Weekday News Wrap: Friday, June 8, 2012
- UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has argued that US drone strikes in Pakistan raises legal questions.
- China has promised “sincere and selfless” help to Afghanistan, committing to increasing aid, investment and security cooperation.
- In other news about China, it has also introduced new legislation to restrict internet use.
- Sudan and South Sudan have called off their peace talks with no deal in sight.
- Sudanese President Omar al Bashir is being forced to cancel travel plans to next month’s AU summit in Malawi, given the outstanding warrant for his arrest by the ICC.
- Ivory Coast’s former President Laurent Gbagbo seeks a delay of his trial at the ICC, claiming he is too ill.
- ECOWAS has urged the UN Security Council for a Chapter VII resolution authorizing intervention in Mali if talks with rebel groups fail.
- Jurist has a piece about Charles Taylor, Arms Dealers and Reparations.
- UN monitors in Syria were shot at while trying to investigate a massacre site, and Kofi Annan has said that an “all-out civil war” is imminent.
- Australia will lift the remaining sanctions on Myanmar and double its aid contribution to the country.
- At Lawfare, our own Ken Anderson sits down with Benjamin Wittes to talk about his new book, Living with the UN. You can listen to the podcast here.
- Foreign Policy offers a photo report of the remaining Blue Helmets, the UN Peacekeeping Forces.
- Gay Danish couples have won the right to marry in church.
- Bloomberg has an article on tit-for-tat Chinese litigation at the WTO.
- After reaching agreement with Ukraine, Laos is on the home stretch towards WTO Membership. Yemen still needs to reach an agreement with Ukraine.
- One correction to yesterday’s news pointed out by a careful reader: the North Korean caste system story was reported by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), rather than Human Rights Watch.