State of embarking on expansionist territorial claims that violate its rights, and called on the United Nations to take speedy action to protect UN peacekeeping forces after Filipino troops were seized in the Golan Heights. FULL TEXT>>

Perpetrators of extra-judicial killings in Mexico must be brought to justice – UN expert
29 September 2014 – The Government of Mexico must “fully investigate, prosecute, and punish” all cases of extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions, a United Nations independent human rights expert stressed today, as he welcomed the country’s recent arrest of eight military personnel suspected in the extra-judicial killings of 22 unarmed criminals. FULL TEXT>>