Latest United Nations General Assembly News

North Korea warns US against meeting on its human rights

Dec. 4, 2019 5:41 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea warned Wednesday that tensions on the Korean peninsula will increase and the situation “take a turn for the worse again” if the United States goes ahead with a U.N. Security Council meeting on the country’s human rights situation. North Korea’s...

Israel to UN: Uprooted Jews should be seen as refugees

Dec. 3, 2019 6:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel wants the United Nations to recognize as refugees hundreds of thousands of Jews who fled Arab and Muslim countries in the last century, its U.N. envoy said Tuesday. Ambassador Danny Danon told the U.N. General Assembly that he plans to propose a resolution about what he called...

It’s World Children’s Day and anniversary of child rights

Nov. 20, 2019 6:19 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — It was World Children’s Day on Wednesday, and British teenage actress Millie Bobby Brown and former England soccer star David Beckham urged people everywhere to listen to youngsters and ensure their rights and their futures. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the U.N. adoption...

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...