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Economic Community of West African States; Nigeria; United Nations: Partnership to Fight Spread of Weapons

(Mar. 31, 2014) Nigeria has partnered with two international organizations, the United Nations and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in developing a weapons collection program for the unstable northern portion of the country. The purpose is to limit the spread of small arms and light weapons (SALW), considered key to the civil […]

Mali; United Nations: Rights Expert Calls for Stronger Judicial System

(Mar. 11, 2014) Suliman Baldo, the United Nations independent expert on human rights in Mali, recently expressed his concern that crimes committed both by rebel groups and national forces during the 2012 conflict in the northern part of the country were not being effectively prosecuted. He issued this assessment in a press release, following his […]

Mauritania; United Nations: Plan to End Slavery Expected

(Mar. 11, 2014) Gulnara Shahinian, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary slavery, announced that on February 27, 2014, Mauritania agreed to adopt a roadmap to end slavery. (UN Expert Urges Mauritania to Take More Vigorous Efforts to Eliminate Slavery, UN NEWS CENTRE (Feb. 27, 2014).) The roadmap, due to be adopted on March 6, […]

United Nations: Working Group Says Private Military Companies Should Be Regulated

(Nov. 13, 2013) On November 4, 2013, the United Nations Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries urged the countries of the world to create a binding agreement that would regulate the operations of private military and security companies (PMSCs). (Press Release, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Expert Group Calls for […]

United Nations: Commission Issues Declaration on Gender Equality and Reproductive Health

(Sept. 23, 2013) The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), hosted the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference in Bangkok from September 16-20, 2013. Ministers and senior officials from 47 countries, as well as civil society representatives, almost 500 delegates in […]

United Nations: U.N. Official Urges Stay of Executions in Gaza

(Aug. 23, 2013) On August 14, 2013, Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, spoke out against executions scheduled in the Gaza Strip. The area has been controlled by the organization Hamas since 2007. According to Pillay, there is concern “at the possibility that executions might be carried out over the course […]

United Nations: New Security Council Resolution Against Sexual Violence

(July 8, 2013) On June 24, 2013, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2106, on increasing the efforts against impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence, whether the victim is female or male. (S.C. Res. 2106, U.N. Doc. S/RES/2106 (June 24, 2013), United Nations website; Julie Deisher, UN Security Council Adopts Resolution Against Sexual […]

Uganda; United Nations: Mobile Courts Program Launched

(Apr. 18, 2013) On April 15, 2013, a pilot program to establish mobile courts in refugee settlements was launched in Uganda jointly by that country’s government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Refugee Law Project (of the School of Law of Uganda’s Makerere University), and the Uganda Human Rights Council. The program’s […]

United Nations: Campaign to Inform Tourists About Illegal Trafficking

(Apr. 15, 2013) On April 5, 2013, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) jointly announced a campaign against the trade in illegal goods and services that funds organized crime. The new initiative includes enlisting tourists to assist law enforcement. The joint press release states […]

United Nations: Agreement on Binding Convention to Reduce Mercury Use

(Jan. 25, 2013) On January 19, 2013, the environment ministers of more than 140 governments, participating in the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC5) to prepare a global instrument on mercury, agreed to a global, legally binding treaty to reduce the use of the heavy metal. Mercury poses health […]