Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: UN calls for calm

Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: UN calls for calm UN Secretary-General António Guterres has stressed the need for a two-state as solution to the lingering conflict between Israel and Palestinian. Guterres made the remarks in the wake of the announcement by the U.S. President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The UN chief stressed that Jerusalem was an issue that must be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties. “In this moment of great anxiety, I want to make it clear: there is no alternative to the two-state…

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UN focuses on countries hindering human-rights

The UN human rights office said on Wednesday in its eighth annual report on reprisals that a record of 29 states have retaliated against citizens who cooperate with the UN. It said that the state includes China, Iran and Saudi Arabia. “We are aware of cases where individuals we are communicating with have been abducted, detained, held incommunicado, or disappeared,” UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said. He was presenting the report to the UN Human Rights Council, nine of whose 47 members are named in the report.

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