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 …