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108 stories found over the past 45 days
Rwandan genocide: Security Council told failure of political will led to ‘cascade of human tragedy’

16 April 2014 – The Security Council today marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by calling on all countries to recommit to prevent and fight such serious crimes, as a senior United Nations official warned that many of today’s conflicts reveal that protection of populations from atrocities remains “lagging and elusive.”


Argentine jail conditions violated rights of prisoner with disabilities, UN panel finds

16 April 2014 – A United Nations human rights panel said today that Argentine authorities failed to ensure that a prisoner with disabilities was able to use prison facilities and services on an equal basis with other detainees, and urged them to take steps to rectify the situation.


UN rights expert urges United Kingdom to step up response to violence against women

16 April 2014 – Violence against women remains a pervasive challenge in the United Kingdom and a more comprehensive and targeted response is needed to address the scourge, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today after a two-week mission to the country.


In Mexico, Ban urges renewed global partnership for development in address to aid forum

15 April 2014 – With the deadline for the globally agreed development targets fast approaching, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a renewed global partnership to advance sustainable development and a life of dignity for all.


UN rights expert urges Israel to prevent takeover of West Bank building by settlers

15 April 2014 – An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over Al-Rajabi House, a building in the West Bank city of Hebron that was built by Palestinian families but whose ownership was granted to the settlers after a protracted legal battle.


Ukraine: UN rights office urges halt to propaganda, incitement to hatred

15 April 2014 – While corruption and widespread inequality were among the root causes of the massive street protests that erupted last year in Ukraine, the fear-mongering and incitement to hatred that have followed must be urgently countered to avoid further escalation of tensions in the country, states a United Nations human rights report issued today.


Iran: UN rights expert urges immediate halt to woman’s execution

14 April 2014 – A United Nations independent expert has issued a strong call on the Government of Iran to halt tomorrow’s scheduled execution of an Iranian woman said to be the victim of physical and sexual assault, seriously concerned that she did not receive a fair trial.


World must help people of Central African Republic ‘not tomorrow – today,’ declares UN chief

14 April 2014 – More than 70,000 people are now living in horrendous conditions crammed into the Central African Republic (CAR) Bangui airport – the lucky ones under weather-beaten tarps just yards from the runway. Others are in the open.


Nepal: UN official concerned at new attempt to grant amnesties for human rights abuses

14 April 2014 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today voiced grave concern at a bill presented to the Nepalese Parliament which could lead to amnesties for serious human rights violations, saying it would weaken the foundation for a genuine peace in the country.


UN rights chief condemns rampant use of torture by Syrian forces, opposition groups

14 April 2014 – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the rampant use of torture, including allegedly of children, in detention facilities across Syria by Government forces and some armed opposition groups.


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