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U.N. panel cites Venezuela ‘crimes against humanity’

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Carrie Filipetti, left, Venezuelan National Assembly member Delsa Solórzano, center, and investigative journalist Nelson Bocaranda, right, talk about human rights abuses in Venezuela at a 2019 U.N. panel discussion in Geneva (AN/Eric Bridiers)

(AN) — An international fact-finding mission’s report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday raised allegations of crimes against humanity in Venezuela perpetrated by President Nicolás Maduro’s security forces and intelligence agencies.

UNGA approves pandemic measure on 6-month mark

A medical technician pauses between patients at a U.S. COVID-19 testing site in New Jersey (AN/Matt Hecht)

(AN) — The United Nations General Assembly voted 169-2 to approve its third coronavirus-related resolution despite opposition from the United States and Israel on Friday, exactly six months since the World Health Organization declared the world faces a pandemic.

Saudi Arabia sentences 8 in Khashoggi murder

A display at a U.S. Senate hearing in 2019 to mark the 1-year anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder (AN/POMED)

(AN) — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced eight people to prison for their roles in the 2018 orchestrated killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi government-run Al Ekhbariya TV reported on Monday.

Belarus opposition seeks U.N. reinforcement

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko meets with then-OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen at Minsk in 2017 (AN/House of Representatives of Belarus)

(AN) — The opposition leader of Belarus appealed to the United Nations for help on Friday in challenging authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko’s crackdown over a disputed presidential election.

China sanctions NGO heads and U.S. lawmakers

Police face off with protesters at Hong Kong in December 2019 (AN/K.rol2007)

(AN) — China announced that it imposed economic sanctions on 11 nongovernmental organization leaders and U.S. lawmakers on Monday, in a retaliatory move against outspoken critics of its decision to tighten the reins on Hong Kong’s semi-independence.

Groups find authorities prey on African migrants

Muslim students on a field trip in Uganda (AN/John Heilprin)

(AN) — Government officials inflicted almost half of all the violence suffered by people risking grave dangers to transit through North Africa for a chance at news lives in Europe, the U.N. refugee agency and Danish Refugee Council reported on Wednesday.

New evidence of Syrian war crimes found

A school for children displaced by war in Idlib, Syria (AN/Charles Lawley)

(AN) — U.N. human rights experts on Tuesday unveiled fresh evidence of Syrian war crimes and possible crimes against humanity involving people trapped in civilian areas of the opposition-held Idlib province since November.

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