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Civilians suffering due to sanctions must be spared ‘collective punishment’ urges UN rights expert

Innocent civilians must not be exposed to “collective punishment” in disputes between two States, a United Nations human rights expert has said, calling for greater protection for ordinary people affected by punitive sanctions imposed by one country on another.

Execution of juvenile offender in Iran ‘deeply distressing’ – UN rights chief

Denouncing the execution of a juvenile offender in Iran, whose trial was also reportedly marred by irregularities, the top United Nations human rights official has called on the country to end the use of the death penalty for those under-18, in line with its obligations under international law.

Top UN judicial body orders US to ease Iran sanctions

In a ruling issued on Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, ordered the United States to lift some of the economic sanctions it has imposed on Iran, which effect the importation of humanitarian goods and products, as well as the safety of civilian aircraft.

At UN Security Council, world leaders debate Iran, North Korea sanctions and non-proliferation

President Donald Trump told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that the United States would impose sanctions on Iran that would be “tougher than ever before” in the coming months, following its unilateral withdrawal earlier this year from the deal brokered to restrict Iran’s nuclear programme, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Denouncing US decision to pull out of nuclear deal, Iranian President says talks can resume, but threats and sanctions must end

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday strongly denounced the United States’ decision to withdraw from the 2015 international nuclear deal and said President Donald Trump’s actions to weaken or undercut global institutions showed total disregard for international order.

UN chief condemns attack in south-west Iran which killed dozens

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the terrorist attack on Saturday in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz which reportedly left dozens dead and injured, including children.

Halt ‘imminent’ executions of Kurdish prisoners, UN experts urge Iran

Two independent United Nations human rights experts have called on the Iranian Government to halt the execution of three prisoners from the Kurdish community, amid concerns that they did not receive a fair trial and allegations that they were tortured while in detention.

Iran: UN rights chief ‘deeply disturbed’ by continuing executions of juvenile offenders

Following the execution of a 15-year-old in Iran on Wednesday – the fourth juvenile to be put to death in the country this year – the United Nations rights chief condemned the practice, citing the strict prohibition of such executions under international law.

Top UN political official updates Security Council on Iran nuclear deal

Notwithstanding “the continued adherence by Iran” to its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement is “at a crossroads” the United Nations top political official said on Wednesday.

News in Brief 09 May 2018

  • Iran deal represents ‘significant verification gain’ – UN atomic energy chief
  • ‘Climate risk’ insurance pays off for vulnerable African farmers
  • Unrest and ‘worrying hate speech’ roil Central African Republic: Zeid
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