‘Enforced disappearances’, responsibility of Mexican state: UN independent experts
Mexico must begin “processing and punishing those responsible for enforced disappearances”, an independent UN expert declared on Wednesday, in response to a complaint made by a witness to an alleged incident in 2010.
The expert, Hélène Tigroudja, is a member of the Human Rights Committee, a group which monitors how countries, including Mexico, are sticking to international commitments on civil and political rights.
The complaint concerns a man who was taken from his car at gunpoint by police, in the city of Poza Rica in October 2010, and has not been seen since.
According to the Committee, Mexico committed a number of human rights violations, including rights to life, liberty, and recognition as a person before the law.
The Committee published its decision on the case on Wednesday, in which it called for a “thorough, rigorous, impartial, independent and effective investigation” into the case.
Israeli settlement expansion ‘flagrant violation of international law’
Plans by the Israeli authorities for a major expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank have been condemned by the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process as a “flagrant violation of international law”.
Nickolay Mladenov said that approval for the building of some 2,400 housing units has “no legal effect” and constitutes the effective annexation of the West Bank.
Mr. Mladenov added that the plans undermine the chances of “establishing a Palestinian state based on relevant UN resolutions, as part of a negotiated two-state solution”.
Mr. Mladenov’s comments echo remarks made by other senior UN officials: in July, Rosemary di Carlo, the UN’s political and peacebuilding chief, said that Israel’s position on the building of housing units, in settlements illegal under international law, constitutes “a substantial obstacle to peace”.
Embrace new technology and innovation to feed the world, agency urges
The pioneering spirit of the so-called “Green Revolution”, that transformed agricultural production in the Asia-Pacific region, needs to be “retooled”, to embrace new technology and meet the increasingly complex nutritional needs of today’s world, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, declared on Wednesday.
The agency’s statement came during a special meeting held to commemorate 30 years of development progress made by the research foundation created by Mankombu Swaminathan, who is recognized as one of the pioneers of sustainable development.
Speaking at the meeting, Kundhavi Kadiresan, the FAO’s Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, noted the importance of science, technology and innovation, as key factors in feeding the “burgeoning global population”.