Agreement should synchronize actions with African Union – Security Council

A new agreement between the Security Council and its African Union (AU) counterpart will allow the two bodies to better harmonize their actions in the interest of international peace and security, the Council heard today.

Secretary-General welcomes agreement on details of UN human rights review

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the Human Rights Council’s agreement setting out how its universal periodic review mechanism will work, saying it “sends a clear message” that the rights record of every country faces serious and meaningful examination.

UN Human Rights Council agrees to details for reviewing countries

The United Nations Human Rights Council wrapped up its fifth session today by agreeing to a package of new measures that includes how the “universal periodic review” mechanism – which allows the human rights records of every country to be scrutinized – will work.

Security Council members head to Addis for talks on UN-African Union cooperation

The first stop for members of the United Nations Security Council travelling on a week-long mission to Africa will be the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where they will focus on cooperation between the world body and the African Union (AU), as well as ongoing efforts for peace and development in Sudan and Somalia.

Security Council members depart on five-nation trip to Africa

Members of the United Nations Security Council leave today on a weeklong mission to Ethiopia, Sudan, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in support of ongoing peace efforts in Africa.

UN probe finds ‘significant’ human rights violations in Beit Hanoun attack

The head of a fact-finding mission dispatched by the United Nations Human Rights Council to Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, where an Israeli attack killed 19 Palestinian civilians last November, said today that “significant” human rights violations occurred there and called for an independent probe by national authorities.

Human rights situation in Somalia deteriorating, UN rights expert says

The human right situation in Somalia is deteriorating as hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes while others are being subject to threats, rape and violence in the war-torn East African nation, a United Nations expert said today.

UN Human Rights Council urged to keep system of independent experts

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today urged the Human Rights Council to maintain its system of independent experts and others who shine a spotlight on troubling situations around the world.

Africa to dominate Security Council’s work this month, says President

The United Nations Security Council will have a “fairly heavy programme” this month, dominated by African subjects and including a visit to the continent, its President for June said today.