U.N. taps Chile’s Bachelet to be human rights chief -diplomats

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Aug 8 : U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has chosen former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to be the world body’s new human rights chief, diplomats said on Wednesday. Bachelet’s appointment now needs to be approved by the 193?member U.N. General Assembly. She would replace Jordan’s outspoken Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who is […]

N.Korea has not stopped nuclear, missile program – confidential U.N. report

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Aug 3 : North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters on Friday. The six-month report by independent experts monitoring the implementation of U.N. sanctions was submitted to the Security Council North Korea […]

Arms influx fuels Central African Republic violence -U.N. experts

By Aaron Ross DAKAR, July 27 : Deliveries of Russian weapons to Central African Republic’s security forces this year have pushed rebel groups to bolster their own stockpiles as they consolidate control over large parts of the country, a U.N. panel of experts said on Friday. Central African Republic has been battered by violence since […]

U.S. warns Congo’s Kabila that ‘time for posturing is over’

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, July 26 : The United States said on Thursday it regrets that Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has failed to publicly state that he will not run for re-election in a planned December election, warning him that “the time for posturing is over.” Kabila said in a speech […]

UN rights experts tell Bahrain to halt crackdown on activists and free speech

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, July 26 : United Nations human rights experts called on Bahrain on Thursday to end the repression of activists, restrictions on freedom of expression and discrimination against women. Bahrain, where a Sunni Muslim royal family rules over a Shi’ite-majority population, has cracked down on perceived threats since Arab Spring protests in […]

UN says global fight against AIDS is at “precarious point”

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, July 18 : Complacency is starting to stall the fight against the global AIDS epidemic, with the pace of progress not matching what is needed, the United Nations warned on Wednesday. The United Nations’ HIV/AIDS body UNAIDS said in an update report that the fight was at […]