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Nepal Agrees to Presence of UN Rights Monitors

"Nepal agreed on Monday to let the United Nations send observers to the country, where both government forces and Maoist rebels are accused of abusing human rights. Under an agreement with Kathmandu, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights will set up offices and try to bring to account those guilty of abuse. "Breaking the cycle of serious and systematic abuses will be the first essential step toward achieving peace and reconciliation in Nepal," U.N. High Commissioner Louise Arbour said in a statement. Some 11,000 people have been killed in the Maoist revolt since 1996. Insurgents control large parts of Nepal's countryside and want to establish a communist republic." LINK
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Media Matters: Parshall and Gaffney Fact-Check

Media Matters: "Right-wing evangelical radio host Janet Parshall and guest Frank Gaffney, neoconservative Center for Security Policy director and former Reagan administration acting assistant secretary of defense, baselessly accused those who oppose the nomination of undersecretary of state John Bolton to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations of partisanship and bad faith. Opening an April 5 interview of Gaffney on her syndicated radio program, Parshall asserted, "People who think the U.N. should rule the world will have some serious problems with John Bolton."
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Stay-at-Home Dad Does his Homework on UN

"Ben Gaddis doesn't want a degree from Lincoln Land Community College. He has taken only a couple of political science classes, basically to practice for graduate school this fall. Slight as it may be, Gaddis' affiliation with LLCC brought an extra $1,000 to the 28-year-old stay-at-home father. So if nothing else, those two classes have been a financial success. Gaddis recently was awarded the 2005 Michael Steven Shower Memorial Scholarship at the Midwest Model United Nations meeting in St. Louis, for a research paper he wrote about U.N. responses to human rights violations." Full Story....
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UN Investigator Warns of “Time Bomb” in Darfur

"The United Nations human rights investigator for Sudan demanded on Friday that the government disarm militia who continue to kill and rape civilians in Darfur, warning of a "time bomb" that could explode. Emmanuel Akwei Addo, the independent U.N. expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, said 2,000 African Union troops lacked power to deter crimes in the remote region where aid workers were pulling back due to deteriorating security." Read More...
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UN Backs New Lebanon Probe

Reuters: "More than 70 Syrian military trucks left Lebanon overnight, witnesses said on Friday, carrying tanks, mortars and anti-aircraft guns as Damascus raced to complete its withdrawal by the end of the month. Syria pledged to pull out by April 30 in response to U.S.-led pressure and in face of popular protests after the Feb. 14 killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, which the Lebanese opposition blames on Syria. Damascus denies the charge. The U.N. Security Council ordered an international investigation into Hariri's assassination on Thursday, a move long called for by the anti-Syrian opposition. Lebanon and Syria have both said they will cooperate with investigators."
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China Moves From Recipient to Donor

"A 25-year-long $1-billion United Nations aid program for China that fed over 30 million people drew to a close today with the arrival of a final shipment of grain, and a senior UN official urged the world's most populous country to now step up support for hundreds of millions of malnourished people beyond its borders." Full Story
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Annan Urges Reform of UN’s Human Rights Body

From Reuters: "Launched some 60 years ago, the commission is the U.N.'s main mechanism for monitoring respect for human rights around the world. But critics say in-fighting and its inability to act firmly in the face of clear abuse have eroded its authority. Annan has called for the commission, at present made up of representatives from 53 countries nominated by regional groupings, to be replaced by a smaller Human Rights Council, whose members would be elected by the U.N. General Assembly."
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Media Matters: Fox’s Hunt Used Distortions to Attack Annan

"Offering the latest in a series of smears by Fox News against United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, correspondent Jonathan Hunt cast Annan as dishonest for claiming that the recent interim report of the independent panel investigating the U.N. oil-for-food program was an "exoneration" and made baseless claims about supposed U.N. staff frustration with Annan." LINK