News in Brief 29 May 2015 (AM)

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Terrorist threat under spotlight in Security Council

The threat to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts and foreign terrorist fighters was discussed by the UN Security Council on Friday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that no country can tackle the challenge of terrorism alone.

“Member States have to enhance their cooperation and exchange information, develop effective border controls and strengthen their criminal justice systems, in accordance with the rule of law and human rights standards.” (14″)

Irregular migration discussed at special meeting in Bangkok

Solutions to the problem of thousands of refugees and migrants who irregularly move by sea from the Bay of Bengal are being discussed at a special meeting of 17 South-East Asian countries in Bangkok, Thailand.

Spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency, William Spindler says about 85,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis have risked their lives on smugglers boats since 2014 and more than 1000 have died at sea.

“The issue came to a head this month with the discovery of “mass graves” in Thailand and Malaysia believed to contain the remains of smuggling victims from Bangladesh and Myanmar.” (09″)

Abolition of death penalty in Nebraska welcomed by UN

The abolition of the death penalty in the state of Nebraska in the United States has been welcomed by the United Nations human rights office in Geneva.

Nebraska, which has not executed any inmate since 1997, on Wednesday became the 19th state in the country to abolish the death penalty.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed the hope that it will be an example for the other states of Colorado, Delaware, Montana and Kansas where the abolition of the death penalty is being debated.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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