Americas

Argentina must ensure independence of its judiciary – UN expert

A United Nations expert today called on Argentina to ensure the independence of its judiciary, following reforms passed earlier this month that affect the election process of the Magistrates Council which appoints and removes judges.

Ban welcomes peaceful elections in Paraguay

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed peaceful general elections in Paraguay that attracted wide participation, reiterating the United Nations’ willingness to work with the newly elected authorities and people in the South American country.

Ahead of Assembly hall renovation, UN honours designers of its iconic headquarters

With an extensive renovation of the great General Assembly Hall imminent, United Nations officials today paid tribute to architect Oscar Niemeyer and other members of the UN board of design in a ceremony that revisited the inception of the iconic Headquarters project.

Guatemala: UN adviser calls on judges to ensure accountability for atrocities

A senior United Nations official today urged judicial authorities in Guatemala to ensure that legal proceedings continue without interference against the country’s former head of State and former head of intelligence who stand accused of atrocities committed in the Central American nation over 30 years ago.

UNESCO chief calls for investigation into murder of Ecuadorian journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today deplored the murder of Ecuadorian journalist Fausto Valdiviezo Moscoso and called for an investigation into the crime.

UN report suggests social conflict in Latin America linked to inequality

The Latin American countries afflicted by the greatest amount of social conflict are also those suffering from broad inequality and limited capacity to manage unrest, according to a United Nations report launched today.

Ban calls Boston marathon bombing ‘senseless, appalling’ act

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the bombing at the Boston Marathon, calling “this senseless violence… all the more appalling for taking place at an event renowned for bringing people together from around the world in a spirit of sportsmanship and harmony.”

Prosecuting past crimes provides hope to survivors in Guatemala – UN envoy

A senior United Nations official today welcomed the efforts of Guatemalan authorities to investigate crimes of sexual violence that occurred during the country's 36-year internal conflict, and urged authorities to ensure a fair trail and protections for the witnesses and others involved.

UN human rights chief urges US to close Guantánamo detention centre

The United Nations human rights chief today urged all branches of the United States Government to work together to close the Guantánamo detention centre, stressing that the indefinite incarceration of detainees is a clear breach of international law.

Secretary-General voices sadness at loss of life, damage in flood-affected Argentina

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his sadness at the loss of life and the damage to homes and infrastructure in Argentina as a result of the torrential floods in the capital, Buenos Aires, and in the city of La Plata.