International Court Detains Rwandan-Born Warlord
African warlord Bosco Ntaganda was taken from the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda on Friday and flown to International Criminal Court in The Hague, where he faces charges including murder, rape and persecution in a rebel group’s deadly reign of terror that gripped eastern Congo a decade ago.
DR Congo hails UN attack force
The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has welcomed the UN’s decision to create a special force to attack rebel groups along its border with Rwanda. This is the first time any UN peacekeeping force has been given such an offensive mandate.
Rights abuses in DPR Korea may amount to crimes against humanity – UN expert
Many of the systematic patterns of human rights violations documented in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) may constitute crimes against humanity, an independent United Nations expert said today.
Syrian conflict exacting growing toll on civilians, senior UN humanitarian official says
Syrian civilians are increasingly bearing the brunt of the conflict which, as it enters its third year, has led to more than 70,000 people killed and three million displaced, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has said, urging more funding for humanitarian operations.
Security Council approves intervention force to target armed groups in DR Congo
The Security Council today authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within the current United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to address imminent threats to peace and security.
Cambodia: UN-backed genocide court rules Nuon Chea fit for trial
The trial chamber of the United Nations-backed court in Cambodia that is trying those accused of genocide and crimes against humanity today ruled that Nuon Chea, also known as “Brother Number Two” to Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, is fit for trial.
Afghans say airstrike kills civilians
An investigation is under way into whether civilians were killed as a result of a coalition airstrike in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force said Saturday. ISAF confirms helicopter attack, but is investigating whether civilians are among the casualties.
WTO Appeal Hearings in Canada Renewable Energy Row Kick Off
The WTO appeals process for the high-profile dispute over the Canadian province of Ontario’s feed-in-tariff (FIT) programme for renewable energy officially kicked off in Geneva last week, as the EU, Japan, and Canada all participated in the first round of hearings on the subject.
Critics slam Obama for “protecting” Monsanto
Opponents have termed the language in question the “Monsanto Protection Act,” a nod to the major agricultural biotech corporation and other like firms geared at producing genetically modified organisms and genetically engineered seeds and crops. The provision protects genetically modified seeds from litigation suits over health risks posed by the crops’ consumption.
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Breaking: Italian Marines Return to India
Two Italian marines charged with killing fishermen will return to India to stand trial in a bid to defuse a diplomatic rift between the two countries over the case.
US and Japan draw up ‘worst-case’ contingency plan for Diaoyu Islands
US and Japanese officers are discussing worst-case contingency plans for retaking the disputed Diaoyu Islands if China moves to seize them. But the US government didn’t want to fuel tensions, and it’s only one of many topics at the meeting between US and Japan. In the other hand, China’s defense ministry said “The determination and will of Chinese military forces to safeguard China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are steadfast.
Peaceful negotiations for East Sea disputes
Participants from the US, Vietnam, China, Australia, Britain, the Philippines and Singapore made an in-depth analysis of the causes of recent tensions in the East Sea, the role of international law, US-China relations and the role ASEAN plays in settling disputes.
Sea tribunal names judge to PH arbitration case vs China over Spratlys area
The Philippines’ arbitration case against China has moved a step forward after the president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Itlos) appointed the second member of the ad hoc tribunal that would deliberate on the country’s bid to stop Chinese incursions into the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
Endangered sharks to be protected under international law
An international conference voted on Monday to ban trade in some shark species whose populations have fallen to crisis levels due in part to demand from China, the world’s biggest consumer of shark fins for use in soup.
Campaigns on Multiple Fronts Against Whale Hunting
Controversy about the practice of whaling continues. The International Court of Justice, a U.N. court based in The Hague, is considering a challenge by Australia against the whaling practices of Japan, which killed 540 whales in 2011, according to the commission.