The World of International Organizations

Trump threatens withdrawal from WTO

The World Trade Organization in Geneva (AN/John Heilprin)

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to pull the United States out of the World Trade Organization, an independent colossus that underpins trade rules.

Possible war crimes by all sides in Yemen

Children of Yemen (AN/Werner Bayer)

Investigators for the United Nations said they have identified possible war crimes carried out by all sides in Yemen.

Prosecution urged in Myanmar ‘genocide’

Rohingya Muslims in a Bangladesh refugee camp (AN/Sabina Yasmin)

A panel of U.N. human rights investigators identified six Myanmar military leaders that it said should be prosecuted for genocide against Rohingya Muslims.

Counting the uncounted death toll in Syria

A Syrian refugee woman north of Aleppo province (AN/Manu Brabo)

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.

Human rights applied to machine learning

Machine learning in a robot (AN/Flickr)

International organizations want governments and tech companies to adopt a human rights declaration for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan dies at 80

Kofi Annan at the 2015 One Young World summit in Bangkok (AN/One Young World)

Kofi Annan, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning, charismatic statesman who rose to become the first Black African U.N. secretary-general, has died. He was 80.

U.N. rights chief backs people not nations

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (AN/Anna Rauchenberger)

The departing U.N. human rights chief warned that people’s rights must be strongly defended while populist-driven authoritarianism is on the rise.

China on defensive over Uighur detentions

Uighur camel drivers in China's Xinjiang Province (AN/John Heilprin)

China’s government rejected the concerns of U.N. experts that at least 1 million ethnic Uighurs are being detained and indoctrinated in Xinjiang Province.

Space force may flout international treaty

SpaceX's Falcon 9 delivers ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West B satellites (AN/SpaceX)

More than a half-century after the world agreed to keep the peace in outer space, U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans could violate international space law.

Bachelet named U.N. human rights chief

Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet at the U.N. General Assembly (AN/OHCHR)

Chile’s former president Michelle Bachelet was made head of the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, drawing on her past as a victim.