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UN rights envoy urges inquiry into abuses of Rohingya in Myanmar

UN rights envoy urges inquiry into abuses of Rohingya in Myanmar

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By Jared Ferrie YANGON (IRIN)--- The UN should launch an inquiry into military abuses of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims because the government is incapable of carrying out a credible investigation, the UN’s rights envoy will tell the Human Rights Council next month. Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, told IRIN that she will urge member states to sponsor a resolution for a commission of inquiry when she presents her report to the Council in Geneva on 13 March. “I never said in the past to a reporter what I plan to put in my report,” she said in a phone interview. “This time I am making this point: I will certainly be pushing for an inquiry, definitely, on the Rohingya situation.” Rights groups have, over the past few years, been urging the UN to investig
Security Council unanimously approves sending UN monitors to war-torn Aleppo

Security Council unanimously approves sending UN monitors to war-torn Aleppo

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UN News– Alarmed at the “devastating” humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, where perhaps thousands of civilians remain trapped, the Security Council today requested the United Nations and other relevant institutions to carry out “adequate, neutral monitoring and direct observation on evacuations from the eastern districts” of the war-battered city. Through a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council also requested the UN to ensure further deployment of staff for Monitoring and reporting on the evacuations, as needed and demanded all parties to provide these monitors with safe, immediate and unimpeded access. Noting that that “urgent humanitarian evacuations and assistance are now needed by a large number of Aleppo inhabitants,” the Council demanded that all parties provide the UN and it is i
China Says Damage to ‘One China’ Principle Would Impact Peace

China Says Damage to ‘One China’ Principle Would Impact Peace

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – China's Taiwan Affairs Office said on Wednesday any interference with or damage to the "one China" principle would have a serious impact on peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. US President-elect Donald Trump said on Sunday the United States did not necessarily have to stick to its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of "one China", further upsetting China which was already angered by Trump's earlier telephone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. The issue is highly sensitive for China, which considers Taiwan a renegade province, and Beijing expressed "serious concern" about Trump's remarks. An Fengshan, a spokesman for China's policy-making Taiwan Affairs Office, told a regular news conference the Taiwan issue was about China's sovereignty and territo