Issue 80: UN Fact-Finding Missions to the Palestinian Territories

Despite running several days behind schedule, the UN Commission on Human Rights convened a special session on 5 April to continue discussion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Commission passed a resolution, requesting High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson to head a fact-finding mission to the …

Issue 75: Syria’s First Statement as a Member of the Security Council

Syrian Ambassador Fayssal Mekdad, in his country’s maiden speech to the UN Security Council, compared the terror attacks on the World Trade Center to Israel’s razing of houses used by Palestinian gunmen in Gaza. Analysis: In Syria’s first public appearance as a member of the Security Council, …

Issue 71: Special Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention

At the instigation of the Arab League, the Swiss government today convened a meeting of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention. The stature and effectiveness of international law suffers, when it is selectively applied, and wrongly applied, for political reasons. Analysis: With the horrors of …

Issue 70: The 25th International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

On 29 November, the United Nations will observe the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People for the 25th straight year. Analysis: The Palestinian people have suffered for many decades. To demean their situation is heartless, but to single out their cause for unequalled international …

Issue 65: The Third Prepatory Meeting of the World Conference on Racism

he Third Preparatory Committee for the World Conference against Racism (WCAR) ended in Geneva last week with reports that there was progress made toward a resolution of the contentious issue of placing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the agenda. Analysis: Declaring itself ready to compromise, the Organization …