• Security Council

    UN Security Council to Study Child Soldier Use in Colombia

    by  • June 28, 2012 • Child Soldiers, Human Rights, Security Council • 7 Comments

    BOGOTÁ — Two longstanding Colombian armed groups are cited in the United Nations secretary-general’s annual “list of shame” released this month, enumerating parties who use children in armed conflict, among other related human-rights abuses. The country’s two major antigovernment guerrilla groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or Farc, and the National Liberation Army (Eln),...

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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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    A West African Coup’s Potential Ripple Effects

    by  • May 16, 2012 • Africa, Security Council • 5 Comments

    Guinea-Bissau army

    DAKAR, Senegal — The fate of Guinea-Bissau hangs on precariously as regional and international bodies involved in resolving the country’s post-coup crisis, which forestalled a presidential run-off vote, disagree about pace and tactics. The complications from the coup and another recent government overthrow, in Mali, have created unease throughout West Africa, possibly the last...

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    UN Security Council Sends an Observer Team to Syria

    by  • April 14, 2012 • Responsibility to Protect, Security Council • 2 Comments

    Russian ambassador to the UN

    The Security Council passed a resolution on Saturday allowing a team of 30 unarmed military observers to enter Syria as soon as Sunday to monitor the cease-fire that has more or less been respected since Thursday. Up to 250 observers, drawn mostly from United Nations peacekeeping troops in the region, are to eventually make...

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    In Tiny Guinea-Bissau, Ruthless Politics and Cool Refrain

    by  • March 30, 2012 • Africa, Security Council • 4 Comments

    Bissau port

    BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau — Guinea-Bissau’s presidential election on March 18 and the shooting of the country’s former military intelligence that evening caught the world’s attention briefly, as rumors of a coup festered. So far, that has not happened. Since then, more prominent West African nations have snagged international attention: the presidential election run-off in Senegal,...

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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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    A Sobering Security Council Trip to Haiti

    by  • February 21, 2012 • Security Council • 

    Security Council Visits the Fort National UN Base in Haiti

    One of the most interesting developments in the Security Council’s work in the past decades is the increasing frequency and immediacy of “road trips” ambassadors are taking to the most problematic places on their agenda. Recent delegations have gone on missions to Afghanistan and numerous African nations, among other places. A year-old Russian proposal...

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    Invoking Pontius Pilate After the Vote

    by  • February 7, 2012 • Security Council • 

    Of the many eloquent, impassioned speeches voiced by ambassadors in the Security Council right after Russia and China’s veto of the resolution aimed at ending the violence in Syria, Pakistan’s stood out for its professorial panache. Abdullah Hussain Haroon, the ambassador of the UN from Pakistan, invoked Pontius Pilate’s washing of his hands over...

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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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    The Responsibility to Protect Gets a Checkup

    by  • January 21, 2012 • Peace and Security, Responsibility to Protect, Security Council • 6 Comments

    When the carnage of the 1990s wound down, with more than a million people dead in massacres and brutal ethnic or political wars in and around Rwanda, the Balkans and elsewhere, nations that had failed to act to stop such tragedies began seeking ways to prevent future catastrophes. From this terrible decade, the long-postponed...

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    New Members, New Chances? Security Council Elections

    by  • October 27, 2011 • Security Council, WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments

    BERLIN — This month, the United Nations General Assembly elected Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo as nonpermanent members of the Security Council for the next two years. Three of the new members, Guatemala, Morocco and Pakistan, were elected in the first round of voting, Togo was in the third and Azerbaijan, in the...

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