News by topic: Law, Crime Prevention


UN anti-crime chief opens Crime Commission urging action to prevent migrant smuggling

18 May – The top United Nations official involved in the Organization’s fight against illegal drugs and international crime said today how horrified he was when he first heard the news of migrants dying when their boats sank in the Mediterranean – “the latest reports of a tragedy seemingly without end.”


In wake of deadly shoe factory fire in Manila, UN urges global action to make workplaces safe

15 May – The International Labour Organization (ILO), in a statement issued in the wake of this week's deadly shoe factory fire in the Philippine capital, noted “often such accidents are preventable” and offered its assistance to improve safety and health conditions in the workplace.


Arms Trade Treaty vital to halting flow of ‘portable, casual instruments of death’, Security Council told

13 May – The widespread availability of small arms and light weapons, and their ammunition, is the common factor in over 250 conflicts witnessed across the globe in the last decade, the United Nations Secretary-General told the Security Council today, pointing to 50,000 deaths along with displacement levels unseen since the Second World War as direct consequences of such violence.


International community must be proactive in helping Libya restore peace – ICC Prosecutor

12 May – With the security situation in Libya quickly deteriorating, the international community must be more proactive in exploring solutions in order to tangibly help the North African nation restore stability and strengthen accountability, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the United Nations Security Council today.


UNESCO chief condemns murder of journalists in separate incidents in East Africa

7 May – The head of the United Nations agency mandated to promote freedom of expression and the safety of media workers worldwide has today condemned the murder of two journalists, a Somalian and a Kenyan, and urged an investigation into the two separate incidents.


At thematic debate, UN officials urge ‘cohesive, balanced’ approach to fighting world drug problem

7 May – The international community must seize the opportunity to hold open, comprehensive and in-depth discussions on the world drug problem at next year’s General Assembly special session devoted to the issue, a senior United Nations official said today amid appeals for a clampdown on transnational drug trafficking networks and their criminal offshoots.