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U.N. Committee Gets ‘Unhindered Access’ to Azerbaijan’s Detention Centres – But Is it Enough?

Friday, April 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 24 (IPS) - Months after being denied access to Azerbaijan's places of detention, the head of the United Nation's Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) announced Friday that his four-member delegation had successfully conducted investigations of Azerbaijani prisons, police stations and investigative isolation units.

Opinion: Burundi – Fragile Peace at Risk Ahead of Elections

Friday, April 24, 2015

JOHANNESBURG, Apr 24 (IPS) - Pierre Claver Mbonimpa is not permitted to get close to an airport, train station or port without authorisation from a judge.  He cannot travel outside of the capital of his native Burundi, Bujumbura. Whenever called upon, he must present himself before judicial authorities.

Talk of Death Squads to Combat New Wave of Gang Violence in El Salvador

Thursday, April 23, 2015

SAN SALVADOR, Apr 23 (IPS) - The resurgence of violent crime in El Salvador is giving rise to a hostile social environment in El Salvador reminiscent of the country's 12-year civil war, which could compromise the country's still unsteady democracy.

Opinion: Peace & Planet: Challenging the Nuclear Powers’ Extremism

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW YORK, Apr 22 (IPS) - On the eve of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference five years ago, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that governments alone will not rid the world of the specter of nuclear annihilation.

Saudis Compensate Civilian Killings with 274 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Yemen

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 22 (IPS) - Saudi Arabia's right hand does not know what its left foot is up to, belittles an Asian diplomat, mixing his metaphors to describe the political paradox in the ongoing military conflict in Yemen.

U.N. Helpless as Crises Rage in 10 Critical Hot Spots

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 21 (IPS) - The United Nations is fighting a losing battle against a rash of political and humanitarian crises in 10 of the world's critical "hot spots."

The U.N. at 70: A View from Outer Space

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 21 (IPS) - When the founding fathers of the United Nations met in San Francisco 70 years ago, an American banker named Beardsley Ruml made a remark:

Opinion: Paying Real Tribute to All Victims of War and Conflict

Saturday, April 18, 2015

GENEVA, Apr 18 (IPS) - The international community will have a great opportunity to jointly advance on the world peace agenda when a United Nations working group established to negotiate a draft U.N. resolution on the right to peace meets from Apr. 20 to 24 in Geneva.

Instead of Scaling up Funding for Education, Major Donors Are Cutting Back

Saturday, April 18, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - Despite commitments by the international community to achieve universal primary education by 2015, funds for education have been decreasing over the past ten years, according to a report released Friday by the global advocacy campaign ‘A World at School'.

Foreign Fighter Recruits: Why the U.S. Fares Better than Others

Friday, April 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, Apr 17 (IPS) - More than 25,000 fighters seeking to wage "jihad" or an Islamic holy war have left home to join terrorist networks abroad, according to a United Nations report released earlier this month.

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