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UN tribunal sentences Bosnian Serb to life imprisonment

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today convicted a Bosnian Serb doctor of extermination and persecution of Bosnian Muslims, but acquitted him of genocide, and sentenced him to life in prison.

UNICEF urges UK to protect trafficked children by closing legal loophole

Youngsters from a growing number of countries are being imported into the United Kingdom against their will as cheap labour, often ending up in prostitution, according to a new report published today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Georgia 6 more months

The United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) for another six months, until 31 January 2004, and endorsed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s recommendation to add a civilian police component to strengthen its capacity.

Manchester United celebrates partnership with UNICEF to end child exploitation

Surrounded by aspiring young soccer stars, players from football powerhouse Manchester United led a clinic today at United Nations Headquarters in New York to celebrate its partnership with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to end child exploitation.

UN forum to examine media’s role in Internet age

Media leaders and policy makers from around the globe will convene in a landmark meeting to be broadcast worldwide from Geneva this December to discuss the role of the media in the information society as well as in issues ranging from violence to development.

40 years after Skopje earthquake, Annan recalls global solidarity in reconstructing city

Forty years after a massive earthquake struck Skopje and left 1,000 dead and three-quarters of the city’s inhabitants homeless, Secretary-General Kofi Annan recalled the resiliency of its people and the outpouring of international support that helped in the reconstruction of the capital of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Uzbek executions ‘grave breach’ of international obligations – UN rights chief

The Uzbek Government’s execution of six people whose cases were pending before a United Nations human rights panel was a “grave breach” of the country’s obligations under international agreements it has signed, the UN’s Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights said today.

Former Finnish Prime Minister appointed new head of UN mission in Kosovo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named former Prime Minister Harri Holkeri of Finland as his new envoy and head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

Core political issue to Georgian-Abkhaz conflict still not addressed – Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in a report released today, laments that the core political issue to the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict – the future status of Abkhazia – has not yet been addressed despite the opportunities provide by interested parties.

UN expert on freedom of religion set to visit Romania

A United Nations expert on freedom of religion will travel to Romania at the invitation of that country’s government to meet with officials and representatives of civil society on issues pertaining to the right to free belief.