U.N. bill to give children a voice on violations

Jan 15, 2014

U.N. bill to give children a voice on violations

A new legal instrument will soon allow children from 10 countries to complain to a key U.N. committee if they believe their human rights have been violated. The optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child received the required 10th ratification ...

Nov 6, 2013

China at U.N. demands 'accurate' nuclear account from Japan

China is demanding that Japan provide “accurate” information on how it is handling new fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. China told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that it is worried about radioactive water leaks from the Fukushima No. 1 plant. “China follows ...

Oct 25, 2013

Human rights experts rap U.N. report on Fukushima radiation

Human rights experts, including a U.N. special rapporteur, are criticizing a U.N. scientific report dismissing concerns about the effects of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the Japanese public. Speaking Thursday at an event organized by U.S. and Japanese nongovernmental groups, U.N. special ...

Oct 11, 2013

Japan to finally sign anti-nukes statement

Japan will sign for the first time a joint statement to be issued at the United Nations calling on countries not to use nuclear weapons under any circumstances, government sources said Thursday. Similar U.N. statements have been drafted three times before, but Japan refused ...

Singh tones down hopes for Pakistani premier talks

Sep 28, 2013

Singh tones down hopes for Pakistani premier talks

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday toned down expectations for a planned meeting with Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif on Sunday at the United Nations, saying Pakistan remains an “epicenter of terrorism.” Singh, making what will likely be a farewell visit to the White ...

Sri Lanka more autocratic: U.N.

Sep 1, 2013

Sri Lanka more autocratic: U.N.

U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay on Saturday accused Sri Lanka of becoming “increasingly authoritarian,” with activists facing growing military harassment four years after the end of a civil war. Pillay charged that military officials are harassing and intimidating priests, journalists and other civilians ...

Aug 31, 2013

Website reports major construction at rocket test site

Fresh satellite imagery shows North Korea has embarked on a major new construction program at the facility where it launched a long-range rocket in December, a U.S. research institute said. The construction includes what could be a possible new launchpad for testing mobile ballistic ...

Aug 10, 2013

Zimbabwe in 'secret deal' to sell Iran uranium

Zimbabwe has signed a secret deal to supply Iran with the raw materials needed to develop a nuclear weapon, in breach of international sanctions, The Times reported on Saturday. “I have seen [a memorandum of understanding] to export uranium to the Iranians,” Zimbabwean Deputy ...