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Israel/OPT: EU Must Weigh In To Ensure Accountability As Annexation Looms, Says UN Expert

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 1:23 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (26 June 2020) – A UN human rights expert has urged the European Union to use its “economic weight, diplomatic expertise and aid, trade and investment leverage” to forestall looming Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank and ... More >>

580 Killed In Central Mali So Far In 2020 As Security Worsens – Bachelet

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 10:53 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (26 June 2020) – 580 civilians have been killed so far this year in central Mali, as a deteriorating security situation and widespread impunity undermine efforts to protect civilians, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said ... More >>

UN Experts Urge India To Release Protest Leaders

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 10:37 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (26 June 2020) – UN experts* today called on India to immediately release human rights defenders who have been arrested for protesting against changes to the nation’s citizenship laws. “These defenders, many of them students, appear to ... More >>

COVID-19: Health Care Heroes Need Protection – UN Expert

Saturday, 28 March 2020, 12:37 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (27 March 2020) – States and businesses must urgently step up their efforts to ensure that health care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide receive adequate protective equipment, said Baskut Tuncak, UN Special Rapporteur on hazardous ... More >>

“An Immediate Human Rights Response To Counter The COVID-19 Is An Urgent Priority,” Says UN Expert

Saturday, 21 March 2020, 1:59 pm | UNHCHR

“An immediate human rights response to counter the COVID-19 and the global recession ahead is an urgent priority,” says UN expert GENEVA (20 March 2020) – The best response to a potential economic and social catastrophe provoked by the COVID-19 ... More >>

South Sudan: To Achieve Lasting Peace, Localized Violence Must End, Says Bachelet

Saturday, 21 March 2020, 1:57 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (20 March 2020) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today expressed serious concerns about the escalation in intercommunal violence in central and eastern South Sudan in the past month, urging State authorities to curb ... More >>

UN Torture Prevention Body Confirms Upcoming Visits And Issues Advice On Coronavirus

Saturday, 7 March 2020, 1:07 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (6 March 2020) — The UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has announced the visits it plans to undertake in the first half of 2020, including Argentina (9 to 20 March), Bulgaria (22 to 28 March), Australia (29 March to 9 April), Nauru ... More >>

Urgent Appeal To Egypt: UN Experts Call For Release Of Four Minors Facing Death Sentences

Saturday, 7 March 2020, 1:05 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (6 March 2020) – UN human rights experts* urge the Egyptian authorities to release four Egyptians minors who have been tried through a process tainted with credible allegations of torture to extract confessions and who are now facing death ... More >>

Coronavirus: Human Rights Need To Be Front And Centre In Response, Says Bachelet

Saturday, 7 March 2020, 12:26 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (6 March 2020) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday said it is essential that governments introducing measures to impede the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, undertake a range of additional actions to reduce ... More >>

Child Rights In The Pacific: UN Body Concludes Historic Session In Samoa

Saturday, 7 March 2020, 12:25 pm | UNHCHR

APIA (6 March 2020) — In an historic extraordinary outreach session, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child met government officials, UN agencies, civil society and children to discuss the situation of children’s rights in the Pacific. “For many ... More >>

Saudi Arabia: UN Women’s Rights Committee Urges Loujain Al-Hathloul’s Release From Detention

Saturday, 29 February 2020, 11:52 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (28 February 2020) – The UN women’s rights committee has urged Saudi Arabia to release human rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul from prolonged pre-trial detention and ensure without further delay her right to a fair trial. On 27 February ... More >>

Afghanistan: 10,000 Civilian Casualties For Sixth Straight Year

Sunday, 23 February 2020, 11:33 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA / KABUL (22 February 2020) - Parties to the conflict in Afghanistan killed and injured more than 10,000 civilians in 2019, according to a new United Nations report that describes continuing record-high levels of civilian harm in the ongoing ... More >>

UN Expert Applauds Database, Says Israeli Settlements Deprive Palestinians land Base

Saturday, 15 February 2020, 11:10 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (14 February 2020) – An independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council applauded the release of a database on business enterprises involved in certain activities relating to Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank “as ... More >>

Spain: High rates of poverty a political choice

Saturday, 8 February 2020, 12:07 pm | UNHCHR

MADRID (7 February 2020) – Spain is utterly failing people in poverty, whose situation now ranks among the worst in the EU, said the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, at the end of his official visit to the country. More >>

Briefing Notes: Syria; Nicaragua; Iraq

Saturday, 8 February 2020, 12:06 pm | UNHCHR

BRIEFING NOTES - (1) Syria; (2) Nicaragua; (3) Iraq Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Marta Hurtado Location: Geneva Date: 7 February 2020 Subject: 1) Syria 2) Nicaragua 3) Iraq 1) Syria We are deeply concerned by the sharp ... More >>

Italy: Food system exploits smallholder farmers and workers

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 12:12 pm | UNHCHR

Italy: Food system exploits smallholder farmers and workers - UN food expert ROME (31 January 2020) – Despite an estimated GDP of USD 2.84 trillion, world-renowned innovative businesses, a large agriculture sector and modern manufacturing capabilities, ... More >>

UN expert alarmed by ‘lopsided’ Trump plan

Saturday, 1 February 2020, 11:31 am | UNHCHR

GENEVA (31 January 2020) - The Trump plan on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a lopsided proposal entirely in favour of one side to the conflict, said Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian ... More >>

International Court of Justice: Myanmar

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:19 pm | UNHCHR

We welcome the Order by the International Court of Justice that Myanmar must take “all measures within its power” to protect the members of the Rohingya group from all future acts that may amount to genocide under the provisions of Article ... More >>

World Leprosy Day

Saturday, 25 January 2020, 1:18 pm | UNHCHR

World Leprosy Day: UN expert calls on States to end discrimination against affected women and children More >>

Syria: Bachelet condemns continued killings

Saturday, 18 January 2020, 12:40 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (17 January 2020) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet today condemned the continued killing and displacement of civilians in north-western Syria despite the announcement of a ceasefire nearly a week ago. More >>





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