The World Trade Organization in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)
August 30, 2018
(AN) — U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to pull the United States out of the World Trade Organization, an independent colossus that underpins trade rules among nations. It is the latest example of Trump’s enmity for multilateralism.
Children of Yemen (AN/Werner Bayer)
August 28, 2018
(AN) — Investigators for the United Nations said they have identified possible war crimes carried out by all sides in Yemen: a Saudi-led coalition of Yemen’s government, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia; and the rebel Shiite militia that opposes it. The crimes include rape, torture, disappearances and “deprivation of the right to life.”
Rohingya Muslims in a Bangladesh refugee camp (AN/Sabina Yasmin)
August 27, 2018
(AN) — A panel of U.N. human rights investigators has identified six Myanmar military leaders that it said should be prosecuted for genocide against Rohingya Muslims.
A Syrian refugee woman north of Aleppo province (AN/Manu Brabo)
August 27, 2018
(AN) — The brutality of Syria’s war has made it difficult to ensure accountability — a basic requirement of peace — such as keeping an accurate death toll. If the difficulties have to do with inhumanity and politics, the answers may come more from the realms of data and science.
Machine learning in a robot (AN/Flickr)
August 20, 2018
(AN) — International organizations are campaigning for governments and tech companies to adopt a declaration meant to protect human rights in the age of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Kofi Annan at the 2015 One Young World summit in Bangkok (AN/One Young World)
August 18, 2018
(AN) — Kofi Annan, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning diplomat and charismatic global statesman who rose to become the first Black African secretary-general of the United Nations, embodying many of its biggest successes, failures and challenges, has died. He was 80.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (AN/Anna Rauchenberger)
August 15, 2018
(AN) — The departing U.N. human rights chief has a message — and warning — before stepping down from his post later this month: people’s rights, not those of governments, must be strongly defended with populist-driven authoritarianism on the rise.
Uighur camel drivers in China's Xinjiang Province (AN/John Heilprin)
August 14, 2018
(AN) — China’s government defended itself against reports of serious human rights offenses, flatly rejecting the concerns of United Nations experts that at least 1 million ethnic Uighurs are being detained, re-educated and indoctrinated in the remote Xinjiang Province.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 delivers ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West B satellites (AN/SpaceX)
August 13, 2018
(AN) — More than a half-century after the world agreed to keep the peace in outer space, U.S. President Donald Trump plans to establish a space military force that could be a violation of international space law and presage America’s withdrawal from more international organizations.
Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet at the U.N. General Assembly (AN/OHCHR)
August 10, 2018
(AN) — Chile’s former president Michelle Bachelet was appointed head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, responsible for promoting a main pillar of the U.N. system in a role that will draw on her past as a victim of torture and detention in her home country.