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UN rights expert deplores conviction of tax whistleblowers in LuxLeaks trial

30 June 2016 – A United Nations independent human rights expert today deplored the conviction of two whistleblowers who revealed how tax avoidance and tax evasion occurred in Luxembourg banks in the so-called LuxLeaks scandal.


Feature: Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover calls out racism, Afrophobia in the Americas

30 June 2016 – The international community must increase its commitment to fighting Afrophobia and discrimination against people of African descent, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and actor Danny Glover has said, speaking during the International Decade for People of African Descent.


UN expert urges Moldova to introduce multilingual education, bolster unity among ethnic groups

30 June 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert has called on the Government of the Republic of Moldova to further promote linguistic rights of minorities, introduce multilingual education, and strengthen the unity between various population groups in the country.


Situation in Ukraine remains ‘volatile,’ warns senior UN human rights official

29 June 2016 – Unless urgent action is taken in Ukraine to separate sides and remove heavy weaponry, wide spread hostilities in the country could re-escalate, a senior United Nations human rights official today warned.


Security Council extends mandates of UN peacekeeping operations in Darfur, Golan and Mali

29 June 2016 – The Security Council took action today on three United Nations-led peacekeeping operations, extending the mandates of operations in Mali, Darfur, and the Golan Heights.


Ban urges financial support for Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

29 June 2016 – Unless more governments in the Americas contribute to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, its invaluable work will come to a halt, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said.


UN expert calls for context-specific strategies to counter xenophobia in migration crisis

28 June 2016 – A United Nations expert today urged the world body’s Human Rights Council to address xenophobia and its conceptualization, trends and manifestations in the context of an acute migration crisis, and with an action plan “carefully adapted to domestic realities.”


UN rights expert applauds media initiative to shine light on homelessness in San Francisco

28 June 2016 – The United Nations human rights expert on housing today commended a large media initiative in the US city of San Francisco aimed at bringing the issue of homelessness to the forefront of discussions and encourage civil engagement.


In Kuwait, Ban urges Yemeni delegations in peace talks to find lasting solution to end conflict

26 June 2016 – In Kuwait today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern over the situation in Yemen, urging the delegations involved in the UN-supported Yemeni peace talks to prevent a further deterioration of the situation and arrive at a comprehensive agreement ending the conflict.


On Day Against Drug Abuse, Ban calls for 'effective, compassionate' global response

26 June 2016 – Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, United Nations Secretary-General today called for “a global response that is simultaneously effective, compassionate and humane,” to the challenges posed by the world drug problem.