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Life-Saving Action for Refugees in Medical Need Welcomed

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 2:02 pm | UNHCR

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the action taken by the Parliament of Australia today to address critical medical needs of refugees and asylum-seekers under Australia's 'offshore processing'. More >>

Iran must protect women’s rights advocates – UN experts

Friday, 30 November 2018, 10:52 am | UNHCR

GENEVA (29 November 2018) – UN human rights experts* have called on Iran to guarantee the rights of human rights defenders and lawyers who have been jailed for publicly supporting protests against the mandatory wearing of the hijab in Iran. More >>

UN expert urges G20 to tackle global housing crisis

Friday, 30 November 2018, 10:50 am | UNHCR

GENEVA (29 November 2018) – A UN expert has urged leaders of the world’s major economies meeting for the annual G20 summit to tackle the unresolved global housing crisis that is depriving millions of a basic human right. More >>

30 Articles of the UDHR - Article 20: Freedom of Assembly

Friday, 30 November 2018, 10:49 am | UNHCR

From student occupations of universities in Paris in 1968 to the Arab Spring of 2011, mass demonstrations have been the way people demand social change. Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), combined with Article 19’s freedom ... More >>

UNHCR Appeals for Urgent Medical Intervention by Australia

Friday, 30 November 2018, 10:48 am | UNHCR

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, calls for immediate action by the Parliament of Australia to address the continuing medical crisis under “offshore processing” arrangements in Papua New Guinea and Nauru today. As the healthcare situation of refugees and ... More >>

Surveillance, big data and open data: UN Privacy Agenda

Saturday, 21 October 2017, 1:13 pm | UNHCR

NEW YORK (20 October 2017) –Governments must not release any personal data under open data schemes unless privacy safeguards are “bulletproof”, a UN expert on privacy has told the General Assembly in New York. More >>

Myanmar: UN rights expert urges restraint

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 12:31 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (11 August 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert has expressed alarm over reports that an army battalion has flown into Rakhine State in western Myanmar to help local authorities boost security in the region. More >>

Venezuela sanctions would worsen plight of suffering people

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 12:30 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (11 August 2017) – Sanctions are not the answer to the growing crisis in Venezuela and the international community should not impose them, United Nations Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy has said. More >>

Release of Canadian pastor in North Korea

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 12:29 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (11 August 2017) – A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed the release of Canadian Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, who had been detained in North Korea since February 2015. “I am delighted by Pastor Lim’s release from prison on humanitarian ... More >>

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Gaza

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 12:28 pm | UNHCR

We are deeply concerned about the steady deterioration in the humanitarian conditions and the protection of human rights in Gaza. More >>

Iran execution of a young man sentenced as a child

Friday, 11 August 2017, 8:28 pm | UNHCR

UN rights expert outraged at Iran execution of a young man sentenced as a child More >>

Venezuela: Concern at potential for repression

Saturday, 15 July 2017, 1:38 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (14 July 2017) – Venezuelan authorities must ensure compliance with international human rights standards during an unofficial public vote on President Nicolás Maduro’s planned constitutional changes on Sunday 16 July, a United Nations expert has stressed. More >>

Correction to news reports appearing in Qatari media

Saturday, 1 July 2017, 3:41 pm | UNHCR

Correction to news reports appearing in Qatari media GENEVA (30 June 2017) - The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday that it regrets the appearance of inaccurate accounts in Qatari media of a meeting held on Thursday between ... More >>

Africa Needs to Work Closer Together on Climate Action

Saturday, 1 July 2017, 3:40 pm | UNHCR

Africa Needs to Work Closer Together on Climate Action and Sustainable Development Key Conclusions of Africa Carbon Forum 2017 Growing Importance of Cities and Business in Implementation of Paris Agreement Press release available on-line in English: ... More >>

UNHRC - Yemen - Mosul mosque and minaret

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:14 pm | UNHCR

(1) Yemen The UN Human Rights Office in Yemen continues to document reports of civilian casualties as a result of the conflict. Over the past month, we have been able to verify a total of 49 civilian deaths. More >>

States’ duties don’t end at the national borders

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:12 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (23 June 2017) – States should control corporations across national borders to protect communities from the negative impacts of their activities, UN human rights experts have said in an authoritative new guidance * on the Obligations of States ... More >>

Zeid welcomes international investigation into Kasais

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:11 pm | UNHCR

DRC: High Commissioner Zeid welcomes creation of international investigation into Kasais GENEVA (23 June 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday said the creation of an international investigation into allegations ... More >>

Ending torture needs fresh commitment from every UN Member

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:09 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (23 June 2017) – At a time when the absolute prohibition of torture is often challenged in the name of national security across the globe, a group of UN human rights experts* strongly reaffirms that the practice of torture is a severe violation ... More >>

EU needs greater focus on human rights impact of sanctions

Saturday, 24 June 2017, 6:08 pm | UNHCR

BRUSSELS / GENEVA (23 June 2017) - The European Union has made progress in ensuring its sanctions allow for legal challenges and don’t harm human rights, but more work remains to be done, a UN rights expert has concluded after his first official ... More >>

UN rights expert visits Sudan

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10:06 pm | UNHCR

GENEVA (9 May 2017) – United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, will carry out his fourth mission to the country from 11 to 21 May to continue his engagement with the Sudanese authorities and discuss ... More >>



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