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News in Brief 22 May 2019

  • Fighting hate crimes in the courts: UN justice experts meet at Vienna conference
  • UK Government austerity measures have led to ‘record levels of hunger and homelessness’ : independent UN expert
  • Algeria and Argentina officially recognized as malaria-free
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Human trafficking cases hit a 13-year record high, new UN report shows

The latest Global Report On Trafficking In Persons, released on Tuesday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at UN headquarters in New York, shows a record-high number of cases detected during 2016, but also the largest recorded conviction rate of traffickers.

Conflict zones provide organized crime gangs with billions of illicit profit every year: crime expert

Transnational crime is a growing risk that is posing a major challenge to police forces, including UN Police, and conflict zones provide the opportunity for organized crime to make profits estimated at over $30 billion every year.

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Organized crime ‘one of the greatest threats to UN missions’: UN Police

From 11-13 September, as part of theTransnational Threats  (TNT) Project, crime experts met at UN Headquarters in New York to find ways to strengthen cooperation, and discuss methods to tackle the problem of serious and organized criminal activity.  Charles Kim, TNT project manager from UN Police (UNPOL), spoke with UN News's Conor Lennon.

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Tackling corruption ‘from the top down’ essential, declares UN chief, marking key global treaty

Corruption and complicity know no geographical boundaries, and it is society’s most vulnerable who get hurt the most, senior United Nations officials said on Wednesday, calling on Government leaders to fight the scourge, “from the top down”.

UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia leaves behind culture of accountability, says Guterres

The United Nations tribunal dealing with atrocities committed during the Balkans wars of 1990s has been a pioneer in creating the contemporary architecture of international criminal justice, and “gave a voice to victims,” Secretary-General António Guterres said Thursday.

Death penalty in Iran applied “for all kinds of crimes”: UN expert

The death penalty is applied for many different crimes in Iran, but no official figures are released for who is on death row, or what they are accused of.

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UN Assembly honours legacy of slain Italian judge, hears calls to bolster fight against organized crime

Marking the 25 years since the murder of an Italian judge who dedicated his life to fighting the Mafia, a senior United Nations official today stressed the need for the international community to renew its commitment to address evolving and emerging forms of organized crime.

Somalia piracy still a concern, UN crime-fighting body warns

Recent attacks on commercial vessels off Somalia indicate that the issue of piracy has never gone away despite a five-year lull in activity.

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"Systematic" increase in violence against journalists in past decade

Organised crime, ethnic and armed conflicts and a rise in demand for information from the public about corruption has resulted in more acts of violence against journalists.

That’s according to Frank La Rue, from the UN cultural agency UNESCO.

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