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How did Russia retain the UNSC veto power of the Soviet Union?

I am not sure what the criteria are to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council, but I do wonder how did Russia manage to keep its veto power after the dissolution of the Soviet Union? I ...
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Has a world leader been laughed at while addressing the UN General Assembly before?

Donald Trump was reportedly laughed at by delegates while addressing the United Nations General Assembly: In one of the more remarkable moments in the history of the annual UN summit, the chamber ...
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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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Why did the US block a UN statement calling for violence to stop in the Palestine-Israel conflict?

The US is blocking* what seems to be a simple statement asking both parties to stop violence: The United States has today blocked - for the third time in a week - the adoption of a joint UN Security ...
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Why did The Bahamas vote against the UN resolution for Ukraine reparations?

The United Nations General Assembly voted on 2022-11-14 to hold Russia responsible for war reparations. Tally 94 For 14 Against 73 Abstain The "For" and "Abstain" votes are ...
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What reasoning did Eritrea provide for its vote on the UN resolution against the war in Ukraine?

In the recent UN General Assembly resolution denouncing Russia's actions in Ukraine, only four countries were opposed, besides Russia itself. We have Belarus, a close ally of Russia that is involved ...
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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 Syria ...
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Why were China, Russia and Cuba allowed to join the UN human rights council?

China, Cuba, Russia elected to UN Human Rights Council The UN General Assembly voted Tuesday to elect a new tranche of 15 Human Rights Council (HRC) members, including China, Cuba and Russia. The ...
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Why has the United States not signed and ratified the International Criminal Court?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) treaty has been signed by 121 countries. A number of countries are not parties; China, Russia, United States. From the countries that are not parties to the ICC, ...
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Was it advantageous for Russia to invade while holding the presidency of UN Security Council?

The Russian Federation is the current president of the UN Security Council. During the emergency UN security meeting, Ukraine asked that Russia give up their title in light of the recent attack. Did ...
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Non-subjective definition of "terrorist", or widely used equivalent term?

Philipp comments: ...We all know that one side's terrorists are another side's freedom fighters... Suppose big Country X provides arms to little Country y's native "freedom fighters", who do ...
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Is there bias against Israel at the UN?

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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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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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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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 has India abstained on the UNSC resolution on Russia in Ukraine?

Why has India abstained on the UN Security Council resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine? EDIT: The Finantial Times published India sticks with Russia after Vladimir Putin’s invasion ...
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Why is North Korea allowed to be in the UN?

It is no obscure fact that North Korea is a major violator of human rights guidelines with its authoritarianism and poverty and is a major threat to world peace with its incessant nuclear weapons ...
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On what grounds did Vladimir Putin invoke Article 51 of the UN Charter for self defence while going into Ukraine?

In his announcement (at 20:02) of the special military operations, Vladimir Putin invoked article 51 of the UN charter, justifying these operations as self-defence. However, since Russia was never ...
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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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Has a country ever by its own volition refused to join the United Nations?

I was seeing some of the countries which aren't part of the United Nations, and I noticed most of them either have dubious international recognition as countries (Taiwan, Palestine, Kosovo, etc.) or ...
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Why did Ukraine abstain from the UNHRC vote on China?

After reading the answers to this question, I noticed something odd: Ukraine appears to have abstained in the recent vote over China's policy towards the Uyghurs. However, given the context of the ...
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Why have no US government officials been charged under the Geneva convention?

US and NATO have been big advocates for human rights and international law around the globe. I'm only focusing on Iraq and current military missions in the Middle East and violations of the Geneva ...
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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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Why are non-Western countries siding with China in the UN?

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/un-body-rejects-historic-debate-chinas-human-rights-record-2022-10-06/ The U.N. rights council on Thursday voted down a Western-led motion to hold a debate about ...
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What countries voted for letting Saudi Arabia join the UN women's rights commission?

What countries voted for letting Saudi Arabia join the women rights commission? It happened so I would like to know what countries voted to make this possible.
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Why is Israel refusing to let the International Atomic Energy Agency inspect their facilities?

For years Israel has refused opening their nuclear facilities to IAEA inspection and Israel signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. 45 member states, including Turkey, Russia, China and Iran, ...
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Legality of Syrian invasion by US and allies [closed]

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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Is there a political solution to climate change without some kind of world government

A conservative opposition to anti Global Warming policy is that it will lead to a "One World Government". This is often derided as a conspiracy theory. Here is a thought experiment: If my ...
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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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What are the steps to become an independent country once independence has been declared?

In How to Become a Country in 3 Easy Steps they mention: Step 1 Declare independence Step 2 Gain recognition Step 3 Join the United Nations Foreign Policy has a similar article How to Start Your Own ...
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For what reasons does India claim a permanent seat on UNSC?

Currently, there are five permanent members of United Nations Security Council. India, with the other three nations of the G4, is demanding a permanent seat on the Security Council. So, On what basis/...
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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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How are conflicts between constitutional and treaty obligations resolved?

The present Constitution of Bolivia, which came into effect on the 7th of February 2009, has this to say about coca (an English translation follows the original Spanish): Artículo 384. El Estado ...
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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 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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Why, according to the UN, "gender-biased abortion" is against human rights but "abortion in general" is not?

The UN Population Fund, in their latest report about violence against women, states: Interpretations of human rights treaties identify “gender-biased sex selection” in favour of boys as a harmful ...
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Is there any possibility that UN could deprive the Russian Federation of the veto power?

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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What are the practical implications of Palestine's new observer-state status in the United Nations?

Recently, The United Nations granted Palestine observer status. What, if anything, does this enable Palestine to do that they couldn't do before, or is the gesture simply a symbolic step?
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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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Would the Trump administration be breaching the United Nations Convention against Torture if they bring back interrogative torture?

Donald Trump has made it clear, that he is pro-torture. As written in Trump claims torture works but experts warn of its 'potentially existential' costs: Donald Trump has used his first TV ...
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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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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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Who and on what basis determines how much US pays for UN?

US pays 22% of UN's total budget and 28.5% of peacekeeping budget. Who; and on what basis, determines those figures? I'd prefer precise rules if they exist, over general principles like "US has ...
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Are there benefits, except moral support for the victim country, to approach the ICJ when the offender is a UNSC Permanent member?

I am having some trouble understanding the present relevance of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in matters of war between two countries when at least one of them is a permanent member of the ...
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Where can I find a copy of Iran's proposal pertaining to Palestine to U.N. Security Council on November 1, 2019?

From the official Khamenei.ir's "Which final solution?" It appears that the uproar and the responses of the American and Zionist authorities and their mercenaries are for the most part ...
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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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Why didn't the UN send peacekeepers to Rwanda in 1994?

In just 100 days in 1994, some 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda. Canadian General Romeo Dallaire was the overseer of the peacekeeping mission there. He had a small garrison of peacekeepers. Why ...
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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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Could California Ratify the Paris Agreement?

While not a member of the UN itself, the implementation of AB 32 effectively satisfies all the requirements of the Paris Agreement. The state, being so large, contributes to 6.61% of the US emissions,...
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What could the United Nations do after a chemical attack in Syria?

In Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel held town, there have been reports of a chemical attack. The reports claim that it were launched by the Syrian government. According to the Chemical Weapons Convention the ...
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