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‘Actions by States are increasingly transnational,’ UN expert warns, stressing prohibition against torture

20 October 2015 – The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Méndez today urged governments across the world not to allow a vacuum of human rights protection even when they act beyond their borders, saying “torture is torture here, there and everywhere.”

UN rights experts call for release of Qatari poet jailed for writing and reciting poem

20 October 2015 – United Nations human rights experts today urged the Government of Qatar to release Mohammed al-Ajami, a poet who is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for writing and reciting a poem at his home.

Guinea Bissau’s justice system has serious dysfunctions, warns UN human rights expert

19 October 2015 – While the situation of justice in Guinea-Bissau is ‘sad’ and ‘terrible,’ the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyer today noted as positive the Supreme Court ruling this year that declared unconstitutional the appointment of the nation’s prime minister.

Global event to turn world 'UN blue' to mark 70th anniversary of United Nations

19 October 2015 – Ahead of UN Day, marked annually on 24 October, the United Nations announced today that around 200 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks in nearly 60 countries around the world will be lit up blue – the official colour of the Organization – as part of a global campaign to commemorate its 70th anniversary.