News by topic: Law, Crime Prevention

UN chief takes note of judgement by German court against Rwandan rebel leaders

2 October – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of the trial judgement handed down by a German court against the President and Vice-President of the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda, also known as FDLR, which has committed war crimes in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Hailing Somalia’s ratification, UN renews call for universalization of child rights treaty

2 October – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led a chorus of United Nations officials in hailing Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and in renewing the call for the last remaining country that has yet to join the treaty to do so.

Burundi leader focuses on recent polls, upcoming dialogue in address to UN Assembly

1 October – The Vice-President of Burundi, Joseph Butore, addressed the General Assembly today, focusing on the elections that took place in his country this year and the upcoming dialogue there.

Fighting terrorism and drug trafficking are key priority’s for Tajikistan, President tells UN Assembly

29 September – Taking the podium at the United Nations General Assembly today, Emomali Rahmon, the President of Tajikistan, stressed that combating terrorism and extremism, and curbing drug trafficking are some of the top priorities for his country.

President of Guyana urges UN to protect small States from foreign aggression

29 September – Reaffirming his country’s commitment to international law and the primacy of the decisions of the United Nations, the President of Guyana today called on the world body to stand by its commitment to protect small States from foreign aggression, in this case, attempts by Venezuela to “unravel borders which have been undisturbed for decades.”

At UN, President of Zimbabwe denounces sanctions against his country

28 September – Addressing the General Assembly today, President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe condemned sanctions against his country imposed by the European Union and the United States and called for broad scale reform of the United Nations and its institutions.

Seventieth anniversary treaty event to focus on UN contributions to international affairs

24 September – Ahead of an annual United Nations-hosted treaty signing event in New York, the Chief of the UN Office of Legal Affairs Treaty Section, Mr. Santiago Villalpando, briefed the press today, highlighting the contributions multilateral legal instruments make to the Organization’s work.

Guatemala: following President’s resignation, Ban calls for peaceful elections

3 September – Taking note of the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he trusted that the authorities would abide by the Constitution and ensure an orderly democratic transition.

Backing UN ‘Agenda 2030,’ parliamentary leaders pledge to place democracy at service of sustainable development

2 September – Parliamentary leaders from some 140 countries today declared that the United Nations must remain the cornerstone of global cooperation as an Organization that embodies the ardent hope of people around the world and pledged to place “democracy at the service of peace and sustainable development for the world the people want.”

UN envoy hails opening of ICC trial against Congolese rebel leader as ‘victory for survivors’

2 September – As the International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda opened today, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict said that it served as a powerful reminder to military leaders accused of similar acts that justice will ultimately prevail.