UN| GA takes up texts on terrorism convention, UN internal justice, recommended by Legal Committee

posted on 12.17.2009 by

UN meeting coverage:
Acting without a vote on the recommendations of its Sixth (Legal) Committee, the General Assembly this morning adopted 15 resolutions and two decisions on issues ranging from international terrorism to the rule of law, as it also adopted a text on assistance to the Palestinian people and continued its consideration of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Read more

Press Conference by GA President on Goldstone Report

posted on 11.06.2009 by Lisa

In a press conference Friday afternoon on the previous day’s 114 votes in favour of the resolution on follow-up to the report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, General Assembly President Ali Abdussalam Treki said there was, in the final analysis, great support for the text. Read more

GA President Urges “Take up the Cause of Justice” on Goldstone Report

posted on 11.05.2009 by

The U.N. General Assembly met for the second day to take up the Goldstone report on the Gaza conflict. The General Assembly today voted on and adopted the draft resolution on the Follow-up to the report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (document A/64/L.11), which affirmed that all Parties had the responsibility to respect international humanitarian law, and underscored the importance of safety for all civilians, notably those in armed conflict. The resolution endorsed the Human Rights Council Report adopted at its Twelfth Special Session, and requested the Secretary-General to transmit the Report to the Security Council. It urged Israel, within three months, to undertake independent investigations into violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, towards ensuring accountability and justice. Read more

General Assembly Legal Committee on Extradition

posted on 11.02.2009 by

The Sixth Committee (Legal) of the U.N. General Assembly began work on issues of extradition and durability of treaties, as it continued its consideration of the report of the International Law Commission. Read more

GA Legal Committee Reviews Right of Parties to Express Reservations on Treaty Provisions, or Make “Interpretative Declarations”

posted on 10.29.2009 by Lisa

The U.N. General Assembly’s Sixth Committee (Legal) met on 28 October to continue its annual consideration of the work of the International Law Commission, completing its review of an item on “responsibility of organizations” and other matters, and beginning its discussion on “reservations to treaties” and “expulsion of aliens”. Read more

U.N. Rights Expert on Use of Unmanned Drones by U.S.

posted on 10.29.2009 by Lisa

Philip Alston, the U.N. Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, has voiced concern over the use of unmanned drones by the U.S. to target militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The independent human rights expert said such a practice will be regarded as a breach of international law unless Washington can demonstrate that the appropriate precautions and accountability mechanisms are in place. Read more

GA| Speakers in Third Committee draw links between fight to secure human rights and fight against poverty

posted on 10.28.2009 by

UN meeting coverage as the General Assembly Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) concluded its three-day discussion. Read more