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UN rights chief welcomes release of 83 prisoners in Myanmar

19 April 2016 – The United Nations rights chief today welcomed the release of a second wave of 83 prisoners on Myanmar's New Year last Sunday, by Presidential amnesty.


Torture and illegal detention on the rise in Burundi – UN rights chief

18 April 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today warned of a “sharp increase in the use of torture and ill-treatment in Burundi” and voiced concerns about worrying reports of the existence of illegal detention facilities, both in Bujumbura and in the countryside.


Afghanistan: children increasingly struggle to access health care and education, UN reports

18 April 2016 – Conflict-related violence in Afghanistan has harmed health and education personnel, reduced the availability of health care and limited children’s access to essential health and education services, the United Nations said in a new report released today.


Gambia: Ban calls for release of detained protesters after death of opposition members

17 April 2016 – Concerned about the apparent use of excessive force on peaceful demonstrators in Gambia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those arrested during Thursday's protest.