• Middle East

    For Muslim Women, a Careful Script to Combat Violence

    by  • September 17, 2012 • Gender-Based Violence, Middle East, Women • 4 Comments

    Egyptian women protesting sexual harrasment and violence.

    The saddest stories told by vulnerable women in villages or slum shacks across the developing world most often involve violence or subjugation that they must bear because they don’t know how, or don’t have the means, to escape a bad situation. In the poorest countries, women talk of being assaulted or intimidated at home,...

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    Ban Ki-moon Invokes Strong Words for Iran, Syria and the Nonaligned

    by  • August 30, 2012 • Middle East, Secretary-General • 3 Comments

    Ban Ki-moon meets with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran.

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking on Aug. 30 to the 120-member Nonaligned Movement meeting in Tehran, took a swing at his hosts, saying that denying the Holocaust and threatening Israel’s existence is racist and undermines the values of the United Nations. “We must prevent conflict between all UN member states,” he said, without naming Iran....

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    Swiss UN Mission Asks Others to Help Refer Syria to The Hague

    by  • June 17, 2012 • ICC, Middle East, Security Council • 6 Comments

    Observers sent to the villages of el-Qubeir to conduct a fact finding mission following reports of a massacre.

    As the 300-member United Nations unarmed observer mission in Syria suspends its work because of intensifying violence in the country, Britain and Switzerland are beginning efforts to refer the Syrian situation to the International Criminal Court. The British foreign secretary, William Hague, announced recently that his office is preparing a case against the Syrian...

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    The Security Council Shows Unity on Syrian Crisis

    by  • March 21, 2012 • ICC, Middle East, Security Council • 2 Comments

    special envoy to Syria

    The Security Council adopted a presidential statement today backing Kofi Annan, the joint United Nations-Arab League special envoy to Syria, on his mission to resolve the year-long crisis there. Russia’s UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, told the press after the adoption that his country’s stance on Syria had not changed and that the statement reflected...

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    Security Council Vents Frustration Over Syria Crisis

    by  • March 1, 2012 • Middle East, Security Council • 3 Comments

    British ambassador to the UN

    In a voice of rare unanimity on the situation in Syria, the 15-member UN Security Council conveyed its “deep disappointment” that Valerie Amos, United Nations under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, was turned down by the government to enter the country to assess the humanitarian crisis. The press statement was read by Mark Lyall Grant,...

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    General Assembly Condemns Syria in a Strong Vote

    by  • February 16, 2012 • General Assembly, Middle East, Peace and Security • 7 Comments

    Syrian resolution

    The General Assembly overwhelmingly supported a resolution condemning the relentless “widespread and systematic” human-rights violations committed by Syrian officials and demanded that the government stop all violence and protect its people. The resolution, though not enforceable, also called on Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, to cede office to a vice president and begin negotiations to...

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    ‘A Sad Day for the Council’

    by  • February 4, 2012 • Middle East, Security Council • 5 Comments

    Susan Rice, US Ambasador at the Security Council meeting on Syria.

    Russia and China vetoed the draft resolution on Syria today after the draft went through tense, protracted rounds of Security Council negotiations this week, despite optimism shown yesterday by diplomats involved in the process at the United Nations. The draft was backed by Western powers and the Arab League, which has been leading the...

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