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Belarus Opposition Leader Urges Sanctions in UN Address

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya spoke to the UN Security Council on Friday by video link. Belarus opposition challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Friday appealed for help from the United Nations and called for sanctions against those responsible for alleged electoral fraud and rights violations in her ex-Soviet country. Addressing a meeting of the UN Security Council by video link, Tikhanovskaya said the global

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Zelensky to address UN General Assembly on Sept 23 – Mendel

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to address the United Nations General Assembly online on September 23, presidential press secretary Iuliia Mendel has told Ukrinform. “Despite the global coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of many events, the UN General Assembly will be held online. In particular, the UN has prepared a preliminary table of online speeches by heads of state and

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LIVE: Estonia holds a discussion on human rights in Belarus at the UN Security Council

On the initiative of Estonia, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and backed by many United Nations member states, a high-level meeting will be held to discuss human rights abuses in Belarus. Belarus, a country bordering the Baltic states of Latvia and Lithuania as well as Russia, Poland and Ukraine, has in recent weeks seen an unprecedented number

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‘Stop Torturing Protesters,’ UN Experts Tell Belarus

The UN’s special rapporteur on torture told Belarus on Tuesday that it must “stop torturing protesters” and bring to justice any police officers who have  beaten them with impunity. Nils Melzer and 14 other UN human rights experts said in a statement they had received reports of 450 documented cases of torture and ill-treatment of people deprived of their liberty

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The UN Secretary General calls on the authorities and the people of Belarus to engage in dialogue

The UN is monitoring the situation in Belarus, said the official representative of the Secretary General of the Organization Stefan Dujarric. According to him, Secretary General Antonio Guterres “closely monitors developments in the country and emphasizes the importance of giving all Belarusians the opportunity to exercise their civil and political rights,” urging the authorities to exercise restraint in response to

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Russian FSB tortures detainees in occupied Crimea – UN

Employees of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation and other law enforcement authorities in Crimea, use torture; in particular beatings, electric shocks and suffocation, to force victims to incriminate themselves, cooperate with law enforcement or testify against others. This was said in a recently published report by the UN Secretary-General on human rights violations in the temporarily

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UN releases second report on human rights situation in occupied Crimea

The interim report of the UN Secretary-General on the “Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine” has been released as mandated by United Nations General Assembly resolution 74/168. The report covers the period of 1 July to 31 December 2019. “I am honoured to present reports by the Secretary General and

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UN Security Council calls for global ceasefire during COVID-19 pandemic

The UN Security Council has approved a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in all armed conflicts (including in Donbas) and for humanitarian and medical assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, spokesperson for the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN Oleg Nikolenko has said. “One hundred days after the UN Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire during the COVID-19 pandemic,

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UN Secretary-General’s report on Crimea reveals new violations of Russia

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who published a report on human rights violations in the temporarily occupied Crimea in pursuance of the General Assembly resolution, has clearly documented Russia’s new violations of international humanitarian law. “The report of the UN Secretary-General clearly defines the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as the territories of Ukraine which are temporarily

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A Russian diplomat spread a fake about the war in Donbass

Authors:MediaSapiensAnother manipulation was brought to the attention of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexander Alimov, Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, wrote on Twitter that children had died during the war in Donbas. He added to the post a photo of a girl who, according to him, “died from the shelling of the Ukrainian army.” A spokesman

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Trump says terminating U.S. relationship with World Health Organization over virus – media

The U.S. will be redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs. U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he is terminating the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus, saying the WHO had essentially become a puppet organization of China. Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, Trump

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Russia says sanction lift condition for ceasefire – spokesperson for Ukraine’s mission to UN

According to Nikolenko, even if sanctions are theoretically lifted, Russia will not adhere to a ceasefire. Spokesperson for the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN Oleg Nikolenko has said Russia announced at a meeting of the UN Security Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict that there would be no global ceasefire if sanctions remain in place.

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Britain, U.S. Denounce Russia’s Role in Libya Conflict

Ambassadors from the three countries clashed during a United Nations video conference. Britain and the United States on Tuesday urged Russia to stop sending mercenaries to the conflict in Libya, after a recent UN report confirmed the presence of Russian and Syrian fighters in the country.  Russia dismissed the demands at a Security Council video conference, however, denying again that

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Ukraine informs UN about violation of Minsk agreements by Russia

The Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN has announced a violation of the Minsk agreements by Russia’s illegal armed formations in Donbas and called for a global ceasefire. This is stated in a statement on the Mission’s Facebook page. “15 ceasefire violations in Donbas on 10 May alone, leading to the injury of 4 Ukrainian soldiers. Weapons banned under

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Ukraine has blocked Russia’s resolution at the UN

The document contained Moscow’s cynical allegations of “good neighborliness”, blurred theses on weakening sanctions and did not support the Organization’s secretary general’s peaceful initiatives. Ukraine has interrupted the so-called “default procedure” and blocked a new Russian resolution at the UN. This was reported on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Facebook page on Wednesday, April 22. “We will continue to block Russia’s attempts to

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UN promotes ban on trading wild animals to prevent epidemics in future

Buying and selling wild animals in market could become a threat for human lives and the lives of animals that are facing possible danger of extinction Selling wild animals must be banned in order to prevent new epidemics in the future. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the Secretary of UN Convention for Biological Diversity. Interfax-Ukraine news agency quoted her as saying. “We

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UN concerned with increase in civilian casualties in Donbas

Matilda Bogner, Head of UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, states that she is concerned with the increase in civilian casualties in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. “I am extremely concerned with the increase in civilian casualties in the conflict zone, especially those caused by the shelling and fire from small arms and light weapons. In March of

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UN Refrains From Directly Blaming Russia for Syria Hospital Attacks

A UN board of inquiry investigating attacks on civilian establishments in Syria, including hospitals, has refrained from directly holding Russia responsible, according to a summary of its report published Monday. The coordinates of the sites had been communicated to the belligerents by the United Nations to protect them from air strikes. Without mentioning Russia, the investigation concluded that in four

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12 civilians died from mines explosion in Donbas since beginning of 2020, – OSCE

20:30, 4 April 2020 Since 2017, the SMM has recorded about 300 civilian casualties Since the beginning of 2020, 12 deaths have been recorded in Donbas as a result of the mines explosion. This was announced by the head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Yashar Halit Cevik. According to Cevik, in 2019 mines and other explosive ordnance led to 48

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UN General Assembly Resolution Calls for ‘Cooperation’ on Virus

The UN General Assembly on Thursday approved a resolution calling for “international cooperation” and “multilateralism” in the fight against COVID-19, in the first response by the international body since the outbreak began. The resolution, approved by consensus, also stresses “the need for full respect for human rights” and that “there is no place for any form of discrimination, racism and

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Ukraine blocks Russian draft resolution of UN General Assembly on combating Covid-19

08:50, 3 April 2020 If the Assembly passed it, Russia could have disposed of international sanctions; however, the document will not be passed, – Ukraine’s Foreign Minister. Ukraine penalized Russia-initiated draft law of UN General Assembly on fighting coronavirus. If the Assembly passed it, Russia could have disposed of international sanctions. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba posted this on Facebook. “Only Ukraine was

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U.S. accuses Russia of disrupting Minsk agreements

Russia refuses to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements and continues to support bloodshed in Donbas, Acting Deputy Permanent Representative of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Cherith Norman Chalet has said. She said this at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Tuesday, February 18, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “Unfortunately, Russia has

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