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UN human rights office ‘deeply troubled’ by arrest of social media activist in Bahrain

18 March 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today said it is deeply troubled by the arrest on Monday in Bahrain of the social media activist and human rights defender, Zainab Al Khawaja, who was detained along with her one-and-a-half year old son.

INTERVIEW: A fate shaped by injustice – one man’s mission to help the women of DR Congo

18 March 2016 – Dubbed by the press as “the man who mends women,” Dr. Mukwege has gained international recognition for his work and earned many prestigious distinctions, including the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 2008 and the Sakharov prize in 2014. At 59, he has also been shortlisted several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ban says he holds all senior UN officials responsible for addressing sexual exploitation or abuse

18 March 2016 – Speaking with senior United Nations officials who are preparing to be deployed to field missions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he holds them all responsible for helping to address sexual exploitation or abuse, and for helping to create a 'zero-tolerance' culture.

In wake of another deadly attack in Yemen, UN human rights chief decries Coalition airstrikes

18 March 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the repeated failure of the Coalition to effectively prevent civilian casualties in airstrikes and to publish transparent, independent investigations into those that have already occurred in Yemen.

Cambodia: UN rights expert launches fact-finding mission on women and indigenous peoples

17 March 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today announced she will be visiting the country Monday to assess the enjoyment of rights by women and indigenous peoples in the country.

‘Alarmed’ over violence in South Sudan, Security Council sets out steps for implementation of peace deal

17 March 2016 – While noting that the ceasefire between South Sudan’s warring factions has “largely held,” the United Nations Security Council today said it was deeply alarmed by ongoing violence in the country and set out specific steps for the parties to take towards full implementation of a seven-month–old peace deal, saying it would review their progress by the end of the month.

Addressing violent extremism ‘urgent human rights priority,’ warns UN chief

17 March 2016 – Top United Nations officials today urged the international community to develop effective, rights-based responses to violent extremism by examining its drivers and shifting away from the “security only” approach to dealing with the scourge.

UN chief condemns double suicide bombing in north-east Nigeria

17 March 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday’s double suicide attacks in Maiduguri in Nigeria’s restive Borno state by suspected Boko Haram elements, which left 20 people dead and many injured.