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US President Trump rejects globalism in speech to UN General Assembly’s annual debate

Taking the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, the world Organization that embodies greater global cooperation, United States President Donald Trump told scores of Heads of State and Government on Tuesday that his country rejects the ideology of globalism, both generally and in relation to international justice and the migration crisis.

International Criminal Court won’t be ‘distracted’ by ‘unfortunate’ threats

The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Monday it was important not to be distracted by threats from the United States, whose National Security Adviser this month described the ICC as “illegitimate”. Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, told Abdelmonem Makki of UN News, that the world needed the US in the ICC, adding that “humanity cries for justice”.

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News in Brief 18 September 2018

  • Myanmar crimes were worse than we expected, says UN investigator
  • 900,000 people affected by typhoon Mangkhut, say UN aid agencies
  • More countries should take in refugees after US decision to cut quota: UNHCR
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Iceland to take vacated US seat on Human Rights Council

Iceland has for the first time been elected to the Human Rights Council, filling the seat vacated by the United States, which withdrew from the body last month, citing bias.

IMF wants to change focus on austerity, says UN rights expert

Financial rescue packages offered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to countries facing economic meltdown, should place less emphasis on cutbacks in future in recognition that the Fund has “gone too far with austerity”, Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, told Daniel Johnson after presenting his report on the IMF — as well as the United States and Ghana — to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Human Rights Council reform should happen from within, says former Vice-President

Human rights affect everyone and all countries have a responsibility to work together to protect them, Christian Strohal, a former Vice-President of the UN Human Rights Council, told Michelle Kusuma in Geneva, following the United States’ decision to leave it earlier this week citing allegations of long-term bias.

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News in Brief 22 June 2018

  • US migrant children policy reversal ‘fails’ thousands of youngsters already held: UN experts
  • Human rights chief calls for international probe on Venezuela
  • Women’s rights facing global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism, UN experts warn
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News In Brief 20 June 2018

  • Replacement for United States on Human Rights Council to be elected ‘as soon as possible’
  • UN providing help to civilians fleeing fighting around Yemeni port of Hodeida
  • Conflict and climate change challenge sustainable development effort: UN report
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Replacement for United States on Human Rights Council to be elected ‘as soon as possible’

International reaction to the United States decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council continued on Wednesday with the President of the Geneva-based assembly confirming that the election of a new Member State would take place “as soon as possible” to fill the vacant seat.

UN rights expert chides US government's 'systematic assault' on welfare

The principal strategy for dealing with extreme poverty in the USA is to “criminalise and stigmatise” those who need assistance, according to a United Nations independent human rights expert, in a statement on Tuesday.