The World of International Organizations

U.S. and U.N. roles at odds in Western Sahara

A 2019 SADC conference for self-determination in Western Sahara co-hosted by South Africa and Namibia (AN/S.A.)

(AN) — Pro-independence leaders in Western Sahara want U.S. President-elect Joe’s Biden incoming administration to resolve an apparent contradiction: shifting U.S. foreign policy runs counter to U.N.-led peace efforts in the disputed region.

E.U. and China reach pact on business investment

European Council President Charles Michel at an E.U.-China leaders' video meeting (AN/E.U.)

(AN) — The European Union on Wednesday moved to clinch a major business investment deal with China that has been seven years in the making, despite concerns from the United States and human rights organizations.

Days after election, U.S. rights under inspection

A Milwaukee protester against U.S. detention of migrant children in 2019 (AN/Charles Edward Miller)

(AN) — With U.S. elections just barely decided, the United Nations Human Rights Council finished putting America’s human rights record under a microscope on Friday in a peer-review process applied to all member nations every four years.

Rwandan suspect in 1994 genocide sent to IRMCT

IRMCT's headshot of Rwandan fugitive Félicien Kabuga arrested in the 1994 genocide (AN/IRMCT)

(AN) — French authorities made it possible for a high-profile genocide trial to proceed by transferring a long-sought fugitive in the 1994 Rwanda genocide to the custody of a United Nations criminal court on Monday.

China, Russia join U.N. Human Rights Council

The U.N. Human Rights Council chamber, in Geneva, with its dome painted by Spanish artist Miquel Barceló (AN/Eric Bridiers)

(AN) — Despite stinging criticism from the U.S. government and human rights campaigners, China, Cuba and Russia were among 15 nations that won seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

Report finds pandemic erodes 80 democracies

A U.S. protestor speaks with a line of police officers during the George Floyd protests in Seattle, Wash. in late May (AN/Derek Simeone)

(AN) — Democracy and human rights deteriorated in 40 percent of the world’s nations from rising authoritarianism and inequalities in health systems during the coronavirus pandemic, Freedom House reported on Friday.

Mixed progress cited with 1995 gender goals

International Women's Day March in Los Angeles in March 2017 (AN/Molly Adams)

(AN) — Leaders at a high-level United Nations meeting on Thursday lamented the world’s slow progress over the past quarter-century since adopting a landmark agreement in Beijing for advancing the rights of women and girls.

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