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June 30, 2015

Human rights are for everyone

by Amelie Clemot

Human rights are for everyone, no matter who you are or whom you love.

- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, this year's recipient of the Harvey Milk Medal

Free and Equal logoOn Friday, June 26, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon welcomed the United States Supreme Court ruling that the US Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage. He called this decision a “great step forward for human rights.”

In the past, the UN has conducted several studies that show that denying couples legal recognition of their relationship leads to widespread discrimination. LGBTI young people are often exposed to stigma, discrimination and violence ...

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June 30, 2015

Protecting children in armed conflict

by Madeline Bacchus, Sarah Hoyle, and Willa Van Camp

The 7466th Security Council Meeting focused on children and armed conflict. The primary goal of the meeting was to vote on Resolution 2225 which would recognize child abduction, one of the six grave violations of children's rights, as a criteria for inclusion in  the annex of the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict. The report discusses grave violations that are being committed against children in various parts of the world and includes a list of all the parties cited for committing violations against children in the ...

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June 29, 2015

70th Celebration of the United Nations Charter Day

by Nathan Jumper

UN 70th Anniversary logoJune 26 marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. It set the stage for the ratification of the UN Charter which was completed October . It is, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remarked:

an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.

The ...

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June 29, 2015

70th anniversary concert

by Amélie Clémot

UN 70th anniversary logoTo commemorate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter, musicians from Sweden, who will perform at the official ceremonies on June 26th in San Francisco, came to the Church Center for the United Nations to compliment the reading and reaffirmation of the UN Charter. The piece preformed, "The Way Chose You," was written and directed by Stefan Safsten, who was inspired to compose the piece after reading the following poem by Dag Hammarskjöld, the second UN secretary general and the only one to die in the line of duty:

Tired ...

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June 26, 2015

Presbyterian Church (USA) submits comment to UN Human Rights Committee

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) submitted a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the general discussion on the preparation for general comment on Article 6 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Human Rights Committee is holding a Half Day of General Discussion on the right to life in article 6 of the ICCPR on July 14th, after which a new General Comment (36) will be prepared. Article 6, the article for discussion is below:

Article 6

1. Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law ...

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