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‘Crimes of historic proportions’ being committed in Aleppo, UN rights chief warns

21 October 2016 – Describing the bombardment and crippling siege of Syria’s war-ravaged eastern Aleppo as “crimes of historic proportions” the top United Nations rights official today urged the members of the UN Human Rights Council to “speak with one voice” in an effort to end the bloodshed.

Credible political transition remains ‘central issue’ in ending horrific Syrian conflict, says UN chief

20 October 2016 – Stressing that the Syrian conflict “continues to reach new and awful depths,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed Russia’s latest unilateral announcement of a humanitarian pause to the bombing in war-raved eastern Aleppo, but emphasized that the nationwide ceasefire must be revived.

UN human rights expert calls upon Afghan Government to urgently address displacement crisis

20 October 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) today urged the Government of Afghanistan and the international community to strengthen efforts and collaboration in order to support the increasing number of people who are leaving their homes due to a deteriorating security situation within the country.

Free expression under worldwide assault, UN human rights expert warns in new report

20 October 2016 – Warning that the freedom of expression is under the widespread assault, a new United Nations human rights report has found that governments worldwide, wielding the tools of censorship, are “treating words as weapons.”

Sri Lanka: UN rights expert urges Government to take concrete steps to protect minorities

20 October 2016 – In her first information-gathering visit to Sri Lanka, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, stressed the importance of renewed support for minority rights by the Government, including a plan for specific and urgent measures.

Investing in 10-year-old girls will yield huge demographic payoff towards Global Goals – UN

20 October 2016 – If all of the ten-year-old girls living in developing countries that currently drop out of or do not attend school were to complete their secondary education, it would lead to an additional $21 billion per year, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) revealed today in its annual State of the World Population Report.

UN experts concerned about situation of jailed anti-slavery activists in Mauritania

19 October 2016 – Voicing serious concern over recent intensified crackdown by the Mauritanian Government on the imprisoned anti-slavery activists, a group of United Nations human rights experts today urged the authorities to ensure a fair hearing and provide needed medical treatment for the detainees.

India: UN experts urge release of prominent human rights defender after month-long detention

19 October 2016 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of India to immediately release a prominent human rights defender who was arrested last month while on his way UN human rights meetings in Geneva, and has since remained under preventive detention.

UN Assembly marks fiftieth anniversary of key human rights covenants, ‘bedrock of sound governance’

19 October 2016 – With violent extremism on the rise and waves of intolerance and hate targeting minorities, migrants and the most vulnerable, the international community must renew efforts to uphold its human rights treaties, the United Nations General Assembly heard this morning.

INTERVIEW: 'A surge in the diplomacy for peace would be my priority' – UN Secretary-General-designate

19 October 2016 – On 13 October 2016, the UN General Assembly appointed, by acclamation, the former Foreign Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December.