Law and Crime Prevention

UN rights chief welcomes verdict in George Floyd murder case 

The guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd murder trial has been welcomed by the UN human rights chief, who said on Wednesday that “any other result would have been a travesty of justice”. 

COVID complicates efforts to shut down drug traffickers, boost development

The growing complexities of the world drug problem are hampering efforts to achieve sustainable development by the end of the decade: a situation which the COVID-19 pandemic has only compounded, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said on Monday. 

‘Reasonable grounds’ to believe Syrian military helicopter deployed chemical weapon: OPCW

A report released on Monday by the body dedicated to freeing the world of chemical weapons, concludes that there are “reasonable grounds” to believe that a Syrian military helicopter carried out a chemical attack on the town of Saraqib, in 2018.

Secretary-General welcomes US decision to lift sanctions against ICC officials

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the decision by the United States to lift sanctions and visa restrictions against officials with the International Criminal Court (ICC).

UN chief ‘profoundly concerned’ over rise in violence against Asians

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has issued a statement expressing his profound concern over the rise in violence against Asians, and people of Asian descent, during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

No ‘fix’ to police violence, without tackling scourge in society, says rights chief

The Human Rights Council embarked on a discussion over police violence against people of African descent on Friday, with a warning from UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet that “brutality and discrimination against people of African descent continue to occur”.

World’s crime fighters push back against COVID-19’s ‘divisions and inequalities’

The world’s largest crime prevention and criminal justice gathering wrapped up on Friday, rejecting “the divisions and inequalities” exposed by COVID-19, according to the top UN crime-fighting official. 
 

Impact of COVID-19 ‘heavily felt’ by prisoners globally: UN expert

People incarcerated across the world are being “disproportionately affected” by the COVID-19 pandemic according to a UN expert on prison reform.

Philippines: UN rights office appalled over simultaneous killings of ‘red-tagged’ activists  

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday that it was “appalled” by what appears to be the simultaneous arbitrary killings of nine activists in the Philippines during police-military operations in provinces surrounding the metropolitan area of the capital, Manila. 

ICC Prosecutor opens probe into alleged crimes in occupied Palestine

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Wednesday that her Office has started an investigation into crimes allegedly committed in Occupied Palestinian Territory.