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Russia: Oleg Orlov Trial Is An Abuse Of Legal System For Political Purposes, Says UN Expert

Friday, 5 April 2024, 10:12 am | OHCHR

“In keeping Oleg Orlov behind bars, on charges that have no grounds in international law, the Russian authorities show everyone in Russia the instruments they are willing to use to silence peaceful dissenters and independent voices and demonstrate the ... More >>

UN Expert Welcomes New York State Legislature Debate On Sovereign Debt Stability Bill

Tuesday, 26 March 2024, 7:30 am | OHCHR

A UN expert today urged New York State authorities to adopt a bill to step up oversight of how debt from defaulted nations is restructured with creditors. “The Sovereign Stability Debt Bill creates an opportunity to outline a transparent procedure for ... More >>

Haiti: Türk Warns Of Deepening Human Rights Crisis Following Most Violent Month In Two Years

Monday, 12 February 2024, 5:14 am | OHCHR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk on Friday issued an urgent warning about the deepening human rights catastrophe in Haiti, after figures showed that January was the most violent month in more than two years. “The already dire human ... More >>

Gaza: Türk Urges Ceasefire As Civilians Pushed To Frontier Amid Escalation

Wednesday, 20 December 2023, 5:22 pm | OHCHR

UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk said today he feared for the rapidly increasing number of civilians in Gaza increasingly corralled towards the border with Egypt, as hostilities continue to escalate, including wave after wave of Israeli airstrikes, ... More >>

Israel Must Stop Using Water As A Weapon Of War

Saturday, 18 November 2023, 9:26 am | OHCHR

Israel must allow clean water and fuel into Gaza to activate the water supply network and desalination plants in the besieged enclave before it is too late, a UN expert warned today. "Every hour that passes with Israel preventing the provision of ... More >>

UN Entities Demand Immediate Release Of Staff Detained In Yemen

Wednesday, 15 November 2023, 8:20 pm | OHCHR

It has been two years since two staff of UNESCO and the UN Human Rights Office were detained in Sana'a, Yemen. Since then, we have not received information about the reasons for their detention or their status, even though the Ansar Allah movement ... More >>

Gaza: Destroying Civilian Housing And Infrastructure Is An International Crime, Warns UN Expert

Thursday, 9 November 2023, 6:54 pm | OHCHR

The world must act now to end the horrifying and massive attacks against civilian housing and infrastructure in Gaza, which comes at a tremendous cost to human life, a UN expert said today. “Carrying out hostilities with the knowledge that they ... More >>

UN Human Rights Chief Condemns Rise In Hatred

Sunday, 5 November 2023, 9:45 am | OHCHR

UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk today strongly deplored the sharp rise in hatred globally - including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia - since 7 October, while at the same time expressing concerns about undue restrictions on protests over the conflict ... More >>

UN Human Rights Committee Publishes Findings On Iran, Kuwait, Korea, Trinidad And Tobago, USA And Venezuela

Saturday, 4 November 2023, 5:56 pm | OHCHR

The UN Human Rights Committee today issued its findings on the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kuwait, the Republic of Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, after examining the six States ... More >>

Fighting Against Contemporary Forms Of Slavery

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 4:55 am | OHCHR

Canada’s temporary foreign worker programmes are a breeding ground for contemporary forms of slavery, a UN expert said today, urging the country to do more to protect workers and offer a clear pathway to permanent residency for all migrants. “I am ... More >>

Continuing Abuses In Manipur, India

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 4:54 am | OHCHR

UN experts* today raised the alarm about reports of serious human rights violations and abuses in the Northeast State of Manipur in India, including alleged acts of sexual violence, extrajudicial killings, home destruction, forced displacement, torture ... More >>

Global North's Refuses To Waive COVID-19 Vaccine Intellectual Property Rights

Friday, 1 September 2023, 6:55 am | OHCHR

Global North States’ persistent refusal to waive COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property rights violated non-discrimination guarantee, UN Committee warns The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) today called on State ... More >>

Torture And 2,000 Prison Tariffs In UK

Thursday, 31 August 2023, 5:41 am | OHCHR

A UN torture expert today called on the UK Government to begin an urgent review of sentences imposed on prisoners held indefinitely under the widely discredited and now abandoned Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) system. “The Government ... More >>

Russian Court Decisions On Laws Discrediting Armed Forces A 'New Low'

Tuesday, 29 August 2023, 7:44 am | OHCHR

UN experts* today expressed grave concern about recent decisions by Russia’s Constitutional Court to dismiss challenges to the constitutionality of the country’s legislative provisions that criminalise all “public actions aimed at discrediting” the Russian ... More >>

Call For Safe, Impartial Border Policies & Practices In Greece

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 4:06 pm | OHCHR

UN experts * today urged Greece to adopt safe and impartial border protection policies and practices and condemned the lack of accountability for violations involving Greek law enforcement personnel. “We urge Greece to take steps to ensure a transparent ... More >>

Widespread Use Of Rape & Sexual Violence By RSF In Sudan

Friday, 18 August 2023, 8:48 am | OHCHR

UN experts* today expressed alarm at reports of brutal and widespread use of rape and other forms of sexual violence by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) during the four-month-old internal armed conflict in the Republic of Sudan and called for an end to the ongoing ... More >>

Human Rights In The Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea

Friday, 18 August 2023, 8:46 am | OHCHR

This open debate is a welcome opportunity to reflect and act on the dire situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, not least as human rights underpin peace and security, humanitarian action, and development. Human suffering ... More >>

International Community Must Act To End Israel’s Annexation Of Occupied West Bank & Defend International Law

Thursday, 27 July 2023, 9:39 am | OHCHR

The international community must take steps to prevent Israel’s annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory or risk being seen as accepting the Israeli Government’s systematic violation of international law, UN experts said today. “Israel’s continuous ... More >>

Disproportionate Use Of Force Against Kenyan Protesters

Saturday, 15 July 2023, 9:43 am | OHCHR

The UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Friday said it was very concerned over reports of police in Kenya using excessive force to quell protests this week which have left dozens dead and injured. The demonstrations began over what many Kenyans view as ... More >>

Peru Violates Child Rape Victim’s Rights

Wednesday, 14 June 2023, 9:45 am | OHCHR

The UN Child Rights Committee found that Peru has violated the rights to health and life of an indigenous and rural girl victim of rape by failing to provide her with information and access to legal and safe abortion. The Committee published its ... More >>





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