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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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Right to declare a war in modern time

While browsing random articles I found an interesting fact - that USA never formally declared a war in Vietnam. After googling a bit more it turned out that since WW2 USA never formally declared a war ...
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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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UN condemns Rohingya human rights abuses 134-9 with 28 abstentions. Which countries voted against?

On 2019-12-27, the UN General Assembly approved a resolution strongly condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar's Rohingya, 134-9 with 28 abstentions. I can't find which countries opposed or ...
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Why does the UK retain the Chagos Islands when it is a US military base

The Chagos Islands is at the centre of an ongoing dispute over ownership between the UK and Mauritius. The validity of each claim is covered in another question However, current the only use The ...
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Is the UK’s claim over the Chagos Islands valid?

This morning, the UK missed/ignored a 6 month deadline given by the UN to hand over control of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius. The Mauritians say that they were forced to sell the islands in 1965 in ...
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Why US voted against anti-Nazi resolution?

Recently, there was a voting (similar to the old one) in UN, about resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism. US, again (along with one other countries - Ukraine), voted against. Motivating ...
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Does Greta Thunberg acts alone, only with her family? [closed]

Recently, we all heard Greta's emotional speech about climate and world problems. I was a bit surprised, how that small girl could climb so high - into UN tribune. Then I opened Wikipedia, but didn't ...
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Have the US and Russia (or USSR before it) co-vetoed a UN resolution before today?

In an interesting development today regarding the latest Turkish operation in northern Syria. The U.N. Security Council failed to agree on a statement on Turkey's counterterrorism operation in ...
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Has the US explained why it vetoed the UN resolution condemning Turkey’s Syria invasion?

France, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Poland just sponsored a resolution in the United Nations Security Council condemning Turkey’s invasion of Northern Syria (home of the Syrian Kurds). ...
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United Nations Security Council permanent seat [closed]

Is there a general consensus that Britain should continue to be a permanent member of the UN security council ? Other countries such as Japan or India have larger economies and/or militaries.
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How did the extended UNHCR definition of refugee come about?

According to Wikipedia: As of 2011, the UNHCR itself, in addition to the 1951 definition, recognizes persons as refugees: "who are outside their country of nationality or habitual ...
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Does the UN recognize the borders of the 1947 Palestine partition? Or the 1949 armistice borders? Or something else?

Israel controlled a larger area by the 1949 armistice than the 1947 partition envisioned. However, the 1949 armistice lines are now widely understood as delimiting "Israel Proper". Was Israeli ...
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Can U.N. decide to send fire fighters to fight Amazon rainforest fires

I’m curious if U.N. has rights to call an emergency meeting and vote to send everything necessary to help to fight natural disaster, given that causes of rainforest extinction might be felt globally ? ...
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United Nations : Right to Self Determination and Secession working groups?

Article 1, paragraph 2 of the United Nations charter allows for the right of self-determination. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights ...
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Political barriers to UNPOL activities?

It seems that many UN member countries would benefit from a increased police support force. For example, Honduras is notorious for its high crime rates. This is ostensibly the role that UNPOL is ...
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What is the point of the UN Security council if permanent members have veto power?

It basically makes the UN a paper tiger since getting all of them to agree on something important is impossible. For example if you consider the Russian annexation of the Crimea wrong good luck with ...
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What happens to assets seized from foreign presidents due to corruption allegations?

According to BBC News, the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea is accused of stealing oil money: Prosecutors in Switzerland have seized luxury cars belonging to the vice-president of Equatorial ...
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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 ...
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What was the legal basis for the arrest of Gerald Bull by the UN in South Africa?

https://www.damninteresting.com/project-babylon-gerald-bulls-downfall/ lives up to its name, being indeed a damn interesting summary of the career of supergun engineer Gerald Bull. The one part I'm ...
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Can there be a UN resolution to remove a country from the UN Security Council?

Can there be a United Nations (UN) resolution to remove a country from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)? I am wondering if we can vote a country like France or China out of the UNSC. Is ...
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Does Britain have de jure authority over the West Bank and Gaza?

That is, did the British Mandate of Palestine legally end? Britain was granted a "mandate" over Palestine by the League of Nations from 1923, "until such time as [it is] able to stand alone". British ...
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Are there recesses during the U.N. Security Council?

Are there recesses during the U.N. Security Council? I have watched a dozen of UNSC meetings and none of them had recesses. Is it because most meetings only last a few hours like 3-4 maximum? What ...
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Why did Israel vote against lifting the American embargo on Cuba?

Every single country in the world except for the United States and Israel voted for the United States to end the embargo on Cuba. My question is, why Israel? Many of the nations on this list are ...
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What is the role of the president of the UN Security Council?

What is the role of the president of the UN Security Council? More specifically, is he who decides which countries will speak and in which order? What happens if a representative of a country ...
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How much time is spent within the UN debating and discussing “annual resolutions”?

From the UN As the General Assembly today adopted its annual resolution to end the United States‑led embargo against Cuba ... From Wikipedia The UN General Assembly has, since 1992, passed a ...
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Is there a legal ground for stripping the UK of its UN Veto if Scotland and/or N.Ireland split from the UK?

This question is based on the assumption that both Northern Ireland and Scotland want to stay in the European Union, where Northern Ireland unifies with Ireland, and/or Scotland gets its independence ...
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Has the US government adopted the extended UNHCR definition of refugee?

According to Wikipedia: As of 2011, the UNHCR itself, in addition to the 1951 definition, recognizes persons as refugees: "who are outside their country of nationality or habitual ...
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What is the exact process the UN goes through to condemn a state?

You often hear about the UN deciding to "Condemn" a state, but I don't fully understand the process to do so and as such, I don't think I fully understand the impact. Is it just a basic vote between ...
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Can the UN General Assembly vote to remove veto rights from the big 5 in the UN Security Council?

I wonder if there is any way for any of the United Nations different parts to vote to remove the veto right from being used in the UN Security Council.
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What dictates the order of languages used by the UN?

In the image below, what dictates the order of the languages on the top banner (e.g. why English and then French?
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Is it possible for Saudi Arabia to run for a permanent seat in the UNSC?

The proposed reform of UNSC suggests that potential new candidates are Germany, Japan, India, and Brazil. Does Saudi Arabia qualify for this position under any criterion?
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Who can get UN kicked out of New York City?

There's a fairly large amount of people who think UN should be kicked out of New York City. Why and whether it's a valid point of view is rather irrelevant. What I'm interested in, what would be ...
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Was any UN Security Council vote triple-vetoed?

It's reasonably well known that some UN Security Council resolutions were vetoed by two permanent members. Recent examples include Russia and China jointly vetoing resolutions on Syria and on ...
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Which country benefited the most from UN Security Council vetoes?

By benefited I mean avoided any sort of a negative decisions that could have been made by the UN Security Council if a big power didn't use the veto, such as being condemned, criticized, sanctioned, ...
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Does Russia's veto at the UN Security Council end any role for the United Nations in investigating the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria?

This afternoon, a resolution at the UN Security Council, aimed to establish an independent investigation into alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria, was vetoed by Russia. Is there a way that the ...
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Why China is blocking ban on Notable Terrorist Masood Azhar?

As per the todays latest update, China blocks Masood Azhar's listing as global terrorist for the fourth time. This guy is accountable for number of attacks and loss of lives. Apart from that there was ...
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Sanctioning an entity vs an individual via UNSC Resolution 1267

I have been reading about India's diplomatic efforts in getting Masood Azhar (incumbent leader of terrorist organization Jaish-I-Mohammed (JM)) added into UNSC Sanctions List via UNSC Resolution 1267 ...
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How does an independence referendum work?

I am just curious how exactly do independence referendums work. For instance let us assume that some people meet the criteria for a referendum and want to make a non-binding referendum. If they go ...
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Population growth must be slowed to avoid catastrophic climate change: anybody saying this? [closed]

TL;DR: Title says it all. You do not have to be a math genius for this equation. The more people live, the more our ecosystem suffers, the faster it's resources are burnt up. I understand from a ...
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What stops any nation/country from leaving the UN?

Reading on the topic a little and I have learned that there is no provision in the United Nations for a member state to leave. Indonesia supposedly left the UN back in 1965, and a year later it was ...
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Are UN peacekeeping operations decided via unanimity?

The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations looks after UN peacekeeping interventions. Do these operations require unanimous support, majority support or something else?
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Why did cannabis get legalized first?

The number of drug "addicts" are about 5% of users. So most users are not even addicts. This one says 10% of users become addicts. I am sure it means 10% of illegal drug users. First, medical ...
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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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What makes the Global Compact for Migration so controversial?

According to recent news: The UN General Assembly endorsed a sweeping accord to ensure safe and orderly migration on Wednesday, overriding opposition from five countries, including the United ...
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Why did Hungary oppose a refugee support agreement?

A UN General Assembly vote on a non-binding agreement to support those nations with the largest refugee populations has 181 supportive votes, three abstaining nations (Dominican Republic, Eritrea and ...
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Does Iran have any remaining obligations regarding UN Security Council resolution 2231 and testing ballistic missiles?

In recent US government news, Iran allegedly test-fired a missile: The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads. The missile ...
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Why didn't Canada leave the UN conventions on illicit drugs before legalizing marijuana?

According to this article, Canada would be breaking at least three UN treaties once it legalized marijuana in October. But why didn't the Canadian government just leave the treaties beforehand? It ...
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Is China a “developing country” according to WTO, UN, IMF, etc?

In a recent phone call between Wall St. Journal reporter Bob Davis and President Trump, the president expressed his objection to the WTO's categorization of China as a "developing country". In UN ...
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Does breaking a Paris climate vow result in sanctions by the UN?

Today I read in the Washington Post that: On the eve of the most important global climate meeting in years, a definitive United Nations report has found that the world is well off course on its ...