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Secretary-General welcomes US return to Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Following the inauguration of United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General said he looks forward to an era of new leadership towards accelerating climate action, with the US back inside the landmark Paris Agreement.  

UN welcomes Biden administration commitment to refugee protection

The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday welcomed the “positive steps” announced by the new US administration towards migrants and refugees, while the head of UN refugee agency (UNHCR) congratulated the new President and Vice President on taking office, pledging to work with them to strengthen global support for refugees. 

Violent attempt at US Capitol to ‘overturn’ election, shocking and incendiary: independent UN experts

A group of independent UN rights experts released a statement on Monday condemning the violent storming of the United States Capitol building in Washington DC on 6 January, which they described as a shocking and incendiary attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election.

Close ‘disgraceful’ Guantánamo camp – UN experts urge incoming US administration 

Exactly 19 years after the Guantánamo Bay detention centre first opened, UN independent human rights experts on Monday urged the incoming United States administration of Joe Biden, to close the notorious military prison as soon as possible. 

News in Brief 8 January 2021

  • Rights chief Bachelet echoes condemnation of incitement in US Capitol chaos 
  • Mass displacement amid Central African Republic election violence 
  • Vietnam arrests of journalists ‘part of clampdown on freedom of expression’ 
  • UN’s global post-COVID poll: The long and short of what 1.5 million people want 
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News in Brief 7 January 2021

  • Top UN officials saddened by violent mob protests inside US Capitol 
  • Hong Kong: UN human rights office urges immediate release of activists  
  • Guterres ‘shocked’ at massacre of civilians in eastern DR Congo 
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Top UN officials saddened at mob violence during US Capitol breach; Bachelet decries 'incitement' by political leaders

Top UN officials, including the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly have expressed sadness over the violence that erupted on Wednesday when supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol building, temporarily bringing to a halt the disputed certification of November’s presidential election result.

US pardons Blackwater guards: An ‘affront to justice’ – UN experts

Five independent UN experts condemned United States President Donald Trump’s pardoning of private security contractors, convicted in 2015 for war crimes in Iraq, on Wednesday.

News in Brief 30 December 2020

  • WHO urges greater COVID-19 surveillance
  • Blackwater pardons an “affront to justice” – UN experts
  • Refugee evacuations ‘crucial lifeline’
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UN rights expert urges United States to remove sanctions hindering rebuilding in Syria

A UN independent human rights expert, on Tuesday, called on the United States to remove unilateral sanctions against Syria that may hamper efforts to rebuild the war-torn country’s destroyed civilian infrastructure.