6 Feb 2015
NEWS IN BRIEF (PM) 6 FEBRUARY 2015
1. Murder of Jordanian pilot condemned by UN officials
The murder of a Jordanian pilot by terrorists of the Islamic State or ISIL has been condemned by two senior United Nations officials.
The terrorists recently released a video of Moaz al-Kasasbeh being burned alive.
The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh said the murder most likely constitutes a war crime.
2. ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq must be fought with better ideas
Simply bombing ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq is not enough to defeat them, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein told reporters in Washington D.C. on Friday.
Mr. Al-Hussein was on the first official visit by a UN High Commissioner for Human rights to capital of the United States in eight years.
“We have to fight their ideas with better ideas, stop undermining our own worldwide system of human rights because they push us to do so, tackle the hopelessness and disillusion that is providing them with the apparent endless stream of young men and even young women.”
3. Conference on tourism and culture concludes in Cambodia
Cambodia, Ethiopia, Peru, Paraguay and South Korea have signed an agreement to establish an international organization for sustainable tourism to eliminate poverty.
The agreement was signed during the first ever conference of government ministers of culture and tourism, convened by the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) and the UN World Tourism Organization.
The meeting, in Seam Reap, Cambodia, heard how the one billion tourists who cross borders each year offer immense possibilities for socio-economic development in destination countries.