Thursday, February 22

Day: September 30, 2015

UK made secret pact with Saudi Arabia for human rights council place
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK made secret pact with Saudi Arabia for human rights council place

    The UK made a clandestine vote-trading deal with Saudi Arabia to enable both countries to secure a place in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), leaked Saudi diplomatic cables have revealed. The classified documents suggest David Cameron's government initiated backroom talks with Riyadh ahead of the November 2013 vote in New York to ask for support. Both countries were eventually elected to the UNHRC, which has 47 member states. A Foreign Office spokesman refused to confirm if the vote-trading deal had taken place, saying it was "standard practice" not to reveal voting records. Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the world, and has executed more than 130 people this year. Its recent appointment to the chair of an influential five-member UNHRC panel dr...
Ensure peace across world: PM Sheikh Hasina
America, ENGLISH

Ensure peace across world: PM Sheikh Hasina

    Asserting that Bangladesh’s commitment to UN peacekeeping is strong and steadfast and it stands ready to go further, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all members of the peacekeeping community to work together to ensure peace and security around the world, reports UNB from New York. “I call upon all members of the peacekeeping community to work together to ensure peace and security around the world,” she said. The Prime Minister said this at a Summit on Peacekeeping Operation at the UN Headquarters here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Monday. Sheikh Hasina co-chaired the Summit with US President Barack Obama. She said Bangladesh is adopting a national peacekeeping strategy to better respond to the evolving needs of the UN peacekeeping missions on the gr...