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Legality of Syrian invasion by US and allies

UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2249, aimed at rallying the world behind the fairly obvious notion that ISIS is an “unprecedented threat to international peace and security.” “It’s ...
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National water territories and exclusive economic zones around artificial structures

Obviously I am asking inspired by the China's actions but I am more interested in the international law and treaties on such cases on on general level. What do international treaties say about ...
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The Data on the United Nations General Debate text

I'm searching for the text of United Nations General Debate, which is the set of annual speeches by each country. I found some text on the recent General Debate (back to 2011) here, but I would like ...
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Who decides on state names in foreign languages?

The questions really is just that: who decides what a state or country is called in foreign languages? As an example, the official title of Germany is "Bundesrepublik Deutschland" which is usually ...
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Why was Saudi Arabia removed from the UN's blacklist of child rights violators?

What is the UN's reasoning (or excuse) behind removing Saudi Arabia from a blacklist of child rights violators despite being blamed for the killing of hundreds of Yemeni children? What is the ...
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Under what circumstances can a country claim its sovereignty over a previously-seized territory?

Assume that country A seize part m of country B. After "20 or 100 or 200, or ..." years, Can country A claim that the seized part, m, is part of country A? The question is not about History. It is ...
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Taiwan and the United Nations

Do each of the permanent members of the UN Security Council have veto power over new membership applications? If so, Doesn't China's veto power mean that it would most certainly veto any membership ...
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Legality of UN sanctions against North Korea

From a Guardian article: "North Korea is banned from nuclear tests .... under UN sanctions dating 2006 and most recently ..." What is the exact relation between UN and North Korea ? Where comes the ...
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How did the League of Nations choose representatives and how are representatives chosen for the UN today?

It seems that the governments of each nation choose their UN representatives however they want to. Is that correct? Was this also the case for the League of Nations?
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Could a country assimilate another country in a democratic way?

Could a country assimilate another country in a democratic way? As an example, if the UK and an ex-colony of the UK both agree through a referendum to become a single country, would that possible ...
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Is there an official website to check if Saudi Arabia is member of the United Nations human rights council

I told someone about Saudi Arabia's membership of the United Nations human rights council. He denied. Is there an official website to check if Saudi Arabia is member of the United Nations human rights ...
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Is China considered to be democratic

Does China's government consider itself to be democratic? Does the United States of America have an official stance on whether China is democratic or not? If so, what is it? Does the UN have an ...
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Why will the US veto Iran's Sukhoi 30 purchase?

Why does the US say it will use its veto power in the United Nation's Security Council to block Iran from buying Sukhoi 30 fighters although it wasn't mentioned in Iran's nuclear deals.
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When is a country recognized as a sovereign state?

In past years we have heard a lot about statehood of Palestine, and that got me wondering when a state actually becomes recognized. If you look at the Wikipedia entry for the State of Palestine it ...
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How can the UN convention against torture be enforced or punished for breaking it?

let's say, we have a country, which has signed and ratified the UN convention against e.g. torture. Let's also assume a act of torture can be clearly proven, which falls under the definition of ...
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What is the legal background for Russia's seat as a Permanent Member of UNSC?

At the UN's founding in 1945, the Soviet Union became one of the five permanent members of the Security Council. When in December 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, the Russia was arguably recognized ...
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What political influence does the chair of the UN Human Rights Council have?

In September 2015, Faisal bin Hassan Trad, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the UN, has been elected chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Considering that the human rights situation in Saudi-...
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Who didn't sign the Paris climate change agreement?

According to many news outlets, most, but not every nation has agreed to the terms of the Paris agreement. Which didn't? Is there a public list of all signees?
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Full List of Countries participating in the UN COP 21 in Paris

Does anyone have a full list of countries who took part in the UN Climate Change Conference? I know that it where about 150. Would find it interesting who exactly where involved. On top about 200 ...
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Do the G5 countries have veto right in the UNODC?

I cannot find good sources online. Am i looking wrong?
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What is the geostrategic reason for Zimbabwe to keep Cluster Munitions legal?

On 4/Nov/2015, during a recent UNGA voting on banning Cluster Munitions, the opinion was mutual amongst 130 states. Only two world's superpowers voted against: Zimbabwe and Russia. Next, action was ...
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What is PRC's stance on reforms in the United Nations Security Council?

What are the People's Republic of China's thoughts in the UNSC about: Reforms in the veto policy of the P5; Reforms in the number of Permanent members; and Reforms in the number of Non-Permanent ...
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Why there's no reaction about Saudi Arabia criminal actions? [closed]

We see that Saudi regime is spreading criminal actions among Muslims. Founding bastards of ISIS terrorist group, Founding Al-Shabab terroris group, Massacre in Bahrain, War in Yemen, and recently ...
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How will USA vote on 2015 “UN Resolution against the US embargo on Cuba”? [closed]

The UN General Assembly has, from 1992, passed a resolution each year criticizing the ongoing impact of the embargo against Cuba. That year, 59 countries voted for an end to the embargo, 3 voted ...
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The reason to veto in zakiur rahman lakhvi case

Recently a veto was held in un in favour of release of convicted zakiur rahman lakhvi.Can somebody tell what was the reason given?
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Other country as permanent member of UN Security Council?

Is there any other country which might have the ability or credentials to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council?
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UN policy towards the Education in funded countries?

I came to know that Pakistan presents the history to their students differently than India, leading to a misguidance about the countries rivalry. I don't know whether it's true or not. But **suppose ...
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Why there is no genuine attempts to reform the number of permanent members in UNSC which will include India if taken?

As we are all aware, India, Japan and other countries those who are potentially eligible for permanent members in UNSC being denied to become so in spite of their active participation. Though India ...
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Is the UN a tool of US foreign aims? [closed]

While not systematically observing through electronic media US foreign policy actions, I've come to my own conclusion that UN serves mainly to further US foreign aims. Did I draw the wrong conclusion? ...
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Americans and other nationals who have died under U.N. command, broken down by conflict

I'd like to know if there is any breakdown of the number of people, specifically by nation, who have died under U.N. command (whether as peacekeepers wearing the blue helmets, as diplomatic or service ...
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What is Iran's stance on the UN regulating technology in the field of cyberterrorism?

As of recently, Iran has emerged on the world stage of cyber technology after recent sores over Stuxnet. However, Iran is still behind other world superpowers like Russia and the US. Essentially, if ...
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Has Japan's “Special Secrecy Law” been condemned by the United Nations?

Has the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets been condemned in any way by the United Nations? Or any expressed concerns by the United Nations? Reference needed. I haven't been able ...
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U.N. Group of Eminent Persons: membership of 2001 group and general purpose?

The Wikipedia article for Harvard-professor Tu Weiming mentions that he was appointed to a Group of Eminent Persons to facilitate the Dialogue among Civilizations in 2001 by the then Secretary-General ...
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Why is there no call for Hamas to protect and reduce civilian casualties?

In a recent report in the Washington Post, the article indicates that the UN is placing the entire onus of reducing civilian casualties in its war with Hamas on Israel. In Washington, the Pentagon ...
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Reform of United Nations Security Council

There is a proposed Reform of the United Nations Security Council, but there seems to be no time line of implementation and vote. The latest update I found is that there was a meeting of 120 UN member ...
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What is the purpose of establishment of United Nations?

We know that United Nations was established in order to maintain peace worldwide? But there have been many wars between countries in history even after its establishment... So what exactly was UN ...
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What can the rest of the World do to stop Israel-Palestine war? [closed]

Not talking about the past but the present. Right now, the situation in Palestine has gone really really bad. I don't know what can be done on our part but there has to be something that we can do. ...
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Are Palestinians stateless?

Does the UN recognize the Palestinian people as stateless? The Palestinians achieved the de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state in 2012 so why are they still considered stateless?
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Is there bias against Israel at the UN and mainstream media?

According to UN Watch: "UN committees, annual UN resolutions, an entire UN bureaucratic division, permanent UN exhibits in New York and Geneva headquarters -- all dedicated to a relentless and ...
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Was there a Security Council's meeting that lasted long time until resolution was finished?

Some time ago I attended a MUN conference and participated in the Security Council. One of the members tried several times to extend the time of meeting but not for a specific time. He wanted us to ...
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Does the US often deny visas to UN diplomats?

It was recently reported in the New York Times that the US government is refusing to issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, who was recently nominated as Iran's ambassador to the United Nations. Since the ...
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Where can I see the total compensation (by year?) of each of the employees of the UN?

For example, I read that Ban Ki Moon gets $227,253. But that is only the base salary. it does not include expenses, over-time, and benefits and bonuses. Is there a website or a spreadsheet that lists ...
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Why did ten countries side with Russia in the UN General Assembly vote on Crimea?

The UN General Assembly just held a vote declaring the Russian annexation of Crimea to be illegal. Eleven countries voted against this resolution: Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, ...
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Is it legal for one country to be under military protection of other?

According to UN, is it legal for a country to be under military protection of other country? or vice versa, is it illegal to give military protection to other coutries? Why I think it could be ...
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UN veto power deprivation

Is there any possibility that UN could deprive the Russian Federation of the veto power? Because of what happened at one of the last UN sessions, I think that Russia was misusing its veto right (and ...
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Are there UN norms for a government change?

In another question a comment mentioned that the change in government in the Ukraine conformed to UN norms. Do such UN norms for government changes (e.g. impeachment of the president) exist? If so, ...
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What are my rights against NSA surveillance?

I hear some say that it is illegal for NSA to snoop on American citizens without a warrant. As a non American living outside USA, what rights do I have against surveillance by NSA?
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Who decides which countries are third world and how can it be challenged?

South Africa has become exceptionally powerful and its infrastructure has grown into what I'd regard as a First World country. I'd like to challenge its third world status. How does one go about ...
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How can I promote human rights petitions to the UN?

How can I promote petitions about corruption and human rights violations in Egypt to the UN Human Rights Council?
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Why hasn't the UN invoked “Uniting for Peace” in Syria?

The "Uniting for Peace" doctrine, invoked in November 1950 via its resolution 377A(V), allows the UN General Assembly to recommend collective action when the Security Council, because of lack of ...