• Security Council and Syria

    Children Trapped in Syria Suffering From the War

    by  • May 8, 2013 • Human Rights, Middle East, Refugees, Security Council • 

    Syrian child in a Jordanian refugee camp

    As the Syrian government increasingly resorts to using heavy armaments and long-distance aircraft — and possibly chemical weapons — to attack the opposition movement and other enemies, the risk of children being killed or maimed in the fighting has risen sharply, says the United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for...

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    Susan Rice’s Rise Beyond the United Nations

    by  • April 18, 2013 • Security Council, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 3 Comments

    Susan E. Rice, US ambassador to the UN

    JENA, Germany — Many rumors abound regarding the future of America’s top envoy at the United Nations, Susan E. Rice. While she is still working as the United States ambassador to the UN, some media reports are predicting that she will become President Obama’s next national security adviser, succeeding Thomas E. Donilon. As to...

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    The Masterminds Behind Security Council Resolutions

    by  • March 14, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council, US-UN Relations • 8 Comments

    Security Council Meeting on the situation in Cyprus

    The United Nations Security Council bases its resolutions on agenda items as varied as the renewal of a peacekeeping force mandate in Haiti to responding to a missile launching in North Korea. With resolutions’ language often dense legalese that recalls, recognizes, emphasizes, demands and, at times, condemns and deplores the issue at hand, the...

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    Guatemala’s Role on the Security Council, as Viewed by Its Ambassador

    by  • March 5, 2013 • ICC, Security Council, UN Diplomats • 3 Comments

    Gert Rosenthal, Guatemala's ambassador to the UN

    Gert Rosenthal does not sound like a Spanish name, but the mother of Rosenthal, the Guatemalan ambassador to the United Nations, was born there and his father was German. To complicate matters, “a little accident happened,” he said, as his parents, Florence and Ludwig, left Germany in the 1930s, and Rosenthal was born in...

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    The International Court Judge’s Fight for Justice

    by  • February 21, 2013 • ICC, International Justice, Security Council • 3 Comments

    Judge Song of the ICC

      The president of the International Criminal Court, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, told a Columbia University audience recently that a major challenge facing the court is what he called a steady lack of political support from the United Nations Security Council and UN member states. “We need a far more consistent and vigilant approach by...

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    Protecting Civilians: How It Works

    by  • December 10, 2012 • Responsibility to Protect, WORLDVIEWS • 4 Comments

    A girl in Freetown, Sierra Leone

    CANBERRA, Australia — A steady rise has been occurring in the last two centuries in the proportion of civilians killed in armed conflict, either from direct violence or conflict-related hunger and disease. The international community has responded to the calls to protect innocent victims by developing two parallel principles, the protection of civilians and...

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    Close Cooperation Is Useful Between the General Assembly and Security Council

    by  • September 20, 2012 • General Assembly, Security Council, WORLDVIEWS • 4 Comments

    Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser of Qatar, the outgoing General Assembly president.

    BERLIN — If you ask people on the street which United Nations organ has more influence, the Security Council or the General Assembly, they will most probably answer: “The Security Council,” since it has the primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security and is the only UN organ that can issue legally binding...

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    UN Mission in Syria Renewed for 30 Days

    by  • July 20, 2012 • Security Council • 2 Comments

    A day after the United Nations Security Council refused to adopt a British-sponsored resolution that would have sanctioned the Syrian government if fighting persisted, the council agreed unanimously to renew the mandate of the UN mission in the country to monitor a cease-fire that never happened. The 400-member team, called the UN Supervision Mission...

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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 Missing Russian Deliveryman

    by  • June 8, 2012 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Bashar Jaafari

    Kofi Annan was too diplomatic to say it in public, but his meaning as he “briefed” the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday on the continuing strife in Syria was unmistakable: Russia has failed. Annan’s plan to halt the fighting that has convulsed Syria for 15 months was crafted to Moscow’s specifications. It made...

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    For Syria, a Way Out That Still Involves the UN

    by  • June 8, 2012 • WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments

    Kofi Annan

    CANBERRA — Syria is tearing itself apart. The minority Allawite-dominated regime of Bashar al-Assad remains determined to crush the opposition, which despises the regime so much it will not bow out. The Kofi Annan peace plan has seemingly failed, and the international community, or more specifically the United Nations Security Council, has found itself...

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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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    The International Criminal Court’s Stance on Torture

    by  • March 30, 2012 • Child Soldiers, ICC, International Justice • 5 Comments

    ICC Bemba

    People who deal professionally with victims of physical and psychological torture want to not only heal their patients but also stop torture dead in its tracks. So they were pleased to learn that like other individuals or groups, they could submit evidence they had gathered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague,...

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