The World of International Organizations Explained

Trump threatens withdrawal from WTO

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

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.

Possible war crimes by all sides in Yemen

Children of Yemen (ARÊTE/Werner Bayer)

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.”

Prosecution urged in Myanmar ‘genocide’

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

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.

Counting the uncounted death toll in Syria

A Syrian refugee woman north of Aleppo province (ARÊTE/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. If the difficulties have to do with inhumanity and politics, the answers may come more from the realms of data and science.

Human rights applied to machine learning

Machine learning in a robot (ARÊTE/Flickr)

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.

Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan dies at 80

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

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.

U.N. rights chief backs people not nations

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

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.

China on defensive over Uighur detentions

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

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.

Space force may flout international treaty

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

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.

Bachelet named U.N. human rights chief

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

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.

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