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Feb 17, 2015

North Korea says not worried about ICC threat because not guilty

NEW YORK (Reuters) – North Korea said on Monday it is not worried about a threat to refer the country to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, because it is not guilty and wants to attend a U.S. meeting on its rights situation to defend itself.

The United Nations General Assembly urged the U.N. Security Council in December to consider referring North Korea to the ICC after a U.N. inquiry detailed wide-ranging abuses in the hermit Asian state comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.

Feb 15, 2015

U.N. council demands Houthis withdraw, end Yemen violence

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 15 (Reuters) – The United Nations
Security Council on Sunday demanded Iranian-backed Houthi
militia in Yemen withdraw from government institutions, called
for an end to foreign interference and threatened “further
steps” if the violence does not stop.

The United Nations has warned that Yemen is collapsing.
Shi’ite Muslim Houthi fighters have sidelined the central
government after seizing the capital Sanaa in September and
expanding across Yemen, which borders oil giant Saudi Arabia.

Feb 14, 2015

Congo fails to meet U.N. deadline to remove generals linked to abuses

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo failed to meet a U.N. deadline to remove two generals accused of rights abuses and will now be formally notified that peacekeepers will not support its offensive against Rwandan rebels, a U.N. official said on Saturday.

Under the United Nations human rights due diligence policy, the world body has to ensure its support to non-U.N. security forces does not contribute to grave human rights violations.

Feb 14, 2015

U.N. chief appeals to Indonesia to stop death row executions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Indonesia on Friday not to execute prisoners on death row for drug crimes, including citizens of Australia, Brazil, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria and the Philippines.

Indonesia has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap. Five foreigners were among six people executed last month, the first executions since President Joko Widodo took office in October.

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      "I am a Reuters correspondent at the United Nations in New York. I have also covered general news for Reuters in the United States, Afghanistan, Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific. Before joining Reuters more than a decade ago, I had a two year stint at The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh, Scotland and began my career at The Border Mail newspaper in Albury/Wodonga in Australia."
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