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Iran: Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Must Be Freed For Treatment, Say UN Experts

Saturday, 26 September 2020, 8:53 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN independent experts expressed alarm at human rights lawyer and woman human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh’s return to Evin Prison in Iran this week despite her deteriorating health condition, and called for her immediate release. “It is unfathomable ... More >>

UN Human Rights Experts: Belarus Must Release Opposition Leader Maria Kalesnikava

Saturday, 26 September 2020, 8:51 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts* today called on Belarus to release prominent opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava, and to bring to justice those responsible for her enforced disappearance. They expressed serious concern at what appears to be systematic targeting ... More >>

Mali Coup Leaders Must Immediately Release Detained Former Officials, Says UN Expert

Thursday, 24 September 2020, 7:28 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

A UN human rights expert today called on Mali’s coup leaders to release former government officials detained for more than a month. “There is no legal basis for detention of the former prime minister, the former president of the National Assembly, ... More >>

UN Experts Condemn Jail Sentence Against Algerian Journalist And Call For His Release

Thursday, 17 September 2020, 9:19 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts* today condemned the prison sentence handed down on appeal to an Algerian journalist and human rights defender, Khaled Drareni who has become a symbol of press freedom in the North African country. They called on Algerian authorities ... More >>

COVID-19 Could Push Millions Into Exploitation Or Slavery, UN Expert Warns

Thursday, 17 September 2020, 9:04 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

COVID-19 risks pushing millions of children, women and men into contemporary forms of slavery and other forms of exploitation unless governments act now to protect them, a UN human rights expert warned today. “Historical levels of underemployment ... More >>

Switzerland’s New 'Terrorism' Definition Sets A Dangerous Precedent, UN Human Rights Experts Warn

Saturday, 12 September 2020, 7:38 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Switzerland’s draft anti-terrorism legislation violates international human rights standards by expanding the definition of terrorism, and would set a dangerous precedent for the suppression of political dissent worldwide, UN human rights experts warned ... More >>

COVID-19: UN Poverty Expert Says Social Protection Measures “Full Of Holes”, Urges Global Rethink

Saturday, 12 September 2020, 5:59 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The UN’s independent expert on extreme poverty said in a report published today that while governments have adopted more than 1,400 social protection measures since the outbreak of COVID-19 they were largely insufficient, and warned the worst impacts ... More >>

UN Human Rights Experts Urge Mali To End Slavery Once And For All

Thursday, 10 September 2020, 7:50 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts today called on authorities in Mali to end slavery once and for all after four men regarded as born into slavery were beaten to death and an 80-year-old woman and two other people were seriously injured last week. "Nothing ... More >>

UN Experts: Pakistan Must End Enforced Disappearance Of Human Rights Defender

Sunday, 6 September 2020, 7:02 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts* today called on the Pakistani authorities to end the secret detention of human rights defender Idris Khattak, who has not been heard from in more than nine months. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the enforced ... More >>

UN Human Rights Experts Welcome Qatar’s Improvement Of Migrant Rights

Friday, 4 September 2020, 7:38 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

New laws just passed in Qatar should effectively dismantle Qatar’s restrictive “kafala” labour sponsorship scheme and protect migrant workers from exploitation, if effectively enforced, two UN human rights experts said today. The measures, signed ... More >>

Turkish Human Rights Lawyer Dies After Hunger Strike

Thursday, 3 September 2020, 7:50 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The death of Turkish human rights lawyer Ebru Timtik after a long hunger strike was entirely preventable, UN human rights experts said today, calling on Turkey to release other human rights defenders. “No one should have to die in pursuit of ... More >>

UN Human Rights Experts: Belarus Must Stop Torturing Protesters And Prevent Enforced Disappearances

Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 7:13 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts today called on Belarus to stop torturing detainees and bring to justice police officers who reportedly have been humiliating and beating protesters in their custody with impunity. They also urged the authorities to fully ... More >>

UN Experts Launch Ground-breaking Guidance On Access To Justice For People With Disabilities

Saturday, 29 August 2020, 7:04 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Lawmakers, lawyers, judges and prison officers today received much-needed support from UN experts to make sure people with disabilities can use justice systems around the world as easily as anyone else, in line with international standards. The three ... More >>

'Lasting Peace In Central African Republic Requires Commitment Of All Sides To Free Elections'

Friday, 28 August 2020, 7:31 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Exactly four months ahead of 27 December elections in the Central African Republic, the UN’s Independent expert on human rights in that country has called on all sides – with the support of the international community – to ensure the vote can go ... More >>

UN Rights Experts Call On Chile To Drop Criminal Charges Against Influential Feminist Artistic Group

Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 7:24 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Chile should drop criminal charges against a feminist group of human rights defenders whose performance art has inspired women protestors around the world, UN human rights experts* said today. “The artistic and feminist group Las Tesis has been key in ... More >>

Imprisoned Human Rights Defenders In Egypt At Grave Risk Of COVID-19, Say UN Human Rights Experts

Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 7:15 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Lengthy and unnecessary pre-trial detention of scores of Egyptian human rights defenders is putting them at grave and unnecessary risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, UN human rights experts* said today. “There are credible allegations that some Egyptian ... More >>

Jordan: UN Experts Call For Release Of Labour Union Officials From Detention, Lifting Of Gag Orders

Thursday, 20 August 2020, 8:20 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts* today called on Jordan to reverse its decision to close a teachers’ union, free its board members from detention and lift gag orders that have prohibited any public discussion of the case. “The actions of the Jordanian ... More >>

Ban Evictions During COVID-19 Pandemic, UN Expert Urges

Wednesday, 19 August 2020, 7:22 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

Warning of an impending tsunami of evictions, the UN’s expert on housing rights today called on governments around the world to halt all evictions until the COVID-19 pandemic ends. “I am alarmed at the global increase in forced evictions,” said ... More >>

Belarus Must Stop Attacking Peaceful Protesters, UN Human Rights Experts Say

Friday, 14 August 2020, 7:33 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

UN human rights experts* today strongly criticised Belarus for police violence against peaceful protesters and journalists and large scale detention following a controversial presidential election, and called on the international community to put pressure ... More >>

UN Human Rights Experts Call For Justice And Accountability In Response To Beirut Explosion

Friday, 14 August 2020, 7:28 am | UN Special Procedures - Human Rights

The colossal deadly explosion in Beirut on 4 August requires a prompt and independent investigation that underscores international human rights obligations, clarifies responsibilities related to the explosion, and leads to justice and accountability, ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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