Human rights accords receive boost as annual UN treaty event opens

The Pacific island nation of Palau was the busiest Member State, signing up to each such pacts or protocols – part of 34 separate treaty actions taken by 21 countries on the sidelines of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York.Palau signed up to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.It also signed the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.El Salvador also signed the ICESCR with a declaration, Montenegro ratified – also with a declaration – the enforced disappearances convention, and New Zealand ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.Beyond the human rights sphere, Nigeria acceded to both the Convention relating to the status of Stateless Persons and Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.New Zealand ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Safety of UN and Associated Personnel and Côte d’Ivoire signed the International Cocoa Agreement, 2010.On the environment, 13 countries signed the Nagoya Protocol, a key text on equitably sharing Earth’s genetic resources and their benefits, while four European Union countries signed a supplementary protocol on biosafety.Suriname ratified the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and acceded to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.The annual treaty event, which began in 2000, continues until 27 September. 20 September 2011Ten conventions or protocols dealing with human rights received signatures or ratifications today as the annual United Nations event aimed at promoting greater participation in global treaties and international law kicked off. read more

Scores and Schedule

Friday’s GamesNHLCalgary 4 Los Angeles 1St. Louis 3 Colorado 2 (OT)Florida 3 Buffalo 2 (OT)Washington 6 New Jersey 3Anaheim 2 Carolina 1 (OT)—AHLBelleville 4 Utica 2Cleveland 4 Syracuse 3 (OT)Grand Rapids 4 San Antonio 3Providence 2 Charlotte 1Rochester 1 WB/Scranton 0Lehigh Valley 3 Laval 2 (OT)Texas 4 Milwaukee 1Colorado 3 Iowa 2 (SO)San Diego 2 Manitoba 1Stockton 4 Ontario 2 —NBABoston 128 Cleveland 95Detroit 107 Chicago 88Philadelphia 123 Washington 98Utah 119 Charlotte 111Memphis 131 Brooklyn 125 (2OT)Houston 136 San Antonio 105Miami 106 New Orleans 101Oklahoma City 124 Atlanta 109Orlando 99 Phoenix 85L.A. Lakers 114 Dallas 103Denver 113 Portland 112—Saturday’s Games(All Times Eastern)NHLSan Jose at Ottawa, 1 p.m.Dallas at Vancouver, 4 p.m.N.Y. Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m.Toronto at Minnesota, 7 p.m.Winnipeg at New Jersey, 7 p.m.Columbus vs. N.Y. Islanders, at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m.Tampa Bay at Florida, 7 p.m.Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m.St. Louis at Arizona, 8 p.m.Chicago at Nashville, 8 p.m.Vegas at Edmonton, 10 p.m.—AHLSyracuse at Cleveland, 1 p.m.Utica at Laval, 3 p.m.WB/Scranton at Toronto, 4 p.m.Charlotte at Hartford, 7 p.m.Lehigh Valley at Belleville, 7 p.m.Milwaukee at Rockford, 7 p.m.Providence at Bridgeport, 7 p.m.Springfield at Hershey, 7 p.m.Texas at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.Rochester at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m.San Antonio at Chicago, 8 p.m.San Jose at Stockton, 9 p.m.Iowa at Colorado, 9:05 p.m.Manitoba at Bakersfield, 10 p.m.—NBAMilwaukee at New York, 5 p.m.Brooklyn at Washington, 7 p.m.Golden State at Detroit, 7 p.m.Boston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.Chicago at Houston, 8 p.m.Toronto at Cleveland, 8 p.m.Indiana at Sacramento, 10 p.m.—The Canadian Press read more