News by topic: Law, Crime Prevention


In wake of UK vote to leave EU, Ban says UN to continue to work with both 'important partners'

24 June – Following the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the UN looks forward to continuing to work with both “important partners.”


ICC sentences former Congolese vice-president Bemba to 18 years in prison for war crimes

21 June – The International Criminal Court (ICC) today sentenced the former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to 18 years of imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic between October 2002 and March 2003.


In wake of deadly Orlando attack, UN officials urge stand against spread of hatred and violent extremism

13 June – Condemning the shooting that occurred early yesterday morning in Orlando, Florida, in which 50 people were reportedly killed and dozens more were injured, United Nations officials have offered deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were murdered while simply enjoying a night out with their friends at a nightclub.


Prosecutor for UN ex-Yugoslav tribunal warns of negative regional political situation

8 June – The top official of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today updated the Security Council on the latest developments in his work, cautioning that while there have been positive developments in national war crimes justice and the Tribunal is on track to fulfil its mandate by the end of next year, the political situation in the region is not keeping pace.


UN reiterates need to tackle illegal wildlife trade after tiger cub bodies found in Thailand

3 June – Following the discovery earlier this week of 70 dead tiger cubs, as well as tiger skins, talismans and other wildlife parts, in a Buddhist temple in Thailand, two United Nations agencies have said those circumstances represent only a “tiny proportion” of the extent of an illegal trade in wildlife that is pushing species to the brink of extinction.


Ban says guilty verdict against former Chadian President marks ‘historic’ day for country’s people

31 May – The verdict announced by a special court in Senegal on the conviction of the former President of Chad, Hissène Habré, of crimes against humanity sent “a strong signal” to those who perpetrate serious crimes of international concern, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.


UN official acclaims 2016 Crime Commission session for role in sustainable development

27 May – As the week-long annual session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) came to a close in Vienna today, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) highlighted that bonds had been strengthened between efforts in crime prevention and criminal justice and work undertaken to promote sustainable development.


At Crime Commission, UN official urges stepped-up responses to curb human trafficking

25 May – Despite all of the positive effects of migration, the unprecedented flow of people is generating new criminal opportunities, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today at a high-level event on the recently launched UN-European Union initiative aimed at curbing human trafficking and migrant smuggling.


UN rights office 'deeply concerned' about possible imminent executions in Gaza

25 May – Expressing concern about possible imminent executions in Gaza, the United Nations human rights office today urged the authorities in Gaza to uphold their obligations to respect the rights to life and to a fair trial and not carry out death penalty.


With many plant and animal species ‘hanging on by a thread,’ UN urges action to tackle wildlife crime

24 May – The poaching and illegal trade of thousands of species across the globe present real environmental dangers and undermine the rule of law, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today, urging shared responsibility among the international community in tackling wildlife and forest crime.