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Bosnian Serb refuses to testify at genocide trial before UN war crimes tribunal

A former security and intelligence officer in the Bosnian Serb army refused to testify today in the genocide trial of his commander at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.

UN chief to address world’s parliamentarians at meeting in Switzerland

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon heads to Switzerland next week for a three-day visit that will include an address to a gathering of many of the world’s parliamentarians.

UN group on arbitrary detention concerned over practices in Germany

The United Nations independent working group on arbitrary detention today voiced concern over Germany’s preventive detention system, citing the practice of depriving some people of their liberty after serving their prison terms because they are considered a “danger to society.”

UN atomic energy official involved in radiation contamination incident in Belgium

The United Nations atomic energy agency reported today that one of its safeguards inspectors has been involved in a contamination incident at a nuclear waste processing facility in Dessel, Belgium.

Energy and green issues the focus for Ban’s visit to Norway, Denmark and Sweden

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Scandinavia next week, attending meetings on energy, sustainable development, climate change and green economic initiatives, as well as conferring with heads of State and Government in Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

UN human rights office speaks out against targeting of Roma in Bulgaria

The United Nations human rights office today voiced deep concern about the anti-Roma demonstrations and accompanying hate speech that have been occurring in Bulgaria, and called on authorities to combat discrimination and protect minority groups.

Slovenia’s response in wake of Japanese nuclear accident praised by UN

United Nations atomic experts today commended Slovenia’s regulatory framework for nuclear safety, citing its prompt reaction to the implications of the accident and radiation release at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant earlier this year.

UN urges better protection programme after Kosovo war crimes witness found dead

An effective witness protection programme is crucial to ensure justice and end impunity regarding human rights violations in Kosovo, the United Nations said today, as it voiced concern that a key witness in a war crimes case was found dead this week.

Jailed Serb leader loses bid to have UN war crimes court end case against him

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has rejected a request by the leader of the Serb Radical Party to discontinue proceedings against him, finding he had failed to prove that his right to trial within a reasonable period had been violated.

Children with disabilities in former Soviet countries face discrimination – UN

Some 1.1 million children with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union are hidden away at home or in institutions, the United Nations reported today, calling on States that have not yet done so to sign a UN treaty guaranteeing their social inclusion.