UN rights chief calls for referring Myanmar to ICC for Rohingya crimes

Friday, 9 March 2018

The top United Nations human rights official called on Friday for the UN General Assembly to refer alleged atrocities committed against the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also urged Myanmar’s government to allow monitors into northern Rakhine state to investigate what he called suspected “acts of genocide” against the Muslim minority. ...

Invite from UN rights body to Iran’s justice minister is a huge shame

Thursday, 1 March 2018

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has invited Alireza Avaie, Iranian regime’s Justice Minister to speak in its upcoming session in Geneva. If we stop for a moment and consider his track record of the past four decades, there is hardly a time in his working life not marred with the blood of innocent people. It is indeed a “shame” to invite Avaie to address the highest human rights body. Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, said that the council was ...

Syrian opposition: Transitional period needed in Syria led by governing body

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Syria’s High Negotiations Commission called for a transitional period led by a transitional governing body with executive power, stressing the importance of finding a comprehensive solution to the Syrian crisis. “We will continue to work in this spirit for a democratic State and the eradication of terrorism,” the commission’s head, Naser al-Hariri, said in a press conference in Istanbul on Thursday. He added that any dialogue between the factions of the Syrian people must ...

French FM: Syria peace process should begin under UN in Geneva, not Sochi

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

France's foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday that a peace process for Syria should take place under UN auspices in Geneva and not under Russia in the Black Sea resort of Sochi where a Syrian congress began earlier in the day. "The resolution of this crisis will happen urgently through a solution under United Nations auspices in Geneva. France has that as an immediate objective. It's not happening in Sochi, it must happen in Geneva," Le Drian told lawmakers. Russia's ...

Back to fighting in Syria

Sunday, 14 January 2018

The war in Syria did not stop but the fighting decreased as arrangements are underway to end it. Promises to achieve a “peaceful” settlement have spread optimism to the point that several governments sent back their ambassadors to Damascus and the opposition was declared dead. “Victorious” parties, i.e. Assad’s government, Iran and Syria, began to act arrogantly by ignoring the Geneva conference as they think the Sochi negotiations are the only means to finalize ...

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Russia to host Syria talks in Sochi in late January

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed Friday to hold Syria peace talks in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi next month, a move that the UN Special envoy for Syria said should be assessed based on its contribution to the mandated political process under the United Nations in Geneva. Russian news reports cited Kazakh diplomat Aidarbek Tumanov who said that during Friday's meeting in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, the parties agreed to hold the so-called Congress for National Dialogue in Sochi on January ...

UN to join Syria talks in Astana, with humanitarian hopes

Friday, 22 December 2017

UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he would take part in the latest round of Syrian peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana on Friday, with a month to go before he hopes to break the deadlock in political talks in Geneva. De Mistura’s Geneva peace process reached deadlock this month, missing what he said was a “golden opportunity” to close out almost seven years of war. Blaming intransigence on both sides, he told the UN Security Council he would ...

US says it wants Syrian government to negotiate ‘seriously’ with opposition

Saturday, 16 December 2017

The United States on Friday urged supporters of the Syrian government to press it to "participate fully" in negotiations with the opposition, saying a lack of a political resolution in the war-torn country threatened indefinite instability. In a statement, a spokeswoman for the State Department said the United States wanted the government's supporters "to use their leverage to urge the regime to participate fully in tangible negotiations with the opposition in Geneva." ...

Syrian opposition says government obstructing Geneva talks

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Syrian opposition claims the government delegation to the Geneva peace talks is coming up with new conditions, making it difficult to move forward. Opposition spokesman Yahya Aridi said on Tuesday that the Damascus delegation told UN envoy Staffan de Mistura they won't negotiate directly. He said de Mistura told them about the government's stance. Aridi says the opposition delegates "consider this to be a precondition." There was no immediate response from the government team in ...

Syrian regime delegation joins Geneva negotiations

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Syrian delegation arrived in Geneva on Sunday to participate in the UN-sponsored talks. The return of the regime's delegation to Geneva came after Russian pressure and warnings from the UN envoy about the consequences of the failure of any party to come to the negotiations. The second round of the Geneva negotiations in its eighth edition resumed on Tuesday with meetings between the Syrian opposition delegation and UN envoy Stephane de Mistura, who announced that the current round could ...

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