United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses a news conference after the Geneva Conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, April 8, 2016. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
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Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and four other groups also said the next U.N. chief should be prepared to invoke the U.N. charter to prevent and end mass atrocities such as targeting civilians in wars.The eight point agenda by the rights groups was released just as candidates to succeed Ban Ki-moon prepare to address the U.N. General Assembly to lay out their vision and answer questions, a first in the U.N.'s 70-year history. Rights activists point to the failure by the Security Council in 2014 to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for war crimes prosecutions as a particular low point in U.N. diplomacy.The human rights agenda was also endorsed by Civicus, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect and the World Federalist Movement -- Institute for Global Policy.
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