UN experts urge Indonesia to overturn Jakarta governor’s blasphemy conviction

By Tom Miles GENEVA, May 22 : UN experts urged Indonesia today to free Jakarta’s Christian governor, who was jailed this month for blasphemy – a conviction that risks encouraging Islamists to challenge secularism in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese popularly known as “Ahok”, was jailed on May 9 […]

Eight months after approval, new UN troops trickle into S Sudan

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, May 19 : Some eight months after the UN Security Council authorized the deployment of an extra 4,000 peacekeepers to war-torn South Sudan, the first of those troops have just trickled in amid bureaucratic hurdles by the country’s reluctant government. “Meanwhile the situation in the country has deteriorated at a […]

US aims to sway China on new North Korea sanctions after test -Haley

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, May 17 : The United States said it believed it could persuade China to impose new UN sanctions on North Korea following its latest ballistic missile test and warned that Washington would also target and “call out” countries supporting Pyongyang. Speaking to reporters ahead of a closed-door UN Security Council […]

International inquiry finds sulfur mustard exposure in Syria

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, May 16 : Investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog found that two Syrian women were exposed to sulfur mustard in an apparent attack in Aleppo province last September, a report to the United Nations Security Council said. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact Finding Mission […]

Central African Republic death toll could reach 30 -UN

By Serge Leger Kokopakpa BANGUI, May 15 : Hundreds of civilians are seeking refuge inside a mosque in the Central African Republic’s border town of Bangassou amid ongoing attacks by Christian militias that have killed up to 30 civilians, UN officials and aid workers said. The attacks throughout the weekend on the town of Bangassou […]

UN torture committee wants Afghan general prosecuted

By Tom Miles GENEVA, May 12 : The police chief of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, General Abdul Raziq, should be prosecuted over allegations of torture and enforced disappearances, the UN Committee against Torture said today. The committee said it was deeply concerned at numerous reports brought to its attention about the situation in Kandahar, including the […]