UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an independent investigation into this week's attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. "It is very important to know the truth, and it is very important that responsibilities are clarified," Xinhua quoted the UN chief as saying to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday. He noted "that can only be done if there is some independent entity that verifies those facts." "Whatever happens in the international community, we will be supportive of any initiative in this regard, provided it is truly independent," the UN chief said when answering a question regarding the attacks and their investigation. Guterres further added that "the world cannot afford a major confrontation in the Gulf." Earlier Thursday, two oil tankers were hit in the Gulf of Oman. At least one of them was operated by a Japanese company. The attacks came amid Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Iran, who was seeking to help ease tensions … [Read more...] about Gulf tanker attacks: UN calls for independent probe
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NICOSIA: Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have warned UN peacekeepers against withdrawing from Sudan at a time when the Janjaweed militia is not only keeping up war crimes in Darfur but also taking its "despicable brutality" to Khartoum."It's hard to imagine a worse time to decide to close UNAMID," the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, said Jonathan Loeb, a senior crisis adviser at Amnesty International.As a Jun 27 vote on whether to wind down UNAMID nears, Amnesty said it had "new evidence, including satellite imagery, showing that Sudanese government forces, including the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and allied militias, have continued to commit war crimes ... in Darfur"."These have included the complete or partial destruction of at least 45 villages, unlawful killings, and sexual violence," the rights group said in a statement issued Tuesday.The RSF, formed from the former Janjaweed militia, were also responsible for the Jun 3 crackdown on protesters in Khartoum … [Read more...] about Amnesty, HRW warn UN against Sudan pullout
The New York Times is taking steps to deal with the fallout over its publication last week of an anti-Semitic cartoon, including new training for journalists and tighter editorial guidelines. The prestigious daily apologized over the weekend amid criticism over the cartoon in its international edition depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a guide dog wearing a Star of David collar and leading a blind Donald Trump wearing a yarmulke. On Tuesday, a Times editorial also took issue with the cartoon, noting that "anti-Semitic imagery is particularly dangerous now." One person was killed and three injured in a shooting at a synagogue in California over the weekend, an attack which came exactly six months after a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which left 11 people dead. The Times blamed a "faulty" oversight process, and on Wednesday, publisher AG Sulzberger outlined steps to avert a recurrence. Sulzberger said the newspaper had stopped running all … [Read more...] about NY Times takes action to stem fallout from anti-Semitic cartoon
Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi pulled off a unique diplomatic and cultural scoop during the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session at the UN headquarters on Tuesday. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, delegates from the United States, France, China, Germany and some other nations showed up wearing batik or tenun shirts during the Indonesia-led open debate on peace-keeping operations. When I saw the picture of the UN secretary-general seated next to Retno onThe Jakarta Post’s front page of its May 9 edition, I recalled my recent conversations with foreign diplomats who asked about the future of the foreign minister. As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is widely tipped to have secured his reelection, the question is whether he will hold on to Retno. It is not impossible that Jokowi would consider a new foreign minister who has proven capacity not only in diplomacy, but also in economics, qualities we apparently missed over the last five years. During … [Read more...] about Do we need a new captain at the UNSC?
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres was ready to attend the Indonesia-chaired United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Tuesday, but first; he made sure to don tenun – traditional Indonesian textiles. "Before the meeting, he came to greet us in the presidential room carrying a brightly colored tenun shirt in his hand, without even a bag. I was surprised when he said he would leave for a moment to change into the tenun shirt," Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday in New York City. Guterres and Retno met at the UN headquarters in New York, where they were attending the Indonesia-led open debate on peacekeeping operations. Read also: UN secretary-general confirmed for two Indonesia-driven UNSC sessions Tuesday's debate is one of Indonesia's main priorities during its 2019-2020 tenure of the UNSC presidency, which commenced this month. The country intends to pursue the … [Read more...] about Batik, traditional textiles grace Indonesia-led UNSC session