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U.N. official says will raise sexual violence against Rohingya with ICC

U.N. official says will raise sexual violence against Rohingya with ICC

DHAKA (Reuters) – A senior United Nations official said on Sunday she would raise the issue of persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, especially sexual violence and torture, with the International Criminal Court (ICC). Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary- General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, also said around $10 million is needed immediately to […]

UN chief warns oceans ‘under threat as never before’

UN chief warns oceans ‘under threat as never before’

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the first-ever UN conference on oceans with a warning that the seas are “under threat as never before” with one recent study warning discarded plastic rubbish could outweigh fish by 2050 if nothing is done. The UN chief told presidents, ministers, diplomats and environmental activists from nearly 200 countries on Monday […]

South Africa to quit International Criminal Court

South Africa to quit International Criminal Court

Government to submit a bill to exit the ICC, amid growing concerns that Hague-based court tries mostly African leaders. South Africa is pulling out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) because its obligations are inconsistent with laws giving sitting leaders diplomatic immunity, according to government officials. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said on Friday that the […]

2015 to see record number of forced displacements: UN

2015 to see record number of forced displacements: UN

The United Nations (UN) says the number of people forcibly displaced worldwide in 2015 is on its way to surpassing a previous record of almost 60 million. In a report released Friday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the number of refugees and displaced people will most likely go above the total figure […]