Latest United Nations General Assembly News

Key UN committee condemns North Korean violations of rights

Nov. 14, 2019 5:18 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key U.N. committee approved a resolution Thursday condemning North Korea’s widespread human rights violations which may amount to crimes against humanity — a decision denounced by the country’s U.N. mission as “politically motivated” and based on...

The Latest: Iran says working with IAEA to answer questions

Nov. 11, 2019 2:13 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on the Iran nuclear deal (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Iran's deputy U.N. ambassador has responded to new concerns about the country's nuclear activities saying it "continues to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency to answer questions raised by it." Eshagh Al Habib...

North Korea assails US, South Korea and UN nuclear agency

Nov. 11, 2019 1:19 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea on Monday accused the United States of "political and military provocations" and South Korea of "double-dealing behavior." North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Kim Song made the accusations in a speech to a General Assembly meeting on the International Atomic Energy Agency, which...

UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo on Cuba

Nov. 7, 2019 4:14 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting U.S. criticism of human rights violations there and criticizing the Trump administration's increasingly tough enforcement measures. The vote in the...

China and West clash over claims Beijing oppresses Uighurs

Oct. 29, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China and the West clashed at the U.N. human rights committee Tuesday over claims that Beijing systematically oppresses ethnic minority Muslims in far western Xinjiang province. Belarus read a statement on behalf of 54 countries commending "China's remarkable achievements in the field...

UN expert: Iran executes children in violation of rights law

Oct. 23, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran executed seven child offenders last year and two so far this year even though human rights law prohibits the death penalty for anyone under age 18, a U.N. independent human rights expert said Wednesday. Javaid Rehman also told the U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee...

UN expert calls for ban on Israeli products from settlements

Oct. 23, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories called Wednesday for an international ban on all products made in Israeli settlements as a step to potentially end Israel's 52-year "illegal occupation." Michael Lynk told the General Assembly's human rights...

UN investigator: 11 million North Koreans are undernourished

Oct. 22, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Food insecurity in North Korea "is at an alarming level," with nearly half the population — 11 million people — undernourished, the U.N. independent investigator on human rights in the country said Tuesday. Tomas Ojea Quintana told the General Assembly's human rights...

UN mission head says risk of genocide recurring in Myanmar

Oct. 22, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of a U.N. fact-finding mission on Myanmar warned Tuesday that "there is a serious risk of genocide recurring" against the estimated 600,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority still living in the country. Marzuki Darusman told the General Assembly's human rights committee...

Nobel laurate Jody Williams campaigns against killer robots

Oct. 21, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams is helping lead a campaign for a new international treaty to ban killer weapons that can select targets and fire without decision-making by a human being. Williams said at a news conference Monday that these lethal autonomous weapons "are crossing a...