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UN rights office urges Gambia to release detained protesters

13 May 2016 – Expressing deep concern about the situation of dozens of protesters who were arrested during a peaceful rally on 14 and 16 April in the Gambian capital of Banjul, the United Nations human rights arm today urged the Government to release all those who have been detained for simply having exercised their rights to freedom of expression, opinion and assembly.


In Madagascar, Ban calls for end to corruption, reports on ‘alarming’ cost of hunger

11 May 2016 – During his visit to Madagascar today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Malagasy parliamentarians to end the corruption that has weakened their society, while launching a report on the cost of hunger in the island nation.


UN experts urge Sri Lanka to adopt measures to fight torture and strengthen justice system

10 May 2016 – Two United Nations experts have urged the Government of Sri Lanka to replace the legal framework that allowed human rights violations to occur and to establish democratic institutions in line with international human rights standards.


Protection of schools essential to boost access to education in Africa – UN envoy

10 May 2016 – Protecting schools from attacks and military use is essential to ensuring access to education for all children in Africa, a United Nations child rights envoy said today, urging world leaders to use the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit as an opportunity to generate new commitments to ensure that conflict does not mean the end of learning for millions of children.


Egypt: UN experts report worsening crackdown on protest

09 May 2016 – Three United Nations human rights experts today urged the Egyptian Government to put an end to the disproportionate reactions against the exercise of the rights to assembly and expression in the country.


In Seychelles, Ban calls for global action on climate change and easing humanitarian suffering

08 May 2016 – Small States like Seychelles have served as a “magnifying lens” for many issues that all nations must face, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the National Assembly today, calling for the archipelago's continued support as the UN tackles three critical challenges: climate change, global sustainability and easing humanitarian suffering.


FEATURE: Central African Republic’s Parliament seated after UN support for polls

06 May 2016 – The top United Nations official in the Central African Republic (CAR) met this week with the new National Assembly, which took office after a series of successful elections supported by UN peacekeepers in the country.


UN expert warns combat against violent extremism could be used as ‘excuse’ to curb free speech

03 May 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today signalled concern that efforts to counter “violent extremism” may be construed as the “perfect excuse” for democratic and authoritarian governments to restrict free expression and control access to information.


On World Day, UN highlights link between press freedom and development

03 May 2016 – Top United Nations officials today highlighted the dependency of human rights, democratic societies and sustainable development on the free flow of information and press freedom, stressing that these fundamental rights are vital in providing information to citizens around the world and for progress itself.


On anniversary of UN-backed treaty banning nuclear tests, Ban reiterates call to action

27 April 2016 – Marking the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that instead of a celebration, the occasion is a call to action on the work that remains to be done to end nuclear testing and continue on an environmentally sustainable path.