News by topic: Law, Crime Prevention


ICC Prosecutor asks Security Council to act on outstanding arrest warrants

12 December – Omar Al Bashir recently travelled to countries that recognize the International Criminal Court (ICC) but none arrested or surrendered the Sudanese President, the ICC Prosecutor today told the United Nations Security Council.


‘Mission accomplished,’ president of UN tribunal for Former Yugoslavia tells Security Council

6 December – After more than 24 years of operations, the United Nations tribunal set up to prosecute crimes committed during conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s, has now completed all judicial work, the court’s President told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.


Myanmar: opium cultivation down 25 per cent, but conflict areas remain 'safe haven' for drug traders

6 December – The total area of opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar has decreased significantly in 2017 to 41,000 hectares, down 25 per cent from the 55,500 recorded in 2015, a United Nations survey released Wednesday has found.


General Assembly, Security Council fill final vacancy on 'World Court'

20 November – The General Assembly and the Security Council today elected the fifth judge to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concluding the 2017 elections to the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.


Afghanistan opium production jumps 87 per cent to record level – UN survey

15 November – A profoundly alarming trend in the cultivation and production of opium in Afghanistan reveals an 87 per cent production increase compared to 2016, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) said Wednesday in its Afghanistan Opium Survey 2017.


Four judges elected to International Court of Justice

9 November – The General Assembly and Security Council on Thursday elected four judges from an initial pool of six candidates to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.


ICC prosecutor urges handover of Al-Saiqa brigade commander, others wanted for alleged crimes in Libya

8 November – The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Major Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli, a commander in the Al-Saiqa Brigade accused of murdering 33 people in the context of the ongoing conflict in Libya, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the United Nations Security Council.


Corruption hits most vulnerable; obliterates faith in good governance, UN chief tells forum in Vienna

6 November – Corruption can strike anywhere and deny people’s hope of a better future, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the world’s largest anti-corruption forum which opened Monday in Vienna, while urging global leaders to set positive examples and restore faith in good governance.


UN chief contacts New York City Mayor, US Ambassador to extend condolences in wake of deadly attack

1 November – A day after the deadly attack in New York City, Secretary-General António Guterres spoke to Mayor Bill di Blasio and reaffirmed his solidarity with the people of New York.