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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.


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.”


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


European leaders tell UN ‘collective sense of purpose’ needed to maintain peace, security

29 September 2014 – Addressing the General Assembly this afternoon, Liechtenstein’s Foreign Minister, Aurelia Frick, said acts of aggression perpetrated against Ukraine and the illegal annexation of parts of its territory underline the need to enforce international law


Myanmar calls during Assembly debate for UN development aid to solve communal fighting

29 September 2014 – Taking the podium at the General Assembly today, Myanmar called on the United Nations to provide development aid for its troubled Rakhine state, where tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities have affected hundreds of thousands of families.