Child labour has increased to 160 million – the first rise in two decades – and that number could swell by millions more because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the UN said on Thursday. A report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and International Labour Organization (ILO)[…]
The UN Security Council has called on Yemen’s Houthi rebels to quickly allow UN experts to examine an oil tanker moored off the country’s coast loaded with more than one million barrels of crude oil, warning there is a growing risk it could rupture or explode “causing an environmental, economic,[…]
The Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister has expressed “concern” with India over its decision to abstain from a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution that called for a probe into alleged crimes committed during Israel’s 11-day offensive in the Gaza Strip. In a letter addressed to India’s minister of external affairs,[…]
Amnesty International and more than 200 other non-governmental organisations have called for a global arms embargo on Myanmar given the continuing violent crackdown by the military on protesters following the coup there in February. “It is time for the UN Security Council to use its unique powers to impose a[…]
Parliament’s Justice and Correctional Services Committee will soon begin processing the United Nations Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid. Known simply as the Apartheid Convention, it was adopted by the General Assembly in 1973 as part of its opposition to the practices of South Africa’s[…]
More than 1,000 survivors of a deadly attack last week on the town of Palma in northern Mozambique have safely reached the port of Pemba by boat, some of them crying on arrival after spending days hiding in the forest. Aid workers on Thursday were at the crowded port in[…]
China is joining the race with international competitors to participate in a boom of megaprojects and infrastructure developments currently under way in Egypt as President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi seeks to modernise and transform the Middle East’s most populous country. “Egypt has always loved megaprojects,” Mohamed el-Dahshan, a fellow at Chatham[…]
Explosions rocked the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, as the Saudi-led coalition targeted Houthi rebels on Sunday amid rising tensions. The coalition said it hit military targets after intercepting 12 drones launched by the rebels, in a sharp escalation in cross-border attacks on the kingdom. Meanwhile, the Houthis said they intercepted a[…]
At least 38 people were killed in anti-coup protests in Myanmar on Wednesday, the United Nations said, in the bloodiest crackdown yet on peaceful demonstrations against a military coup. Security forces opened fire on people protesting against military rule across Myanmar, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and[…]
A UN envoy on Sunday pushed for progress on the eve of the latest round of talks in Geneva towards revising Syria’s constitution and winding down the country’s nine-year-old civil war. “We want to see progress,” Geir Pedersen, the UN special envoy for Syria, told reporters during a virtual news[…]
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