News by topic: Law, Crime Prevention


Ban voices shock, condemnation at Russian politician's 'brutal killing'

28 February – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed shock and condemnation at the brutal killing of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, the United Nations spokesperson's office confirmed today.


UN officials welcome release by Somali pirates of longest-held hostages

27 February – Senior United Nations officials have welcomed the release this week of four Thai nationals after nearly five years in captivity, bringing an end to the longest held hostage ordeal in the east African nation thanks to a mission carried by the UN anti-crime agency.


UN rights office ‘disappointed’ to see Malaysian opposition leader prison sentence upheld

10 February – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that it is disappointed that Malaysia’s Federal Court ruled to uphold the imprisonment of opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim.


UN-hosted aviation safety conference recommends aircraft tracking every 15 minutes

4 February – Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have recommended the adoption of a 15-minute aircraft tracking standard that “will be an important first step in providing a foundation for global flight tracking.”


International Court of Justice dismisses genocide claims by Croatia and Serbia

3 February – The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the main judicial body of the United Nations, today rejected claims made by Croatia and Serbia accusing each other of committing genocide during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, a decision that is “without appeal” and binding.


Ban welcomes transfer to ICC of alleged perpetrator of Uganda war crimes

20 January – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague today of senior Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen, as well as his surrender on 6 January in the Central African Republic.