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UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

The Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) prepares mid-year reports on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, as mandated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2096 (2013), which "recognizes the importance of ongoing monitoring and reporting to the United Nations Security Council on the situation of civilians in Afghanistan's armed conflict and in particular on civilian casualties."

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Op-Ed

"Torture" or Torture

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Following last weeks near simultaneous release of torture reports in Brazil and the United States, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on the similarities and differences between the two documents, including the shared matter of impunity.

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Fatou Bensouda on the International Criminal Court and Gender-Based Crimes

Speaker: Fatou Bensouda
Presider: David J. Scheffer

Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), joins David J. Scheffer, the secretary-general's special expert on UN assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials at the United Nations, to discuss the ICC’s policy and protocol in investigating and prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes.

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Fatou Bensouda on the International Criminal Court and Gender-Based Crimes

Speaker: Fatou Bensouda
Presider: David J. Scheffer

Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), joins David J. Scheffer, the secretary-general's special expert on UN assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials at the United Nations, to discuss the ICC’s policy and protocol in investigating and prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes.

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Fatou Bensouda on the International Criminal Court and Gender-Based Crimes

Speaker: Fatou Bensouda
Presider: David J. Scheffer

Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), joins David J. Scheffer, the secretary-general's special expert on UN assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials at the United Nations, to discuss the ICC’s policy and protocol in investigating and prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes.

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Op-Ed

Aid Fatigue is Hurting Displaced Syrians

Author: Stewart M. Patrick
Newsweek

As civil war in Syria inches toward its four-year anniversary, the nation’s humanitarian catastrophe deepens. Some 7.6 million Syrians are now internally displaced, and another 3.3 million have fled to neighboring countries to avoid the complex three-way dogfight among Assad’s forces, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and Syrian rebels.

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Proclamation of the International Decade for People of African Descent

The UN published this document on December 23, 2013, and a program of activities followed on November 18, 2014. The International Decade for People of African Descent began January 1, 2015 and ends on December 31, 2024, with the theme "People of African descent: recognition, justice and development." This program builds on the work of the World Conference against Racism and builds upon the UN's other initiatives to acknowledge victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

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Ambassador Jang Il Hun on Human Rights in North Korea

Speaker: Jang Il Hun
Presider: Donald P. Gregg

Jang Il Hun, ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations, joins Donald P. Gregg, chairman of the Pacific Century Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Korea, to discuss human rights in North Korea.

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Ambassador Jang Il Hun on Human Rights in North Korea

Speaker: Jang Il Hun
Presider: Donald P. Gregg

Jang Il Hun, ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations, joins Donald P. Gregg, chairman of the Pacific Century Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Korea, to discuss human rights in North Korea.

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Ambassador Jang Il Hun on Human Rights in North Korea

Speaker: Jang Il Hun
Presider: Donald Gregg

Jang Il Hun, ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations, joins Donald P. Gregg, chairman of the Pacific Century Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Korea, to discuss human rights in North Korea.

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Op-Ed

Public Executions

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Following the beheading of two prisoners at a jail in Cascavel, Brazil, Julia Sweig shares her thoughts on a recent wave of public violence, including Ferguson, James Foley and Brazil's prison system.

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