Europe

Georgia: UN calls for probe into use of force against anti-Government protesters

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern about the disproportionate use of force against anti-Government protesters in Tbilisi, Georgia, last week and called for a probe into the actions of the police.

Hungary facing crucial challenges on racism and intolerance, UN expert says

A United Nations human rights expert today urged Hungary to implement the international commitments and obligations that it has made towards tackling racism, xenophobia and intolerance.

Secretary-General travels to Italy for three-day official visit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon heads to Rome later today for a three-day visit to the Italian capital to coincide with celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the country’s unification.

Poland should hold referendum on plan for first nuclear power station – UN expert

An independent United Nations expert on toxic wastes today urged Poland to consider holding a referendum on its proposed construction of a nuclear energy facility, which would be the first in the European country.

Serbian war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic transferred to UN tribunal for trial

The Serbian war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic was today transferred to the United Nations tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to face charges of genocide and other crimes committed against Bosnian Muslim, Bosnian Croat and other non-Serb civilians in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995.

Carpathian nations agree on forest management and tourism at UN-backed meeting

Seven Carpathian States, meeting at a United Nations-backed conference in Bratislava, today agreed to strengthen efforts to protect, maintain and sustainably manage the forest range that they all share.

UN agency urges action to prevent further spread of deadly pig disease

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for stepping up measures to prevent the further spread of a deadly pig disease that is already present in the Caucasus region and Russia and is likely to spread in the coming months.

Arrest of Serbian war crimes fugitive important step in fight against impunity – UN

United Nations officials today welcomed the arrest of Serbian war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic, long sought for his role in the atrocities committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, hailing it as an important step in the fight against impunity.

Carpathian mountain countries meet for UN sustainability gathering

Environment ministers and experts from seven countries in the Carpathian mountain region of Central and Eastern Europe today open a United Nations-backed meeting to discuss the sustainable development of the area.

UN war crimes tribunal charges jailed Serb leader with contempt of court for third time

The leader of the Serb Radical Party, on trial for alleged war crimes, has been charged with contempt of court by the United Nations tribunal for the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s for failing to remove from his website information on protected witnesses in his trial.