News by topic: Law, Crime Prevention


UN report reveals convergence of environmental crime with corruption, raft of other illegal activities

9 December – A new report by INTERPOL and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) links environmental crimes with other serious illegal activity, including corruption, counterfeiting, drug trafficking, cybercrime, and financial crimes as well as with terrorist organizations and non-State armed groups.


France must protect premises Equatorial Guinea says is housing diplomatic mission in Paris – UN court

7 December – The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has delivered its Order on the case concerning Immunities and Criminal Proceedings(Equatorial Guinea v. France) and the request by Equatorial Guinea to indicate provisional measures.


UN chief commends peaceful polls in Gambia, congratulates President-elect Adama Barrow

2 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the people of Gambia for the peaceful and orderly manner in which yesterday's presidential election was held and congratulated President-elect Adama Barrow.


Cambodia: UN-backed court upholds life sentences for former Khmer Rouge leaders

23 November – The United Nations-backed court set up to bring to trial those most responsible for crimes committed during Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime today upheld life sentences for two top former Khmer Rouge leaders on Wednesday for crimes against humanity.


UN agencies, Vatican issue call to stamp out illegal fishing and ‘modern-day slavery’ on high seas

21 November – Condemning illegal fishing and labour exploitation in the world’s oceans, the United Nations agriculture and labour agencies, joining forces with the Vatican, underlined today the need for collective, global action to end labour and human rights abuse along the entire fisheries value chain.


DR Congo: Ban takes note of appointment of new Prime Minister

17 November – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki moon has taken note of the appointment today of Samy Badibanga as Prime Minister ahead of the formation of a transitional government of national unity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in line with the political agreement of 18 October.


Do not betray the victims; stand by the Rome Statute and the ICC – UN human rights chief

16 November – In the wake of three States withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, the top United Nations human rights official has underlined that there is no substitute for the Court and called on the international community to “place [their] collective shoulder behind [the] institution.”


FEATURE: UN Police heavyweights steer strategies for safer world

10 November – Crisp uniforms and the jingle-jangle of brass filled the corridors. With them, came an extra sense of security that permeated United Nations Headquarters in New York this week. For the eleventh year running, erect posture and striding confidence was the daily modus operandi, as the Heads of United Nations Police Components amassed for UN Police (UNPOL) Week 2016, which runs from 7-11 November.


International Criminal Court aims to make Libya a priority for next year, says Prosecutor

9 November – The International Criminal Court (ICC) will make the situation in Libya a priority in 2017, its prosecutor said today, citing the widespread violence, lawlessness and impunity in the country and the tragic consequences of the conflict borne by civilians.


Ban congratulates Donald Trump on his election as next US President

9 November – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Donald Trump on his election as the new President of the United States.