Coronavirus threatens global peace and stability, warns UN chief | News from the world

KONFRONTASI -    The UN chief called the pandemic coronavirus “a generation’s fight” and a threat to global peace and security.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned the UN Security Council that the pandemic could increase social unrest and violence, which would significantly affect the world’s ability to fight the disease.

It is, he said, the most serious test of the UN since its creation 75 years ago and has already hampered efforts to resolve international, regional and national conflicts.

UN observes International Solidarity Day with Palestinians

KONFRONTASI - The United Nations has commemorated the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, with world leaders and UN officials expressing support for the resolution of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestine's Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour read a message by President Mahmoud Abbas to a meeting held by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People at the UN headquarters on Wednesday.

UN Security Council urges Myanmar to facilitate safe return of Rohingya

KONFRONTASI - The United Nations Security Council has called on Myanmar to create the right conditions for the safe return of tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees to their home country from neighboring Bangladesh.

Following a closed-door meeting on Monday, the Council released a statement calling on the Myanmarese government to facilitate more social and economic development aid for the return of the Muslim refugees.

Almost one million Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled state-sponsored violence in Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh.

UN: 11,432 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar in 2018

KONFRONTASI - At least 11,432 Rohingya Muslims have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh so far in 2018, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein says.

Zeid said in a speech to the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday that Rohingya Muslims continue to flee Myanmar's Rakhine state with many testifying about violence, persecution, killings and burning of their homes.

779 Prajurit TNI di Sudan Terima Medali UN

KONFRONTASI - Sebanyak 779 Prajurit TNI yang tergabung dalam Satgas Yonkomposit TNI Konga XXXV-C/Unamid (United Nations Mission In Darfur) di bawah pimpinan Letkol Inf Syamsul Alam, S.E. sebagai Dansatgas, beberapa waktu lalu melaksanakan Upacara Medali United Nations (UN Medal Parade) di lapangan apel Indobatt-03, El Geneina, Sudan, Afrika.

Myanmar says UN reports on rights violations lack credibility

KONFRONTASI - Myanmar’s government has once again rejected allegations of abusing the rights of minorities in the country, saying the United Nations’ new finding on the issue is unreliable.

Zaw Htay, a spokesman of the government in Yangon, said on Tuesday that two reports presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva a day earlier simply lacked credibility.

UN urges Myanmar to release Reuters journalists

KONFRONTASI - The United Nations human rights office has urged Myanmar to release two detained Reuters journalists who covered the state-sponsored crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a day after a district court rejected bail for them.

"We repeat the calls for their immediate release and for the charges to be dropped," UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said at a news briefing in Geneva on Friday.

Sexual abuse rife at UN offices, staffers claim

KONFRONTASI - Sexual harassment is widespread and there is a culture of impunity for the perpetrators at United Nations offices around the world, staffers at the world body have reportedly claimed.

The Guardian on Friday reported the results of an investigation that it carried out by interviewing dozens of current and former employees of the UN. Employees working in more than 10 countries spoke to the media outlet on condition of anonymity.

UN chief calls on Myanmar to end military operations against Rohingya

KONFRONTASI - United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has denounced Myanmar for creating a humanitarian “nightmare” for the country's Rohingya Muslims, calling on the government Aung San Suu Kyi to “halt” military operations and allow “unfettered access” for humanitarian aid in the Southeast Asian’s conflict-wracked western region.

“The situation has spiraled into the world's fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,” Guterres said in a speech to the UN Security Council on Thursday.

UN says Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar facing risk of ethnic cleansing

KONFRONASI - United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are facing a risk of ethnic cleansing as the government continues the persecution of the minority in the western state of Rakhine.

The UN chief on Tuesday also appealed to authorities to end violence that was "creating a situation that can destabilize the region."

Guterres said he had written to the UN Security Council to express his concern and propose steps to end the violence.