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UN strengthens key human rights reporting system

Friday, 11 April 2014, 5:06 pm | OHCHR

International human rights reporting received a significant boost after the UN General Assembly on Wednesday approved steps to strengthen the system for reviewing how member states comply with their human rights treaty obligations. More >>

DPRK: UN expert embarks on a new stage of human rights work

Friday, 11 April 2014, 5:04 pm | OHCHR

This is my first visit to Japan since the Commission of Inquiry completed its work last month. I am here in the wake of a strong resolution on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) adopted by an overwhelming majority in the United Nations ... More >>

Lithuanian ex-president lifelong politics ban not objective

Thursday, 10 April 2014, 2:19 pm | OHCHR

Lithuania violated the political rights of ex-president Rolandas Paksas when it introduced a rule to ban anyone who had been impeached from running for or holding high office just weeks after the former leader had himself been removed from his post for abuse ... More >>

UN urges full inclusion of Roma in decision-making in Europe

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 3:04 pm | OHCHR

On International Roma Day, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák, calls on all European States and institutions to fully include Roma people in the decision-making process in Europe at all levels. More >>

Myanmar: UN expert raises alarm on Rakhine State

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 2:17 pm | OHCHR

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, today pressed the alarm bell on the further deterioration of the human rights situation in Rakhine State. More >>

Ratify treaty on migrant workers’ rights, UN urges States

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 2:12 pm | OHCHR

UN experts have issued a renewed appeal to all countries to sign up to a landmark treaty on the rights of migrant workers that came into force some 10 years ago. “Forty-seven countries have ratified the treaty but that number is far too low given the abuse ... More >>

UN calls for debt relief for reconstruction in Philippines

Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 1:50 pm | OHCHR

United Nations human rights expert Cephas Lumina today urged international creditors to cancel Philippines’ debt and to provide unconditional grant-aid instead of reconstruction loans in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. More >>

Comment by Ugandan Newspaper Names Claimed Gay People

Friday, 28 February 2014, 10:35 am | OHCHR

Comment attributable to OHCHR’s Spokesperson, Cécile Pouilly, on the publication by a Ugandan newspaper of the names of people claimed to be homosexuals. More >>

Anti-Homosexuality law in Uganda violates human rights

Tuesday, 25 February 2014, 11:01 am | OHCHR

GENEVA (24 February 2014) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday denounced the anti-homosexuality law signed into force in Uganda, which she said would institutionalise discrimination against lesbians, gay, bisexual and ... More >>

UN rights expert urges Sudan to release last year's reports

Friday, 21 February 2014, 1:09 pm | OHCHR

UN human rights expert urges Sudan to release reports on last year’s violent demonstrations More >>

Ukraine crisis: Pillay sends urgent call for restraint

Thursday, 20 February 2014, 11:21 am | OHCHR

GENEVA (19 February 2014) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on Wednesday called on all parties in Ukraine to exercise maximum restraint after 22 people were killed during violent clashes in Kiev between riot police and protesters ... More >>

Living under siege

Thursday, 20 February 2014, 10:11 am | OHCHR

GENEVA (19 February 2014) – Sieges imposed by Syrian Government forces and pro-Government militias, as well as by armed opposition groups, have resulted in severe hardship, suffering and deaths of civilians, in clear breach of the obligations imposed by ... More >>

Pillay calls for urgent action on “historic” DPRK report

Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 10:28 am | OHCHR

GENEVA (18 February 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday welcomed the report of the independent UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which was published in Geneva ... More >>

North Korea: Crimes against humanity documented by UN

Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 12:56 pm | OHCHR

North Korea: UN Commission documents wide-ranging and ongoing crimes against humanity, urges referral to ICC More >>

Torture: Tajikistan still needs to breach the gap

Thursday, 13 February 2014, 11:00 am | OHCHR

Torture: “Tajikistan still needs to breach the gap between policies and reality” – UN rights expert More >>

UN Expert: Spain should trust its democracy

Thursday, 6 February 2014, 10:54 am | OHCHR

“Spain should trust its democracy and work for victims’ rights” – UN expert on transitional justice More >>

UN Expert: “Seychelles is not out of reach”

Tuesday, 4 February 2014, 10:24 am | OHCHR

“Seychelles is not out of reach” – UN expert calls for further measures to prevent and fight trafficking in persons More >>

India: UN human rights experts welcome Supreme Court ruling

Friday, 31 January 2014, 4:39 pm | OHCHR

GENEVA (30 January 2014) – Two United Nations independent experts welcomed a recent decision by the Supreme Court of India to commute to life imprisonment the death sentences of 15 individuals, and to introduce guidelines safeguarding the rights ... More >>

UN Special Rapporteur commends Rwandan Government

Wednesday, 29 January 2014, 10:23 am | OHCHR

KIGALI / GENEVA (28 January 2014) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai commended the Rwandan Government on its economic development in the 20 years since the 1994 genocide, but urged that undue restrictions on the freedoms of peaceful ... More >>

Central African Republic at a critical juncture warns Pillay

Tuesday, 28 January 2014, 10:50 am | OHCHR

GENEVA (27 January 2014) – The Central African Republic is now at a critical juncture, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned on Monday, amid renewed fighting and the flight of ex-Séléka and Muslim civilians towards the north ... More >>

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