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UN rights chief urges end to ‘intolerable’ suffering in Syria


Addressing the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay emphasized that countries cannot continue to ignore the plea of civilians who are in dire need of protection and assistance. “A humanitarian, political and social disaster is already upon us, and what looms is truly a nightmare,” she said. “Civilians bear the brunt of this crisis in which human rights violations have reached horrific dimensions. Confronted with the flagrant disregard of international law and human life on every ... Read More »

Increased international focus on italian organised crime


The announcement followed a meeting between Mr Wainwright and the Director General of the Italian Criminal Police, Prefect Francesco Cirillo, who committed all the necessary resources of the Italian authorities to this new international effort, including those of the Antimafia Investigative Directorate (DIA) and Italian judicial authorities such as the National Antimafia Directorate (DNA) and the Italian delegation to Eurojust. Senior experts from 12 countries and international organisations participated in the meeting to witness the opening... Read More »

The Future of Europe – an international dialogue


Aren't there plenty of reasons why we should celebrate the 'Future of Europe'? Out of the window with doom scenarios: Europe is a hotspot of excellence, ready to achieve new heights. The future of Europe can look bright since it has what it takes to exploit its growth potential. Europe scores high on the 'Four Ts', which enable innovation and excellence: tax regime, talent, technology and track record. Economy, entrepreneurship, social and cultural richness are the pillars of the new Europe. Diversity and a high-level of education provide th... Read More »

Indonesian, Korean national police forces join Virtual Global Taskforce at European Cybercrime Centre


THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Three new member countries have joined the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), an international alliance of law enforcement and private sector agencies dedicated to combating online child sexual abuse. Representatives from the Dutch National Police, Indonesian National Police and the Korean National Police attended an official signing in ceremony at the new European Cybercrime Centre (EC) at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague. Edwin R Nolan, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the United States Embassy in The Netherlands, a... Read More »

MEPs back deal with Council on police access to asylum seekers’ fingerprints


Member states’ police forces would gain access to asylum seekers’ fingerprints in the Eurodac database to help them fight terrorism and serious crime, under a provisional deal between Parliament and Council endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday. MEPs ensured that personal data would be duly protected and that police access would be limited to cases where there is a major public security concern. Eurodac stores the fingerprints of asylum seekers aged over 14. Since 2003 it has been used to help determine which member state is... Read More »

United Nations Commission on Population and Development to Examine


Major Migration Shifts Playing Key Development Role in Global South, Says Report New trends in global migration show considerable changes in the size, direction and complexity of migration, both within and between countries over the past 20 years, and the reasons behind that shift will be the main focus of discussion during the forty-sixth session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, to be held at Headquarters from 22 to 26 April. The global stock of international migrants increased to 214 million in 2010 from 155... Read More »

Governmental Experts Begin Review of UN Register of Conventional Arms


The 2013 Group of Governmental Experts on the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, established by the Secretary-General under General Assembly resolution 66/39, commenced its work in Geneva on Monday, 8 April, to review the Register’s continuing operation and further development. The United Nations Register, in operation since 1992, is a primary global instrument, which promotes transparency in conventional arms transfers among United Nations Member States. The instrument, to which Member States report voluntarily annually, covers s... Read More »

Government deficit 4.1 percent in 2012


Dutch government deficit shrinking slowly Revenues increase from extra taxes and natural gas earnings Government debt now 71.2 percent of GDP Aid to European countries increased debt by 1.6 percent of GDP In 2012 the Dutch government deficit shrank to 4.1 percent of GDP while government debt rose to 71.2 percent of GDP. The Dutch government deficit and debt have now exceeded the European norms for the fourth year in a row, according to the latest figures published by Statistics Netherlands. Government spending increased slightly in ... Read More »

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