US quits UN human rights body, citing bias vs Israel, alarming critics

By Lesley Wroughton and Michelle Nichols WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, June 20 : The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. Standing with […]

UN refugee boss concerned over US separating children from families

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 19 : The United Nations refugee agency is very concerned over the United States separating children of asylum seekers from their families, and has raised the issue with Washington, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said. In an interview with Reuters, Grandi said the Donald Trump administration has legitimate […]

“Shameful” handling of migrant ship shows need for EU asylum reform : UN

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 13 : U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi urged the European Union on Wednesday to sort out its “shameful” refugee policy after both Italy and Malta turned away a ship carrying hundreds of migrants. Some 629 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, have been in the central Mediterranean since Sunday aboard the […]

U.N. Security Council elects five members for 2-year term

By Rodrigo Campos UNITED NATIONS, June 8 : The United Nations General Assembly voted on Friday to elect Germany, Belgium, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term in the Security Council starting on Jan. 1, 2019. The council is the only U.N. body that can make legally binding decisions and has […]

Safety and ‘identity’ key for Rohingya returnees – UN chief in Myanmar

By Antoni Slodkowski YANGON, June 6 : Safety and “identity” need to be in place for Rohingya Muslim refugees who return to Myanmar, the head of the United Nations in the country said on Wednesday, as Myanmar and U.N. agencies signed an outline deal on returns. The signing of a memorandum of understanding between the […]

U.S. weighs more S.C. Sea patrols to confront ‘new reality’ of China

By Greg Torode and Idrees Ali SINGAPORE, June 3 : The United States is considering intensified naval patrols in the South China Sea in a bid to challenge China’s growing militarisation of the waterway, actions that could further raise the stakes in one of the world’s most volatile areas. The Pentagon is weighing a more […]