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Ending Poverty By 2030 Now A Fading Dream, Says UN Expert

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 7:35 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The global COVID-19 pandemic has pushed more than 250 million people to the brink of starvation and dashed hopes of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030, a UN expert says in a report published today. The report, to be presented to the UN Human Rights ... More >>

The World Must Change The Way Mental Health Challenges Are Addressed, UN Expert Says

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 7:22 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

A UN human rights expert has urged States, the civil society, psychiatric organisations, and the World Health Organisation to change the way we understand and respond to mental health challenges. “I welcome the international recognition of mental health, ... More >>

Iran: UN Rights Experts Condemn Secret Execution Of Kurdish Political Prisoner

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 5:13 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts today expressed outrage at reports of Iran’s secret execution of Hedayat Abdollahpour, a member of the Kurdish minority in the country. The execution reportedly took place on 11 May in a military base in Oshnavieh, West Azerbaijan ... More >>

Pakistan: UN Experts Appalled By The Enforced Disappearance Of Activist Idris Khattak

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 7:17 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts welcomed today the disclosure by the Pakistani Government of the whereabouts of Idris Khattak, a leading human rights defender who went missing last year, yet strongly condemned his enforced disappearance. Khattak was last seen ... More >>

UN Experts Call For Decisive Measures To Protect Fundamental Freedoms In China

Saturday, 27 June 2020, 4:50 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN independent experts have repeatedly communicated with the Government of the People’s Republic of China their alarm regarding the repression of fundamental freedoms in China. They have denounced the repression of protest and democracy advocacy in the ... More >>

US Attacks Against The International Criminal Court A Threat To Judicial Independence – UN Experts

Friday, 26 June 2020, 6:56 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The unprecedented decision by the United States Government to target and sanction individual staff of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a direct attack to the institution’s judicial independence and could undermine victims’ access to ... More >>

COVID-19 Has Exacerbated Historical Neglect Of Dignified Mental Health Care: UN Expert

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 7:29 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed decades of neglect and underinvestment in mental health care, an independent UN expert said today, calling for the ultimate elimination of closed psychiatric institutions where the impact has been more severe. “COVID-19 ... More >>

Israeli Annexation Of Parts Of Palestinian West Bank Would Break International Law – UN Experts

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 7:16 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The agreement by the new coalition Government of Israel to annex significant parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank after 1 July would violate a cornerstone principle of international law and must be meaningfully opposed by the international community, ... More >>

Philippines: UN Expert Decries Conviction Of Journalists, Urges Reversal

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 6:48 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The UN independent expert on freedom of expression has condemned a Philippine court’s conviction of journalist Maria Ressa, saying the nation’s higher courts had a responsibility to reverse the verdict. “The conviction marks a new low in the Philippines’ protection ... More >>

UN Experts Condemn Crackdown On Peaceful Protests And Highlight Calls To Overhaul Policing In US

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 8:01 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN independent human rights experts* today condemned the violent crackdown on widespread peaceful protests after police in Minneapolis killed African American George Floyd. They also urged the implementation of strong measures to eradicate racial discrimination ... More >>

COVID-19 Measures Must Be Grounded First And Foremost On The Right To Health

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 7:39 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The COVID-19 pandemic has put immense pressure on public health systems around the world, and States must ensure the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health are met as they respond to the crisis, a UN expert* said today. “Physical ... More >>

Fukushima: Japan Must Not Ignore Human Rights Obligations On Nuclear Waste Disposal – UN Experts

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 6:56 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts* today urged the Japanese Government to delay any decision on the ocean-dumping of nuclear waste water from the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi until after the COVID-19 crisis has passed and proper international consultations ... More >>

UN Experts Condemn Modern-day Racial Terror Lynchings In US And Call For Systemic Reform And Justice

Saturday, 6 June 2020, 8:08 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

A group of independent UN human rights experts today called on the United States Government to take decisive action to address systemic racism and racial bias in the country’s criminal justice system by launching independent investigations and ... More >>

Belarus Must Stop Crackdown To Silence Opposing Views – UN Experts

Saturday, 6 June 2020, 8:05 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts today expressed serious concern about an intensified crackdown on civil society in Belarus, saying the country’s government must protect the right to freedom of expression and stop silencing critical voices. In May, at least 195 ... More >>

Urgent Help For India’s Forgotten Migrant Workers Must Follow Supreme Court Ruling, Say UN Experts

Friday, 5 June 2020, 7:07 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN experts said today the Indian Government must urgently comply with a Supreme Court order to ensure the wellbeing of more than 100 million internal migrant workers suffering hardship after COVID-19 measures forced them to travel long distances home, ... More >>

Make Transformative Changes To Protect Environment Or Endure Incalculable Suffering – UN Expert

Friday, 5 June 2020, 6:41 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, David Boyd, says transformative actions are urgently required to protect the environment and human rights, and address the drivers of climate disruption, biodiversity loss, toxic pollution ... More >>

Malaysia / COVID-19: “Stop Crackdown On Migrants, Journalists And Civil Society” – UN Rights Experts

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 6:15 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The government of Malaysia must halt an ongoing crackdown on migrants, journalists and civil society in the context of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and strongly oppose xenophobia and hate speech against migrants, UN experts said today. “I am ... More >>

'COVID-19 Is Devastating Indigenous Communities Worldwide, And It’s Not Only About Health'

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 7:15 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, José Francisco Cali Tzay, today expressed serious concerns over the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on indigenous peoples beyond the health threat. “I am receiving ... More >>

States Must Include LGBT Community In COVID-19 Response: The How And Why From A UN Expert

Friday, 15 May 2020, 7:55 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Governments worldwide must ensure COVID-19 emergency measures do not worsen inequalities or structural barriers faced by people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, or lead to increased violence and discrimination against them, a UN expert ... More >>

Human Rights: A Media Guide To The New UN Independent Experts (2020)

Friday, 8 May 2020, 6:44 pm | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

GENEVA (8 May 2020) – The United Nations Human Rights Council appointed in March, at its 43d session, 12 new independent experts to its fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms. Currently, there are 56 mandates: 44 thematic ones and 12 mandates related ... More >>