News by topic: Law, Crime Prevention


ICC orders former Mali Islamist to pay more than $3 million for damage to Timbuktu cultural sites

17 August – For deliberately attacking religious and historic buildings in Timbuktu, Mali, the International Criminal Court (ICC) today issued to Malian Islamist a nearly three million euros Reparations Order, due on 16 February 2018.


Landmark UN-backed treaty on mercury takes effect

16 August – A ground-breaking global convention on mercury today goes into effect, the United Nations environment wing said, protecting millions of children and infants from possible neurological and health damage.


Congratulating Kenyan people on peaceful elections, UN chief stresses dialogue to ease tensions

12 August – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated today the people of Kenya for their peaceful participation in the presidential elections, and, stressing the importance of dialogue to defuse tensions, called on the political leaders to send clear messages to their supporters urging them to refrain from violence in the wake of the polls.


Mauritania: UN chief says 'disagreements' over referendum results must be addressed peacefully

8 August – Following Mauritania's 5 August constitutional referendum, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has encouraged all stakeholders to ensure that disagreements are addressed peacefully within the confines of the law and respect for the rights to freedom of assembly and expression.


Ahead of elections, UN calls on Kenyan authorities to ensure peaceful polls

7 August – On the eve of Tuesday's general elections in Kenya to elect the President and other officials, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on all national stakeholders to renew their commitment to credible and peaceful elections, as well as their confidence in the institutions constitutionally mandated to conduct the elections.


'Act now' to help and protect trafficking victims, UN urges on World Day against the scourge

30 July – Criminal groups feed off the instability created by conflicts, and as links between wars, trafficking and migrant smuggling become more widely known, the United Nations is calling on the international community to act now to help and protect trafficking victims and to end this crime forever.


Half of all countries aware but lacking national plan on cybersecurity, UN agency reports

5 July – Only about half of all countries have a cybersecurity strategy or are in the process of developing one, the United Nations telecommunications agency today reported, urging more countries to consider national policies to protect against cybercrime.