Archive for March 23rd, 2023


War Criminals and Military Aggressors Who Occupy Seats in the Security Council

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 20 2023 (IPS)* – Come April 1, a post-Ukraine Russia, will preside over the UN Security Council in a month-long presidency on the basis of alphabetical rotation.

But Russia will not be the first or the only country – accused of war crimes or charged with violating the UN charter—to be either a member or preside over the most powerful political body in the United Nations.


The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands

Stephen Zunes, a professor of politics and coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco who has written extensively on the politics of the Security Council, told IPS the United States has served as president of the Security Council while committing war crimes in Vietnam and Iraq.

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Least Responsible, Hardest Hit: Climate Change’s Disproportionate Harm on People of African Descent

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 21 March 2022 (UNFPA)* – In 2021, double disaster struck Haiti when Tropical Storm Grace hit the island nation just two days after it was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.  

UNFPA’s new advocacy brief, “In Our Words: Voices of Women of African Descent for Reproductive and Climate Justice”, explores how climate change disproportionately harms women of African descent. © UNFPA Brasil/Eduardo Cavalcanti

As rain lashed the country’s already damaged infrastructure, midwife Jeffthanie Mathurin remembers contraceptive deliveries getting stuck on the roads – presenting a major challenge for women and girls.

“We noticed this catastrophe increased the risk of more women getting pregnant unintentionally,” she told UNFPA. “The poorest people in the country, such as rural women, face the worst consequences of climate change.” 

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