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India urged to act after murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 9:39 am | UN Human Rights Office

GENEVA (13 September 2017) – Three UN Special Rapporteurs have urged the Government of India to act decisively after the killing of Indian journalist and human rights defender Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead on 5 September outside her home in Bangalore. More >>

Australian Government must re-build trust of civil society

Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 12:57 pm | UN Human Rights Office

CANBERRA / GENEVA (18 October 2016) – United Nations independent expert Michel Forst today called on the Government of Australia to urgently dispel civil society’s growing concerns about the ‘chilling effect’ of its recent laws, policies and ... More >>

UN rights expert calls on Myanmar to address backtracking

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 4:00 pm | UN Human Rights Office

GENEVA (18 March 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, called on the country’s authorities to rapidly address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process “before they undermine ... More >>

Indigenous Peoples Can't be ‘Deleted’ from Development Goals

Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 12:49 pm | UN Human Rights Office

21 July 2014 GENEVA / NEW YORK– The new United Nations sustainable development goals must not be a step backwards for indigenous peoples, a group of UN experts* on indigenous peoples has warned today. Their call comes after a meeting held by ... More >>

Cambodia: UN expert hails agreements for electoral reform

Friday, 7 March 2014, 11:39 am | UN Human Rights Office

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya P. Subedi, greets the five-point agreement reached by the two main political parties currently represented in Parliament to launch concrete electoral reforms. More >>

Privatization of Burundian Coffee Must Not Repeat Errors

Friday, 19 April 2013, 2:37 pm | UN Human Rights Office

Two United Nations experts on the right to food and foreign debt today raised the alarm over the World Bank-led privatization of the Burundian coffee sector, and called for suspension of the policy pending a full human rights-based impact assessment. More >>

States and Businesses Should Reduce Impact on Human Rights

Sunday, 4 November 2012, 10:13 am | UN Human Rights Office

A UN body charged with the promotion of respect for human rights by business of all sizes, today called on States and businesses to address the heightened risk to groups and communities whose human rights are affected by business activities More >>

Kyrgyzstan: Navi Pillay press conference

Wednesday, 11 July 2012, 12:39 pm | UN Human Rights Office

Opening Remarks By UN High Commissioner For Human Rights Navi Pillay At A Press Conference During Her Mission To Kyrgyzstan More >>

Timor-Leste: Call For Inclusive And Sustainable Growth

Monday, 25 June 2012, 3:29 pm | UN Human Rights Office

Timor-Leste: UN Expert Calls For Inclusive And Sustainable Development GENEVA (21 June 2012) ¬ "Ensuring inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth is the most crucial challenge facing Timor-Leste today", United Nations Special Rapporteur ... More >>

“A Buffer Against More Than Just Hunger” – UN Special Rappor

Friday, 22 June 2012, 4:00 pm | UN Human Rights Office

“A Buffer Against More Than Just Hunger” – UN Special Rapporteur Welcomes Right To Food In Rio+20 More >>

Special Rapporteur on Violence against women PNG

Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 3:42 pm | UN Human Rights Office

PORT MORESBY (26 March 2012) – At the end of her official country mission to Papua New Guinea, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Rashida Manjoo, delivered the following statement: “I would like to begin by ... More >>

Sri Lanka / human rights defenders

Saturday, 24 March 2012, 3:57 pm | UN Human Rights Office

The High Commissioner for Human Rights is today warning that there must be no reprisals against Sri Lankan human rights defenders in the aftermath of yesterday's adoption by the Human Rights Council of a resolution on Sri Lanka. More >>

Ethiopia: UN Disturbed At Persistent Misuse Of Terror Law

Tuesday, 7 February 2012, 4:38 pm | UN Human Rights Office

GENEVA– A number of UN human rights experts on Thursday expressed their dismay at the continuing abuse of anti-terrorism legislation to curb freedom of expression in Ethiopia. A week ago, three journalists and two opposition politicians* were given ... More >>

Papua New Guinea’s Human Rights Situation In 2011

Wednesday, 14 December 2011, 11:51 am | UN Human Rights Office

In 2011, Papua New Guinea appeared before the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in Geneva and made a series of commitments to progress human rights in the country. Papua New Guinea was participating in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process ... More >>

Climate Finance Should Not Add To The External Debt Burdens

Friday, 9 December 2011, 12:43 pm | UN Human Rights Office

The United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Cephas Lumina, urged the international climate change gatherings currently underway in Durban, South Africa, to ensure that finance under the proposed Green Climate Fund does not exacerbate ... More >>

Women’s Voices Must Be Heard During Times Of Transition

Friday, 9 December 2011, 12:28 pm | UN Human Rights Office

Statement by the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, and the Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice More >>

Human Rights Go “Viral” In 2011

Friday, 9 December 2011, 12:23 pm | UN Human Rights Office

NEW YORK – An unprecedented social media campaign built around the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been gathering momentum in the run-up to Human Rights Day, which is celebrated every year on 10 December. Citing new viewing statistics, the UN human ... More >>

UN High Commissioner at 'Celebrate Human Rights Conference'

Monday, 5 December 2011, 10:09 am | UN Human Rights Office

A year when a single word, embodying the thwarted quest of a single impoverished young man in a remote province of Tunisia, struck a chord which swiftly rose to a crescendo. More >>

Australia / Trafficking: Focus On Needs of Victims - UN

Monday, 5 December 2011, 10:01 am | UN Human Rights Office

GENEVA / CAMBERA (1st December 2011) – United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, yesterday urged the Australian Government to devote greater attention to the rights and needs of the ... More >>

Australia: UN Special Rapporteur in Trafficking in Persons

Thursday, 1 December 2011, 11:01 am | UN Human Rights Office

The Australian Government should also be commended on developing a robust working relationship with civil society. I was fortunate to attend the yearly National Roundtable on People Trafficking in Canberra, which provides an important opportunity for government ... More >>



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