Issue 11: Earlier Reports of Mismanagement within the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees Appear to have been Unwarranted

Reports of mismanagement within the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) seem to have been rebutted, and they have not derailed the candidacy of  High Commissioner Mrs. Sadako Ogata for another term. Analysis:  An impressive defense of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), mounted by both the …

Issue 10: An attack against the United States and Israel by an expect of the UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination

Last week at the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination, ostensibly a non-political body made up of independent experts, the Egyptian, Mr. Ahmad Khalifa, launched an attack on the United States and Israel, all in the context of decrying the politicization of the human rights field. Analysis: Mr. Khalifa …

Issue 9: The creation of an International Criminal Court; and new financial disclosure rules instituted at the World Health Organization

The UN’s Rome Conference has overwhelmingly adopted a Statute that will create an International Criminal Court (ICC). This paves the way for the world’s first permanent body to try international aggressors and war criminals. Analysis: Within the United States there are strong currents in favor of establishing …

Issue 7: Director-General of the World Health Organization asks senior management to resign; and a key issue to be resolved in the creation of the International Criminal Court

The new head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has reportedly asked all senior management to submit letters of resignation. Analysis: Readers will recall that in our 3 June 1998 edition, we wistfully suggested that all UN employees be required to reapply for their jobs. According to well-placed individuals …

Issue 6: 86th International Labour Conference with a special sitting on workers in occupied Arab territories; and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights inaugurates its new headquarters

* The International Labour Organization (ILO) convened the 86th session of its annual International Labour Conference (ILC).  After a two year respite, the ILC once again held a special sitting concerning the situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories. Analysis: The ILC considers labour conditions …

Issue 5: Security Council discusses Pakistan’s nuclear testing; and UN officials underline the need for reform

Security Council spends several days deliberating a response to Pakistan’s nuclear testing. Analysis: In the past week Pakistan has detonated six nuclear devices, and the Security Council is still negotiating a possible resolution condemning these tests.  Why the time lag?  Why the politicization of a …

Issue 2: High Commissioner condemns attack of human rights worker in Cambodia; UN reports on Iraq’s weapons; and Annan calls for cooperation between the UN and the private sector

A recent attack by armed forces in Cambodia on a UN human rights worker is condemned by High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. Analysis: This attack in Cambodia is just the latest in a growing list of human rights workers who are mistreated, abused, abducted, and even killed.  UNHCR worker Vincent …