Europe

Secretary-General discusses range of global issues with France's Foreign Minister

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today with the Foreign Minister of France, Laurent Fabius, for talks which covered a range of issues on the global agenda.

UN expert calls on Latvia to ensure economic measures benefit vulnerable groups

Latvian authorities must ensure that vulnerable groups are not disproportionately affected by austerity measures and other economic policies, a United Nations independent expert said today.

Independent UN rights expert urges greater effort to eradicate torture in Tajikistan

The United Nations independent expert on torture today said he was encouraged by recent legal changes in Tajikistan, including the introduction of a new provision defining torture and specifying penalties, but noted that mistreatment of suspects remains common.

Trial of former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic opens at UN tribunal

The trial of Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military chief facing charges of genocide and other war crimes, got under way today in the United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.

UN envoy urges Serbia and Kosovo to overcome past feuds and seek stability

The United Nations envoy in Kosovo today called on both Serbia and Kosovo to put past disputes behind them and focus instead on promoting mutual prosperity and stability, urging the international community, for its part, to ensure that its efforts to help resolve outstanding issues are coherent.

Moldova urged by UN human rights office to adopt anti-discrimination law

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today called on the Moldovan Government to follow up on its commitment to adopt a comprehensive anti-discrimination law.

Seven people reportedly perish trying to reach Europe from North Africa – UN

At least seven people are reported to have died recently while sailing from Libya to Malta, bringing the number of reported or confirmed dead among people attempting to reach Europe from the North African nation to 81 this year, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Ban congratulates France’s new president-elect

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulates François Hollande for his victory in the second round of the French presidential elections, which took place on Sunday, according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

Secretary-General strongly condemns bombings in Dagestan, Russia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks that occurred in Dagestan, Russia, last week, that have reportedly killed at least 13 people and left more than 100 injured.

UN expert launches study to assess migrants’ rights in European border region

A United Nations expert will kick off on Monday a one-year study to assess the impact that migration policies in the Euro-Mediterranean region have on the human rights of migrants, focusing on the management of the European Union’s external borders.