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Hungary must not prevent persons with intellectual disabilities from voting – UN experts

Persons with intellectual disabilities should not be denied their right to vote, a group of independent United Nations experts said today after examining the case of six Hungarians who lost this right when they were placed under legal guardianship.

At UN high-level debate, developed nations put spotlight on plight of vulnerable individuals

Speaking at the General Assembly’s annual debate at the United Nations today, the representatives of some industrial countries urged the Member States of the world Organization to focus on the well-being of individuals around the world, particular those most vulnerable.

With Syria’s neighbours ‘stretched to the limit,’ UN refugee chief urges greater support

The United Nations refugee chief today called on Syria’s neighbours to continue to keep their borders open and provide protection to those fleeing the conflict, and on the international community to help these countries shoulder the burden.

Conflict in Syria ‘a war on terror,’ Deputy Prime Minister tells UN General Assembly

The conflict ravaging Syria is not a civil war but a war on terror, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister said today in his turn at the rostrum at the high-level debate that opens the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.

At GA debate, Gulf State ministers pledge support for nuclear-free zone in Middle East

In their addresses to the United Nations General Assembly today, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain and Oman reiterated their support for making the Middle East a zone free of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, urging greater support for regional partnerships in the field of security.

UN experts urge Spain to do more to ensure justice for relatives of disappeared persons

The Spanish Government must accelerate its response to thousands of cases of enforced disappearances committed during its civil war and dictatorship years ago, a group of United Nations experts said today, stressing these crimes should not go unpunished.

Turkmenistan offers to host UN-backed meetings on disarmament, energy, refugees

Calling for an expanded United Nations role in the world, Turkmenistan today proposed hosting five international meetings next year – on disarmament, energy security, cooperative transport and transit corridors for landlocked countries, desertification, and refugees.

Eritrean Foreign Minister urges General Assembly to reform the UN

The United Nations is debilitated by chronic weaknesses and shortcomings and must be reformed, the Foreign Minister of Eritrea today said, urging also that sanctions against its country be lifted.

UN chemical weapons investigators depart Syria after six-day mission

The United Nations team investigating allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria has left the country after completing its six-day mission, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

Nicaragua continues progress on anti-poverty targets, Foreign Minister says

In an annual statement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Foreign Minister of Nicaragua highlighted his country’s progress towards achieving the anti-poverty goals, which is the theme of this year’s General Assembly.