Middle East

UN rights expert urges Iran not to execute another juvenile

After receiving numerous allegations that juveniles have been executed in Iran over the past year, a United Nations rights expert is calling on the country’s Government not to carry out the death penalty against Rostam Tajik, a 20-year-old Afghan national who was only 16 when he is alleged to have committed murder.

UN report sees slow progress in resolving cases of Kuwaitis missing as a result of Iraq’s 1990 invasion

Progress in returning to Kuwait the remains of its nationals and others killed during Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion and subsequent occupation of the country has been slow because of the prevailing insecurity in Iraq, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report to the Security Council.

Security Council receives Mehlis report; Annan condemns new assassination in Lebanon

The Security Council and Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the murder of Gibran Tueni, a politician and journalist in Lebanon, as Council members received the report of Detlev Mehlis, head of the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Meeting with Iraqi political parties, UN envoy stresses need for fair elections

The need to hold free elections in an environment free of coercion topped the agenda of meetings today in Baghdad between the senior United Nations envoy to Iraq and representatives of various political parties.

Secretary-General recommends another extension of UN force in Golan Heights

With the situation along the Israel-Syria ceasefire line “generally quiet” but still lacking a political resolution, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today recommended that the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights be extended for another six months.

Iraq: elections mark start of new phase where national dialogue vital, Annan says

The increasingly sectarian nature of violence in Iraq, the continued lack of security, and ongoing human rights violations pose key challenges as the country prepares to go to the polls next week, underscoring the need for the communities to reach out to each other, according to a United Nations report released today.

Security Council members condemn Iranian leader’s Holocaust denial

Members of the United Nations Security Council today condemned recent remarks about Israel and the denial of the Holocaust attributed to Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

UN agency aiding Palestinians halves emergency appeal for 2006 from 2005 sum

Citing recent agreements on freedom of movement and other developments, the main United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees has asked for $95.5 million in its annual emergency appeal, around half of last years request, to allow it to carry out crucial relief operations for 1.6 million people in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Dismayed by kidnappings in Iraq, Annan calls for release of all those abducted

Dismayed by the recent wave of kidnappings in Iraq, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those abducted and strongly reiterated his appeal to all sides to respect at all times the fundamental principles of international humanitarian law.

Reacting against Iranian leader’s reported Holocaust denial, Annan points to facts

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reacted against the reported denial of the Holocaust by Iran’s President and urged all countries to educate their people about the well-established historical facts on the genocide.