As international leaders address Syria, Iran at UN’s General Assembly, advocates call for protections for domestic workers

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 13:58
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The international group at the Hague that oversees the treaty banning chemical weapons said today it could send inspectors to Syria as early as next week. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is also considering a proposal from the US and Russia that calls for the completion of inspections and the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria by November. This comes after the five permanent members of the UN Security Council agreed Thursday on a draft resolution on Syria. US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said the resolution would create a “new norm” against chemical weapons use.

“The council discussed a draft resolution that will uphold this international norm by imposing legally-binding obligations on Syria, on the government to eliminate this chemical weapons program.”

The leaders agreed to a resolution that was legally-binding. Should the terms be violated, Western powers would have to go back to the Security Council to pursue military action. Iran’s nuclear program was another focus of leaders in New York, and talks took place between European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Java Zarif. Zarif said the discussions were substantial and business-like and yielded a pledge to hold formal talks in Geneva next month. Outside the UN General Assembly, activists and protesters are trying to raise awareness about other key international issues, including the abuse of domestic workers around the globe. And in some cases, allegations of abuse have even extended to diplomats themselves.  FSRN’s Salim Rizvi reports.

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