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Belarus: execution shows ‘callous disdain’ for international human rights law – UN experts

13 May 2016 – United Nations human rights experts today condemned Belarus’ continued use of the death penalty following reports that a man whose complaint was before the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) had been executed, despite a specific request from the Committee for a stay of execution.


Paris accord faces ‘first test’ at meeting on climate adaptation funding – UN rights expert

13 May 2016 – The signatories to the 2015 Paris Agreement face the first test of their commitment when they meet in Bonn, Germany, next week to negotiate a new mechanism to fund climate adaptation projects, which often displaced indigenous and other communities, a United Nations human rights expert said today.


UN rights office urges Gambia to release detained protesters

13 May 2016 – Expressing deep concern about the situation of dozens of protesters who were arrested during a peaceful rally on 14 and 16 April in the Gambian capital of Banjul, the United Nations human rights arm today urged the Government to release all those who have been detained for simply having exercised their rights to freedom of expression, opinion and assembly.


UN calls for closer cooperation with African organizations for sustaining peace

12 May 2016 – Stronger partnerships between the United Nations and African regional and sub-regional organizations are necessary to sustain the momentum for peacebuilding in Africa and prevent a lapse into violent conflict, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today, calling for greater efforts to reinforce initiatives and define the parameters of cooperation.


Security Council requests UN panel to propose global framework on countering terrorist propaganda

11 May 2016 – Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today requested its main counter-terrorism subsidiary body to present a proposal by 30 April 2017 for a comprehensive international framework on the matter.


In Madagascar, Ban calls for end to corruption, reports on ‘alarming’ cost of hunger

11 May 2016 – During his visit to Madagascar today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Malagasy parliamentarians to end the corruption that has weakened their society, while launching a report on the cost of hunger in the island nation.


UN human rights panel condemns civilian attacks in Syria; calls for accountability

11 May 2016 – Strongly condemning recent attacks on civilians, hospitals and clinics, and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry today called on all parties to cease the unlawful attacks and return to a full cessation of hostilities.


'Alarming' reports of major violations in south-east Turkey – UN rights chief

10 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today reported having received a succession of alarming reports about violations allegedly committed by Turkish military and security forces in south-east Turkey over the past few months, and urged the Turkish authorities to give independent investigators, including UN staff, unimpeded access to the area to verify the veracity of such reports.


UN experts urge Sri Lanka to adopt measures to fight torture and strengthen justice system

10 May 2016 – Two United Nations experts have urged the Government of Sri Lanka to replace the legal framework that allowed human rights violations to occur and to establish democratic institutions in line with international human rights standards.


UN must 'champion change' to become more relevant and better able to tackle today's challenges

10 May 2016 – To respond to both current and future threats to world peace and security, the United Nations must become more relevant, credible, legitimate and capable, by taking concrete steps that include finding political solutions to sustain peace, fostering partnerships for building prosperous and stable societies, and tackling terrorism and preventing violent extremism, the President of the UN General Assembly said today.