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World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises – U.N.

Jul 13, 2020 - 11:16 PM

Nearly 690 million people or 8.9% of people around the globe are hungry

U.N. to vote on reduced extension of cross-border aid to Syria

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:41 PM

Saturday's vote will be on a new draft text submitted by Germany and Belgium, which would provide for a single aid access point into Syria

WAR-TORN. Syrian gather on July 12, 2017 at a destroyed building in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, 100 days following a suspected toxic gas attack. File photo by Omar haj Kadour/AFP

Pandemic could push 45 million in Latin America into poverty – U.N.

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:55 AM

The United Nations foresees a 7% rise in Latin America's poverty rate in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic hits the region's most vulnerable populations

Venezuelan migrants attempting to return to their country due to the COVID-19 pandemic  remain in makeshift camps at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on July 7 , 2020. - Colombia has exceeded 4,000 deaths from the new coronavirus since it detected the first case on March 6, the Ministry of Health reported this Sunday. (Photo by Schneyder MENDOZA / AFP)

U.N. forecasts even warmer temperatures over next 5 years

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:50 AM

In 2020, the Arctic is likely to have warmed by more than twice as much as the global mean

Students take part in a march for the environment and the climate organised by students, in Brussels, on February 21, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

U.S. killing of Iran's top general 'unlawful' – U.N. expert

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, concludes it is an 'arbitrary killing' that violated the UN charter

QASEM SOLEIMANI. An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force. File photo by IRIB TV/AFP

Europe radioactivity likely linked to nuclear reactor – U.N. watchdog

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:20 PM

The United Nations nuclear watchdog says the detected activity poses no risk

FLAMANVILLE PLANT. This file photo taken on November 16, 2016 shows the reactor Flamanville 3 in the construction site of the third-generation European Pressurised Water nuclear reactor (EPR) in Flamanville, northwestern France. File photo by Charly Triballeau / AFP

E-waste levels surge 20% in 5 years – U.N.

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:03 PM

According to the report, Asia generated the greatest volume of e-waste in 2019, with 24.9 million tonnes

U.N. adopts resolution calling for pandemic-related halt to conflicts

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:12 AM

It is the UN Security Council's first statement on the pandemic and its first real action since the outbreak started

FIRST STATEMENT. In this file photo on April 28, 2017, the UN Security Council holds a ministerial-level meeting. File photo courtesy of UN

Tourism faces minimum $1.2-trillion hit from virus – U.N.

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The world's tourism sector could lose $1.2 trillion due to the coronavirus pandemic – but that's not yet the worst-case scenario

HOLIDAY ISLAND. An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsula along the western coast of Cyprus on May 31, 2020. Photo by Etienne Torbey/AFP

'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

China must reconsider HK security law, 27 countries tell U.N.

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:38 AM

Signatories include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, and 15 European Union states including the Netherlands and Sweden

Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

U.N. rights chief slams virus response in China, Russia, U.S.

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:11 PM

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says it is vital for leaders to maintain 'consistent, credible, and fact-based communication' with citizens

COVID-19 IN RUSSIA. A medical staff gets out from a tent of a testing point for COVID-19 in central Moscow on May 2, 2020. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

'Further chilling effect:' U.N. rights chief urges Duterte not to sign anti-terror bill

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:47 PM

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the passage of the bill 'heightens our concerns about the blurring of important distinctions between criticism, criminality and terrorism'

Protesters gather at the University of the Philippines in Diliman QC on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Different groups converge in costumes, carrying placrds calling for the junking of the anti terror bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

To avoid ICC, Duterte admin forms panel to probe deaths in police operations

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Guevarra however tells the UN Human Rights Council the panel will engage the Commission on Human Rights as an independent monitoring body

UN COUNCIL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra delivers a message at the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 30, 2020. Screenshot from UN HRC

U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war 'without due regard for the rule of law'

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:24 PM

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the 'killings have been widespread and systematic – and they are ongoing'

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIVE: U.N. rights office presents PH situation report to Human Rights Council

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Watch Michelle Bachelet of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents the comprehensive report on Tuesday, June 30, at 4:30 pm Manila time

Israel's annexation plans 'illegal' – U.N. rights chief

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:41 PM

Michelle Bachelet urges Israel to shift course, warning that 'the shockwaves of annexation will last for decades, and will be extremely damaging to Israel, as well as to the Palestinians'

'ILLEGAL.' In this file photo, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech during the World Assembly for Women in Tokyo on March 23, 2019. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

UN warns of 'intensified fighting' in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:15 PM

The United Nations calls on the two parties to 'take urgent measures to spare civilians'

U.N. experts denounce 'repression' of freedom in China

Jun 27, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Around 50 special rapporteurs and other experts denounce the 'repression of protest and democracy advocacy' in Hong Kong and urge Beijing to drop its controversial draft security law for the semi-autonomous city

RIOT POLICE. In this file photo riot police officers stand guard ahead of a pro-democracy march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.N. chief: COVID-19 signals need for global approach to problems

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:56 PM

'We absolutely must come together to reimagine and reinvent the world we share,' says United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

FIGHTING TERRORISM. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres vows to help ASEAN countries in fighting terrorism. Screengrab by Rappler

U.N. experts renew call for urgent probe into Philippines' human rights abuses

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) The experts also call on the International Criminal Court to 'expedite and prioritize the completion of its preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Israel warned at U.N. against annexation but U.S. gives green light

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:04 AM

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president who leads Trump in polls, voices opposition to annexation

CONFLICT. A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Millions of migrant workers head home due to virus – U.N.

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Migrant workers were left exceptionally exposed to the virus and the economic shutdown it triggered, says the United Nations' International Labour Organization

'SOCIAL DISTANCING.' In this file photo, migrant workers eat in the dining area onboard the SuperStar Gemini cruise ship, used to accommodate foreign workers who have recovered from COVID-19, at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre terminal in Singapore on May 23, 2020. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Virus pushing millions of South Asia children into poverty, says U.N.

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:15 PM

South Asia – which includes India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Bhutan – is home to some 600 million children, with around 240 million already living in poverty

COVID-19 IN PAKISTAN. In this file photo, children sell face masks on a street after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19, in Rawalpindi on May 16, 2020. File photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

A quarter-billion children getting no education – U.N.

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:13 AM

Two African countries still ban pregnant girls from school, 117 countries allow child marriages, and 20 have yet to ratify an international convention that bans child labor

SCHOOL OPENING PRE-PANDEMIC. File photos of elementary students. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Fact checking, free press critical amid pandemic – U.N. communications chief

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:23 AM

The deliberate spread of misinformation is putting lives at risk, says United Nations Undersecretary General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming at the opening of the Global Fact 7 conference

Pompeo says U.N. vote on race, policing in U.S. is 'hypocrisy'

Jun 20, 2020 - 9:46 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says UN should look at racial disparities in Cuba, China, and Iran instead of US

PROTEST. A protester holds up a sign on the recently rename Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the sun sets during continued demonstrations on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. resolution condemns systemic racism without naming U.S.

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:53 PM

An initially strongly-worded text proposed earlier this week is watered down, first to remove the call for an international probe, and finally to strip away any mention of the United States

UN RESOLUTION. General view of the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 13, 2018, in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. warns aid flights could collapse in July

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:31 PM

The United Nations is due to transport 78,000 cubic meters of life-saving cargo over the next 6 weeks for more than 30 organizations, but it only has sufficient funds to deliver 56,000 cubic meters

Yemenis displaced from areas near the border with Saudi Arabia receive humanitarian aid given by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the northern province of Hajjah on May 6, 2019. (Photo by ESSA AHMED / AFP)

U.N. nuclear watchdog passes resolution criticizing Iran

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:17 PM

The resolution urges Tehran to provide inspectors from the IAEA with access to two sites in Iran in order to clarify whether undeclared nuclear activity took place there in the early 2000s

U.N. urged to hold U.S. 'accountable' over racism, police violence

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:11 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union warns countries that 'partial or half-baked measures of accountability won't remedy structural racism'

BLACK LIVES MATTER. The reinvigorated anti-racism movement has spurred changes in the worldwide entertainment scene. Photo from Shutterstock

Over 1% of humanity displaced – United Nations

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'One percent of the world population cannot go back to their homes because there are wars, persecution, human rights violations, and other forms of violence,' UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi says

ROHINGYA REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees, without wearing any mask or any other safety gear as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, wait in a relief distribution point at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia March 24, 2020. File photo by Suzauddin Rubel/AFP

India, Mexico, Norway, Ireland elected to U.N. Security Council

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:34 AM

India will now have a seat at the same table as China, just days after the two nations disputed their Himalayan border

NORTH KOREA. The UN Security Council on April 28, 2017, holds a ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Photo courtesy of UN

Floyd's brother tells U.N. 'black lives do not matter' in U.S.

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 PM

'You in the United Nations are your brothers' and sisters' keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd,' says Philonise Floyd

PROBE. George Floyd's brother Philonise is seen on a TV screen during his speech at the opening of an urgent debate on 'systemic racism' in the United States and beyond at the Human Rights Council on June 17, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

7 nations vying for 5 U.N. Security Council seats

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Hoping to woo delegates, both Canada and Ireland have brought out superstar power with Celine Dion and Bono, respectively

SECURITY COUNCIL. This file photo shows a view of the UN Security Council, the most powerful and exclusive organ of the United Nations. UN file photo/JC McIlwaine

Africa urges U.N. probe of U.S. 'systemic racism,' police violence

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:05 AM

'When national processes consistently fail, international processes are needed,' says John Fisher, head of Human Rights Watch's Geneva office


West Bank plan will create 'apartheid' – U.N. experts

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:04 PM

The United Nations experts say the annexation would be a 'serious violation' of the UN charter and the Geneva Conventions, and would only intensify human rights violations in the West Bank

WEST BANK. A view of the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin encampment, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem, on November 23, 2017. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Iran warns against U.N. nuclear watchdog resolution

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Diplomats say the resolution will call on Iran to provide access to two locations where past nuclear activity may have occurred – sites to which the IAEA has been trying to gain access for months

IRAN AND THE IAEA. Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attends the IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on November 21, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Virus crisis torpedoes foreign investment – U.N.

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:20 PM

The United Nations expects a 40% drop in global foreign direct investment in 2020

A boat sails at sunset, against the backdrop of Burj Khalifa and high rise buildings, in the Emirati city of Dubai, on May 27, 2020. - The Emirati authorities eased some of the restrictions that were put in place in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, allowing some businesses to reopen. (Photo by Karim SAHIB / AFP)

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief asks Iran for access to disputed sites

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:43 PM

Rafael Grossi repeats an appeal to Iran to 'cooperate immediately and fully' with the International Atomic Energy Agency

U.N. rights council agrees to urgent debate on racism, police violence

Jun 15, 2020 - 7:14 PM

It is only the fifth time in the council's 14-year history that it has agreed to hold an 'urgent debate,' which is a special debate agreed upon within a regular session of the council

UNHRC. The UN's top rights body agrees to a request from African countries to urgently debate racism and police brutality. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. nuclear watchdog meets as Iran row brews

Jun 15, 2020 - 2:17 PM

(UPDATED) The latest row over access comes as a landmark deal between Iran and world powers in 2015 continues to unravel

UN experts condemn guilty verdict on Ressa, Santos: 'Tragedy for PH democracy'

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:32 AM

'What a complete travesty of justice and an outrage,' says UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye

DEFEND PRESS FREEDOM. Maria Ressa leaves Manila Trial Court Branch 46 after she and co-accused Reynaldo Santos Jr were handed a guilty verdict for cyberliber against businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.N. Rapporteur writes PH court in Rappler case to protect journalism

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:02 PM

David Kaye says he hopes his brief will give Judge Montesa 'a greater understanding of the role of journalists and the special protection all Member States must accord'

AMICUS BRIEF. United Nation Special Rapporteur David Kaye submits an amicus brief to the Manila court handling the cyber libel case against Rappler. File photo by Adem Altam/AFP

U.N. General Assembly will be virtual for the first time

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:43 PM

The UN General Assembly is the world's largest diplomatic gathering, and entails hundreds of side events and bilateral or multilateral meetings of world leaders. It has never been cancelled since the United Nations was founded in 1945.


PH refuses to fully implement U.N. human rights recommendations

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:28 AM

The Duterte administration 'fully rejects' findings of the UN human rights office that government actions are shrinking civic space for legitimate dissent and leading to serious abuses

Protesters gather inside the University of the Philippines campus on June 4, 2020, to protest the passing of the anti-terrorism bill or HB 6875 in congress on June 3. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

1,300 civilians killed in DR Congo, over half million flee in months – U.N.

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:22 PM

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet warns that some of the massacres and attacks behind the killings and displacement 'may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes'

CONFLICT. In this photograph taken on March 13, 2020, Moroccan soldiers from the UN mission in DRC (Monusco) ride in a vehicle as they patrol in the violence-torn Djugu territory, Ituri province, eastern DRCongo. File photo by Samir Tounsi/AFP

Europe boosts aid to virus-hit economies as U.N. calls for 'people's vaccine'

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:28 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says a new vaccine against the coronavirus has to be available to everyone across the world

'PEOPLE'S VACCINE.' In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference at UN headquarters on September 18, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. report raises concern over 'problematic' PH anti-terror bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:31 PM

The United Nations Human Rights Office warns that the Philippines' anti-terrorism bill 'dilutes human rights safeguards' and is 'even more problematic' than the current Human Security Act

DEFENDING RIGHTS. Groups march from Philcoa to the UP Quezon Hall in Quezon City on June 3, 2020, to protest against the passing of the anti-terrorism bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.N. report: PH local system not enough to exact accountability for killings

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

This is noteworthy because to open a formal investigation, where summonses and arrest orders can be issued, the ICC must establish that the Philippines is unable or unwilling to investigate on its own

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler