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Syria: After week of ‘horrific’ incidents, UNICEF calls for end to all violence against children

21 July 2016 – In a week marked by the brutal on-camera murder of a 12-year-old boy in Aleppo and the killing of more than 20 children killed during air strikes in Manbij, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for an immediate end to all forms of violence against children in Syria and urged all parties to the conflict there to make every effort to avoid the loss of civilian lives.


South Sudan: UN human rights expert calls for the release of journalist Alfred Taban

21 July 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of South Sudan to immediately release Alfred Taban, a prominent journalist and chief editor of the daily English newspaper, Juba Monitor.


UN rights chief 'deeply troubled' by conviction of land reform activists in Paraguay

20 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today expressed concern over the recent ruling by the Court in Paraguay that convicted 11 land reform protestors, calling on the country's authorities to take urgent measures to ensure fair, independent investigations and guarantee access to justice.


UN rights office raises concern about Israel's 'NGO Transparency Law'

19 July 2016 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed concern about the so-called “NGO Transparency law” in Israel, saying it would disproportionately affect non-governmental organizations working on human rights and contribute to their de-legitimization.


UN rights office urges Bahrain to review dissolution of opposition party

19 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep regret over a Bahraini court decision to dissolve Al Wefaq, the country's largest opposition group, and urged the country's authorities to review the latest and other bans on organizations that were peacefully exercising their rights.


UN human rights chief urges Turkey to uphold rule of law in response to attempted coup

19 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today called on Turkish authorities to respond to the attempted military coup on Friday by reinforcing the protection of human rights and strengthening democratic institutions and checks and balances.