Weekday News Wrap: Monday, March 18, 2013
Burma’s President is visiting Australia where the government has pledged aid as well as increased defense co-operation.
Lawyers for Kenya’s President-Elect Uhuru Kenyatta will argue later today at the ICC that charges against their client should be dropped.
Also later today, the UN Human Rights Council is slated to discuss the report of its fact-finding commission on Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
India’s Supreme Court has extended its order prohibiting Italy’s ambassador to leave the country, despite his calls of immunity under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
- The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism, Ben Emmerson, has concluded from a recent visit to Pakistan that the US is violating Pakistani sovereignty with its use of drone strikes.
- Representatives from over 150 countries are gathering today in New York to finish negotiations about a UN arms control treaty.
- China has replaced the UK in the world’s top-five arms exporters.
- Bosco Ntaganda, the leader of the M23 rebel group who is sought by the ICC, has allegedly fled the DRC to Rwanda.
- Human Rights Watch has urged the World Bank to investigate what it calls “development” project abuses.
- Human Rights Watch has also reported that Syrian forces have been using banned cluster bombs against civilians.