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World is ignoring human rights of poor

Monday, 16 October 2017, 8:35 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (16 October 2017) – The world’s poor are at disproportionate risk of torture, arrest, early death and domestic violence, but their civil and political rights are being airbrushed out of the picture, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty Philip ... More >>

Arbitrary police violence can amount to torture

Saturday, 14 October 2017, 11:30 am | UNHCHR

NEW YORK (13 October 2017) – Arbitrary violence by police can amount to torture, even when it takes place outside prison walls, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, has told the UN General Assembly in New York. More >>

Denmark must extend toxic substance protection standards

Saturday, 14 October 2017, 11:29 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA / COPENHAGEN (13 October 2017) – Denmark provides solid examples on the protection of people from toxic substances, but companies must ensure these standards are observed when operating overseas, the UN Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances ... More >>

Azerbaijan: reports of persecution

Saturday, 14 October 2017, 11:28 am | UNHCHR

Azerbaijan: UN rights experts alarmed by reports of persecution of people perceived to be gay or trans More >>

Cambodian democracy under threat

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 8:09 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (12 October 2017) – Civil and political rights in Cambodia are deteriorating rapidly, with deeply worrying implications for forthcoming elections and the future of democracy in the country, a United Nations human rights expert has said. More >>

UN experts urge Chile not to use anti-terrorism law

Saturday, 7 October 2017, 11:59 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (6 October 2017) - UN experts* are urging Chile not to prosecute Mapuche indigenous peoples under the country’s anti-terrorism legislation. More >>

Death penalty disproportionately affects the poor

Saturday, 7 October 2017, 11:58 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (6 October 2017) – United Nations human rights experts* are calling for urgent action to end the disproportionate impact of the death penalty on people from poorer communities. They say imposing the death penalty as a result of discrimination ... More >>

UN must prioritise women’s protection

Saturday, 7 October 2017, 11:57 am | UNHCHR

NEW YORK (6 October 2017) - Existing international conventions and treaties designed to protect women from violence are not being sufficiently implemented by governments around the world, and fresh action needs to be spearheaded by the UN, an expert on ... More >>

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Cameroon

Saturday, 7 October 2017, 11:48 am | UNHCHR

We would like to reiterate the concern voiced by UN Secretary-General António Guterres about the violence in South-West and North-West Cameroon on 1 October, amid demonstrations by people from the country’s Anglophone community. More >>

Myanmar Rohingya abuses may be crimes against humanity

Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 9:05 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (4 October 2017) – The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) have called on the Myanmar authorities to immediately stop violence in northern Rakhine State, ... More >>

Stamp out human rights denials in old age

Saturday, 30 September 2017, 1:26 pm | UNHCHR

Younger generations must act now to stamp out human rights denials in old age – UN expert More >>

Malaysia urged to protect its tradition of tolerance

Monday, 25 September 2017, 8:42 pm | UNHCHR

UN expert urges Malaysia to protect its tradition of tolerance from the rise of fundamentalism More >>

Efforts to end illicit financial flows

Friday, 22 September 2017, 7:47 pm | UNHCHR

Efforts to end illicit financial flows to be examined by UN Independent Expert during visit to Switzerland More >>

Right to health in Armenia: UN expert to make first visit

Friday, 22 September 2017, 7:46 pm | UNHCHR

YEREVAN / GENEVA (20 September 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Pūras, will visit Armenia from 25 September to 5 October 2017, to assess to what extent people’s right to health is being realized. “The ... More >>

Calls for new international standards on private military

Saturday, 16 September 2017, 3:03 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (15 September 2017) – A United Nations expert group has urged States to establish a comprehensive, legally binding instrument to regulate private military and security companies (PMSCs). More >>

UN Rapporteur rejects accusations of Russian influence

Saturday, 16 September 2017, 3:02 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (15 September 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert has refuted allegations that extra-budgetary support from Russia influenced his report on the impact of sanctions on the country. More >>

Arrest of Egyptian lawyer Ebrahim Metwally

Saturday, 16 September 2017, 3:00 pm | UNHCHR

UN rights experts dismayed by arrest of Egyptian lawyer Ebrahim Metwally en route to meet them More >>

Disappearances in Gabon and Lithuania

Saturday, 16 September 2017, 2:59 pm | UNHCHR

UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances issues findings on Gabon and Lithuania GENEVA (15 September 2017) – The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances has published its findings on Gabon and Lithuania, which it reviewed during its latest session, ... More >>

Human rights at heart of development agenda

Saturday, 16 September 2017, 2:57 pm | UNHCHR

Governments and businesses must place human rights at heart of development agenda, UN experts stress More >>

UN expert calls for democratization of the media

Friday, 15 September 2017, 7:29 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (15 September 2017) – Democracy and self-determination are crucial in preventing national, regional and international conflict, but are under attack from ‘fake news’, incomplete news and political correctness, says Alfred de Zayas, United ... More >>

 

 

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