U.N. war crimes team documents further Syrian govt. use of banned chlorine

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 12 : Syrian government forces fired chlorine, a banned chemical weapon, on a rebel-held Damascus suburb and on Idlib province this year, in attacks that constitute war crimes, United Nations human rights investigators said on Wednesday. The three incidents bring to 39 the number of chemical attacks which the Commission […]

U.N.’s Bachelet presses for new body on crimes against Myanmar Rohingya

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 10 : United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Monday for a new quasi-judicial body to collect evidence with a view to future prosecution of crimes against Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar including murder and torture. An independent U.N. team of investigators said in a report last month that […]

Mosul reconstruction to give UNESCO window to revive fortunes

By John Irish PARIS, Sept 10 : The United Nations’ cultural agency wants to use the reconstruction of Iraq’s second city Mosul as a way to restore its credibility and show how a fraying multilateral order can be revived, its director general said on Monday. Officially entitled the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, […]

“Good progress” at Bangkok climate talks on draft Paris accord rules – UN official

By Chayut Setboonsarng BANGKOK, Sept 9 : A United Nations climate change meeting in Bangkok made good progress on drafting a ‘rule book’ for the implementation of the 2015 Paris accord before a summit in Poland this December, a top UN official said on Sunday, the last day of the talks. The Paris agreement, which […]

Yemen peace talks collapse in Geneva after Houthi no-show

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 8 : An attempt to hold peace talks for Yemen was abandoned on Saturday after three days of waiting for the Houthi movement’s delegation, but the United Nations envoy vowed to press ahead with diplomacy. The U.N. is renewing efforts to end Yemen’s war under a peace plan that calls […]

Yemen peace talks collapse in Geneva after Houthi no-show

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 8 : Yemen peace talks collapsed on Saturday after three days of waiting for the Houthi movement delegation, but the United Nations envoy vowed to press ahead with diplomacy. The Houthi’s failure to come to Geneva for the first talks in three years was “the elephant in the room”, but […]