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Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming Meets with Delegation of Senior Diplomats from Africa

The delegation consists of 24 senior diplomats from the foreign ministries of 22 French-speaking African countries, including Gabon and Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as such regional organizations as the African Union Commission and Economic Community of Central African States On October 31, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang …

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Norway urges South Africa, Burundi and Gambia to reconsider withdrawal from ICC

Among the objections the three countries have raised is that prosecution under the Statute of Rome may make it more difficult to reach peaceful solutions to conflicts In recent weeks, South Africa, Burundi and Gambia have announced that they will withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC is …

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UN expert urges major emitters to act now to help vulnerable countries like Madagascar

The Special Rapporteur noted that the current drought in southern Madagascar, which UN agencies have stated has caused acute food insecurity for more than 800,000 people, has been attributed to the effect of El Niño, as exacerbated by global warming The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the …

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South Africa welcomes UN resolution on the Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons

The resolution, which will be tabled for adoption at the General Assembly during December 2016, recommends the convening of a Conference early in 2017 to negotiate a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination South Africa welcomes the adoption on 27 October 2017 of a resolution entitled “Taking …

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UN expert panel cites crimes against humanity committed by Eritrean authorities dating back 25 years

Ms. Keetharuth highlighted the Commission’s clear findings that crimes against humanity have been committed since 1991 by Eritrean officials Eritrean officials have committed crimes against humanity since 1991, including enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder, a member of the former United Nations Commission of …

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Eritrea: UN Commission has urged referral to the International Criminal Court

The Commission has concluded that the Government of Eritrea has neither the political will nor the institutional capacity to prosecute the crimes we have documented States must heed the pleas of countless victims of crimes against humanity for justice and accountability, Sheila Keetharuth of the former UN Commission of Inquiry …

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On the Government of Burundi’s Banning of Human Rights NGOs

A resolution to Burundi’s crisis is genuinely possible through reconciliation and cooperation The United States is deeply concerned by the Government of Burundi’s announcement that it has banned five domestic non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and suspended five others that work in the fields of human rights, election monitoring, and anti-corruption. Civil …

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