World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Madrid: Bomb Blasts Target Spanish Commuters

Annan deplores ‘senseless’ bomb blasts in Spain

  • Click here to view this UN video report…
  • Reacting to news of several bomb blasts in Spain this morning, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reiterated his stance that there is no justification for targeting civilians, and said the perpetrators must to be held to account for their crimes.

    “It is indeed with profound shock and indignation that I learned about the terrorist attack in Madrid today,” Mr. Annan told the press upon arriving at UN Headquarters in New York. “Once again we see senseless killing of innocent people. Killing of innocent people cannot be justified regardless of the cause.”

    Offering his deepest sympathy to King Juan Carlos, the Government of Spain and to the people and friends who were killed or injured in the explosions, the Secretary-General said he hoped that the perpetrators would be brought to justice swiftly. In Geneva, the Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan condemned the bombings as "unconscionable and monstrous."

    "The one thing terrorists all over the world have in common, whatever their claims, is an utter disregard for life and all human rights", Mr. Ramcharan said, vowing that these attacks "will not succeed in destroying the edifice of international law and human rights."

    He joined Mr. Annan in stressing that the perpetrators must be brought to justice "within the human rights standards that help bind our societies together and that they constantly assail."

    © Scoop Media

    World Headlines


    Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

    The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

    Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

    Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


    Other Australian Detention

    Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

    Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


    Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

    Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


    Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

    Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


    Mexico: Violence And Repression Of Teachers

    The member organizations of Network for Peace express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces... In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested. More>>


    Gordon Campbell: On Britain's Pleas For Mercy

    So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won't be holding a snap general election, if he's chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) that his colleagues wouldn't have to risk their jobs and face the wrath of the British public until 2020. More>>


    Get More From Scoop

    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news