Law and Crime Prevention

Syria: Use of chemical weapons ‘blight’ on international community’s conscience

Impunity for the use of chemical weapons is “intolerable,” the UN disarmament chief told the Security Council meeting on Syria, held on Monday morning.

Effects of colonialism ‘still being felt to this day’ 

The consequences of colonialism are “still being felt to this day”, Chef de Cabinet Courtenay Rattray told the Special Committee on Decolonization on Friday. 

Brazil: Key torture prevention mechanism whittled down for detainees

Brazil must comply with its international obligations, and reinforce its national prevention mechanisms against torture, UN independent experts said on Friday, after concluding a visit to the country, which is home to the third largest prison population in the world.

Bangladesh: Rights experts decry ‘appalling’ culture of impunity around killing of journalists

Authorities in Bangladesh have yet to conduct an investigation into the murder of prominent journalists Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi 10 years after they were killed, UN human rights experts said on Friday. 

Iraq makes final reparation payment to Kuwait for 1990 invasion

More than 30 years after the UN Compensation Commission (UNCC) was created to ensure restitution for Kuwait following the Iraqi invasion of 1990, the reparations body announced on Wednesday that it had processed its final claim, amounting to $52.4 billion in total.

UN’s top court orders Uganda to pay $325 million to DR Congo

Uganda must pay the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) $325 million in reparations related to the brutal conflict between the two nations from 1998 to 2003, the UN’s highest court ruled on Wednesday. 

Tunisia: Dissolution of judicial independence body a ‘big step in the wrong direction’

Dissolving the Tunisian body that deals with judicial independence, known as the High Judicial Council, is a “clear violation” of the country’s obligations under international human rights law, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet warned on Tuesday.

Haitian teenager spends 3 years in a jail for crime he didn’t commit

A young Haitian man is rebuilding his life, with the support of the UN, after being held in detention for three years, from the age of 15, when he was wrongfully accused of stealing from a local shopkeeper. Many others, like him, spend a prolonged period of time behind bars, before their case comes to trial.

Following DR Congo murder trial, UN calls for death penalty moratorium to remain

Following a verdict in the case of the brutal murder of two its experts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) nearly five years ago, the UN on Tuesday urged authorities to uphold their moratorium on the death penalty.