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Syrian refugees are here to stay

According to data released by the Turkish Interior Ministry, 1,905,984 Syrians are registered in 82 cities. The number of Syrians living in 25 camps set up in 10 cities is 262,134. These statistics clearly show that nearly 1.7 million Syrians are trying to survive outside the camps on their own.


Sameh Shoukry (AFP Photo)

Ghana supports Egypt’s bid for non-permanent Security Council seat

Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hanna Tetteh has lent support to Egypt’s request for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council in 2016-2017. According to an Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement, Tetteh approached Egypt’s ambassador to Ghana, expressing the “leading role and experience of Egyptian diplomacy”. Tetteh considered this support a part of the strong relations and cooperation between …


Yury Fedotov

United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Conflict, terrorism, economic turmoil, natural calamities, disease: we are living in an era of unprecedented crises and troubles, as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned. Record numbers of people are fleeing war and persecution, and the international community is grappling with acute migration challenges in the Mediterranean, the Balkans, in the Andaman Sea, …


James M. Dorsey

Contours of future Israeli-Palestinian battles emerge on the football pitch

By James M. Dorsey Legal and diplomatic battles in United Nations organisations and international sport associations involving charges of war crimes and efforts to suspend membership of one or the other are likely to shape future Israeli-Palestinian relations in the wake of last month’s electoral victory by Benjamin Netanyahu. The contours of the coming battles …


What UPR recommendations did Egypt reject?

The rejected recommendations dealt a range of issues such as death penalty, torture, Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, detention facilities, military courts and protest law.


Dr. Bjørn Lomborg

Post-2015: Over 14 million newborns can be saved with smart targets

By Dr. Bjørn Lomborg In a world where there are so many worthwhile targets demanding our attention, we need to focus on those where we have the best chance of doing the most good. How about saving more than 14 million newborn by 2030? That’s a pretty eye-catching figure, but one which the author of a …


Semanur Karaman

Egypt’s worst fear: The UN

By Semanur Karaman The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a rather unique and quite technical process of the UN Human Rights Council, where each member-state’s human rights record is reviewed every four years. It is an important mechanism, as all member states go through this examination without discrimination. Civil society is provided an opportunity to …