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Archive for December 21, 2009

Newsline: Loophole in Diplomatic Immunity Closed in South Korea

The government has set up a new guideline in order to counter the abuse of diplomatic privileges, amid growing concerns over traffic violations and other offenses committed by foreign diplomats here. Under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, local authorities cannot arrest or punish foreign diplomats as they are protected from criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits in the host country. However, the new guideline, which takes effect Dec. 21, calls on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to notify countries of alleged violations of local laws committed by their diplomats here, according to the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office. Police will be obliged to immediately report violations committed by diplomats to both the prosecution and the ministry, it said. Once notified, the ministry is required to submit a formal report of the offense to the country the diplomat represents. If necessary, local authorities may request a waiver of diplomatic immunity or expel the diplomat from the country, according to the measure. There has been mounting criticism over diplomatic immunity. Law enforcement authorities are unable to prosecute law-breaking diplomats, no matter how serious the crime may be. In cases of traffic violations, they have practically no legal means requiring foreign diplomats to pay fines. The number of speeding violations by diplomats soared from 18 in 2006 to 212 in 2008, according to the ministry. Nearly 90 percent of traffic fines imposed on foreign diplomats between July 2004 and July 2008 – a total of some 72.6 million won ($61,500) – have yet to be paid, according the National Police Agency.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/12/113_57598.html

Newsline: US embassy’s vehicle stolen in Pakistan

The vehicle being used by the US Embassy has been stolen from the Satellite Town in Rawalpindi.  A security officer at the embassy and a staff submitted an application in the New Town Police Station that a while-colored Toyota Hiace Double Cabin has been stolen from outside the embassy. The staff had taken the vehicle to his home in the night, from where it was stolen.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=94015

Newsline: Gambia’s court sentences French embassy thief to 3 years imprisonment

Senior magistrate Abdoulie Mbacke of the Kanifing Magistrates Court convicted and sentenced one Jaja Faal to three years at old Jeshwang prison. The accused person broke and entered into French Embassy house in Cape Point, and stole one mobile phone Nokia 3100.

http://today.gm/hi/news/995.html

Commentary: CLIMATE CHANGE: History Was Not Made

There is no Copenhagen climate treaty. History was not made here and no deal was sealed. After two years of intense negotiations by 193 countries, what is abundantly clear is the enormous divide between the rich and poor countries. Poor countries want deep cuts in emissions by the industrialised world, and the latter continue to resist significant cuts and legally binding targets. Despite the enormous pressures, high expectations and last minute efforts by 128 heads of state, all that emerged is a vague agreement of sorts called the “Copenhagen Accord”. “Sealing the deal” on a new climate treaty has been postponed for at least a year.

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49755

Commentary: CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO: No se hizo historia en Copenhague

No se hizo historia en Copenhague. Tampoco se selló ningún pacto contra el cambio climático. Tras dos años de intensas negociaciones entre 194 países, rompe los ojos la división entre el mundo rico y el pobre. Los países pobres quieren reducciones drásticas de las emisiones causantes del recalentamiento por parte del mundo industrial, y éste sigue resistiéndose a cortes sustantivos y metas obligatorias. A pesar de las enormes presiones, las grandes esperanzas y los esfuerzos de último minuto de gobernantes de 128 países, todo concluyó en un vago texto titulado Acuerdo de Copenhague. La promesa de “sellar un pacto” climático fue pospuesta al menos un año más.

http://www.ipsnoticias.net/nota.asp?idnews=94285

Commentary: CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE : Tout reste à réaliser

Les nations industrialisées sont en train d’enfoncer leurs têtes dans le sable et les pays pauvres semblent être obligés de continuer à supporter le fardeau du réchauffement climatique. Les manifestations, les dépliants, les informations des médias et toutes sortes de pression, pour amener les pays occidentaux à réduire leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre et dédommager les pays pauvres avec des ressources financières et la technologie, semblent être tombés dans les oreilles de sourd. A l’intérieur de Bella Center, l’endroit où se tient, du 7 au 18 décembre, à Copenhague, la 15ème Conférence des parties (COP15) à la Convention cadre des Nations Unies sur le changement climatique, les dirigeants venus de différentes parties du monde ont plus ou moins rendu le même message sur les impacts du changement climatique et la raison pour laquelle il est important d’aider les pays pauvres. Les Etats-Unis ont stimulé beaucoup d’intérêt de nombre de médias lorsque la secrétaire d’Etat américaine, Hillary Clinton, a déposé les cartes de son gouvernement sur la table. Mais sa proposition d’un financement de 100 milliards de dollars par an, à partir de 2020, a confirmé l’arrogance du monde développé: le Sud est à la recherche d’un engagement immédiat pour quelque 200 milliards de dollars par an pour l’atténuation, l’adaptation et les transferts de technologie.

http://www.ipsinternational.org/fr/_note.asp?idnews=5623

Commentary: KLIMA: Egoistisch, unsensibel, unsolidarisch

Die südamerikanischen Staatspräsidenten Evo Morales (Bolivien) und Hugo Chávez (Venezuela) haben auf der Weltklimakonferenz in Kopenhagen den Industriestaaten vorgeworfen, mit ihrem “Egoismus” und ihrem Festklammern an eine “Kultur des Todes” die laufenden Verhandlungen vor die Wand zu fahren.

http://ipsnews.de/

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