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FactCheck: Has European Parliament recently condemned UNRWA, PA for antisemitism and Incitement in school textbooks?

Ynetnews piece European Parliament condemns UNRWA, PA for antisemitism, Incitement describes rather scathing condemnation by the European Parliament of UNRWA and Palestinian Authority school materials:...
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Has famine been officially declared in (parts of) Gaza?

The discussions of famine in Gaza seem to be largely based on the March 18 IPC report, which projects famine top happen in two governorates of Gaza in March-May: The IPC acute food insecurity ...
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Western politicians who accused Israel of starving Gaza

On March 18, Josep Borrell, the European Union's High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, claimed that Israel is deliberately causing famine in Gaza: "In Gaza we ...
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Did any UN agency estimate, before the war/October, the number of food trucks that were entering Gaza per day?

In relation to competing claims (by COGAT vs IPC) about the number of food trucks that were entering Gaza before the war (i.e. leaving aside here that they also disagree about the number during the ...
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Why did the US and Israel vote against making food a human right?

From this article on the Guardian: From UN hunger expert: US must recognize ‘right to food’ to fix broken system In 2021, the US and Israel were the only countries to vote against a United Nations ...
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What are the practical implications for the World Food Programme being "an international organization within the United Nations"?

AFAICT the WFP budget is entirely separate from that of the UN, although they do get mostly contributions from governments. All WFP contributions are voluntary, none are 'due' or assessed (unlike for ...
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When was the last time China voted against the majority (51%) of the Global South during a UN resolution?

China has again sought to portray itself as a responsible world power in its rivalry with the United States, and pledged to champion the Global South. The latest effort came from top diplomat Wang Yi ...
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What are the causes of the attrition rate of UNPO members?

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an organization that represents a variety of groups and territories with limited international recognition, particularly in the UN, in ...
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What determines who represents a country in the UN after a coup or revolution?

Coups and revolutions happen quite often throughout the world. Sometimes the new government gets the UN seat automatically after the events, while in other cases years may pass and a special General ...
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Are any countries claiming that their humanitarian aid for Gaza is being declined by Israel?

Preface: According to AIPAC, the Israeli military isn't preventing any aid to Gaza if it belongs to one of 4 catagories "Food, water, medical supplies and shelters". Instead AIPAC claims ...
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How does contributing to UN bodies allow a country to yield more influence over them?

For several decades, many U.S. policymakers, including some Members of Congress, have maintained that the U.S. assessments for the U.N. regular budget and U.N. peacekeeping operations are too high. In ...
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Have any countries that suspended funding to UNRWA restarted, it given doubts about accusations against it?

Israel accused a handful UNRWA employees of taking part in the October 7 attacks and also claimed that 10% of UNRWA employees in Gaza were 'affiliated' with Hamas. As a consequence, Countries ...
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Was UNRWA subject to examination or investigation regarding the adequacy of its audits before the terrorist attacks?

Two U.N. investigations into Israel’s allegations against the agency are underway, but the European Commission -– the third biggest donor to UNRWA after the United States and Germany -– has demanded a ...
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Were the UNRWA cuts accompanied with some other form of financial commitment to other aid organizations or other policies to help Gazans?

As aid organizations, we are deeply concerned and outraged that some of the largest donors have united to suspend funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the main aid provider ...
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How much food aid for Gaza was ran though UNRWA vs other organizations, and what has been the impact on food aid of the UNRWA funding suspension?

There have been some doomsday reports that Gaza food aid might be severely impacted as a result of UNRWA funding suspension. E.g.: Philippe Lazzarini, said Saturday the organization’s program inside ...
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How can the US lead the ally group for protection force for the Red Sea if they are not members of the Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982? [closed]

The US had not signed the UN Convention 1982, how their leading in this role (Operation Prosperity Guardian) can be legal? They didn't ratify the Convention, they didn't ratify any agreements. Thay ...
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What non-WMD weapons were Saddam Hussein prohibited from buying?

The Wikipedia page of UNSCR 1441 (the last one before the invasion, reiterating what had been said in previous resolutions and giving a 'final chance') says this: Iraq's breaches related not only to ...
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Did the US provide its own estimates of hunger in Gaza during the 2023 war?

During the Tigray war, the US apparently provided its own estimates of hunger in the region, e.g. June 26, 2021 The United States estimates that up to 900,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray region now ...
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What does Paraguay have to gain by voting against a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war?

https://news.un.org/en/story/2023/12/1144717 The resolution has passed by a large majority, securing the needed two-thirds of members. Widespread applause rings out around the General Assembly Hall. ...
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Is this scheme for enforcing a cease-fire viable?

Suppose two countries are at war and consider a cease-fire, but each country suspects that the other country would break the cease-fire unilaterally, e.g. by firing ground-ground missiles. One could ...
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Why did the U.S. veto the UN ceasefire resolution?

On Wednesday, December 6, 2023, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres invoked Article 99 of the U.N Charter on the situation in Gaza. Article 99 allows the secretary-general to “bring ...
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Can article 99 of the UN charter be invoked repeatedly for the same or similar issues?

Article 99 allows the secretary-general to “bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security”. In his ...
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Has any state invoked or referenced the responsibility to protect in the 2023 war in Gaza?

The responsibility to protect (R2P) was "established" to intervene in situations where crimes against humanity are committed. Background: The Responsibility to Protect – known as R2P – is ...
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Which countries are on track to fulfill their Nationally Determined Contributions(NDCs)?

United Nations' definition of NDC: Simply put, an NDC, or Nationally Determined Contribution, is a climate action plan to cut emissions and adapt to climate impacts. Each Party to the Paris Agreement ...
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Have UN forces ever successfully defended a region?

One suggested solution for the Gaza strip, once Hamas is eliminated, is to put it under UN control. The suggestion was made by Germany: “internationalization of Gaza under the umbrella of the United ...
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Can the Tyranny of the Majority rule be applied to the UN's General Assembly?

Looking at this question, and previous year's UNGA resolutions, it seems there's a certain bias in UNGA resolutions. They seem disproportional: 2022 UNGA Resolutions on Israel: 15 2022 UNGA ...
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How significant is the UN's condemnation of UK imprisonment of Just Stop Oil protestors?

It has recently come to light that the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, Ian Fry, had sent a letter to the UK government warning ...
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Who is establishing the big tent cities by the sea in Gaza?

According to a former Mossad "division chief", Rami Igra, interviewed on CNN the population from Khan Yunis is asked to move by the sea, where "big tent cities are being established&...
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When was the last time Hamas acted against a UN resolution?

From twitter: The @UN Security Council’s resolution is disconnected from reality and is meaningless. Regardless of what the Council decides, Israel will continue acting according to int’l law while ...
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What does Russia have to gain by abstaining during the latest UN resolution?

The resolution, introduced by Malta on Wednesday, also called for “corridors throughout the Gaza Strip for a sufficient number of days” to safeguard civilians, particularly children, ambassador ...
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How could the influence of lobbies be nullified in a capitalist society?

One of the defects of current capitalism is that it causes the concentration of power in a few actors who, at some point, decide to influence the politics of countries and organizations seeking their ...
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Did the UN[GA] ever declare Israel to be a colonizer (state) or to have engaged in colonization projects?

I know of the later revoked UNGA resolution that "Zionism is racism". But did the UN, especially the UNGA, ever declare Israel to be a colonizer, apart from that, and if so to what extent? I'...
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Has the EU, the UN, or even some Muslim countries proposed to fund or construct any bomb shelters for civilians in Gaza?

The EU in cooperation with the UN have at least renovated some [Soviet-era, I guess] bomb shelters in Ukraine (ibid). So, have they tried to do something like that in Gaza? After all, the EU was ...
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Did Israel give an official explanation as to why it won't let the United Nations use the Kerem Shalom border crossing?

He described the humanitarian situation in Gaza as "catastrophic," adding: "It is absolutely essential - absolutely essential - to have a flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza that ...
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Did the U.S. ever decide to not protect Israel at the U.N. or other international bodies?

While the call for a cease-fire has wider support among U.N. member states, building consensus for it among the five permanent members of the Security Council has been difficult if not impossible. “...
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Is there a precedent for Israel calling for the resignation of the organization’s secretary-general?

Speaking on Tuesday at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council, Guterres reiterated his call for a humanitarian pause of Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, which has been sealed off from Israel’s ...
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Are UN peacekeeping forces allowed to pass over their equipment to some national army?

The Mali junta has made it an issue that the UN forces didn't hand over their bases and (some) equipment to the Mali army. Instead, because the Mali junta prohibited the UN from moving out some ...
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Can the UN charge/"fine" Mali for equipment lost due to movement restrictions imposed by the Mali junta?

Reuters: The U.N. has acknowledged difficulties with its departure. MINUSMA said in statements that it has been forced to destroy equipment including vehicles, ammunition and generators that its ...
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On what basis did the Russian ambassador to the UN say "Israel Has No Right to Self-Defense as Occupier"?

From this: Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya tells the world body that Israel does not have the right to self-defense under international law in its fight against Hamas because it is an “...
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Why was Iran appointed to chair the UN's Human Rights Forum?

On 10 May 2023, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) President appointed the Islamic Republic of Iran to chair the 2023 Social Forum, which opens today. “The upcoming Forum focuses on ...
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Why were some important countries such as Japan, Britain, and India absent from the recent UNGA?

This question may not be answerable but I am curious to know Question: Why were some important countries such as Japan, Britain, and India absent from the recent UNGA? Was their absence deliberate and ...
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Have past UNGA investigations without the cooperation of the host/target country achieved anything?

VOA/AP wrote back in June: The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Thursday [Jun 29] that will establish an independent body to determine what happened to more than 130,000 people missing ...
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Have there been any UNGA votes regarding the US presence in Syria?

Relating to a couple of other questions here: it appears that while Russia and Syria object to the US presence in Syria, they've not brought up the case at UNSC even for pure protest purposes. However,...
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Why do the Pacific Islands vote with Israel at the UN?

The UN voting pattern on Israel is quite surprising. In the latest UN General Assembly vote on Israel, we can observe: Israel and the US voted against US allies like UK, Germany, Japan, Australia, ...
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Has Israel denied visas to high-level UN personnel before?

Politico writes Israel’s U.N. ambassador Gilad Erdan told Israeli radio on Wednesday morning that the country has denied a visa to U.N. Under Secretary-General Martin Griffiths, following Guterres’ ...
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Which were the 55 countries that voted against condemning Hamas at the UN?

The Times of Israel reports on the recent UNGA resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza (which was adopted by 120-14-45): Canada sought to have an amendment added to the resolution to ...
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Is the presence of the US forces in Syria contradictory to UN Charter articles 2.4 and 51?

US troops and bases are located in Syria without UN sanction or the Syrian government's permission. UN Article 2.4 states: All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat ...
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What was the full text of Brazil's resolution that the US vetoed regarding Israel?

US veto at UN to shield Israel could weaken its Ukraine rallying cry | Reuters The U.S. veto in the U.N. Security Council bolstered long-held criticisms of the West by Russia, China and some ...
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What will be the consequences for Israel if Israel is behind the Gaza hospital? [closed]

Almost all (Real) human rights advocates and humanitarians and medias are trying to figure out who is right about the terrorist attack on the Gaza hospital. I want to go one step further. It is clear ...
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Why do obvious humanitarian issues need to be voted on by members of the United Nations Security Council?

According to the UN website, UN has the following functions and powers: to maintain international peace and security in accordance with the principles and purposes of the United Nations; to determine ...
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