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State-owned enterprises must be ‘role model’ in respecting human rights – UN report

17 June 2016 – A United Nations expert group today said that State-owned enterprises must lead by example in respecting human rights, noting that Governments often ask private businesses to respect human rights, but forget to mind their own business.


In Russia, Ban spotlights leadership and shared input in advancing global commitments

16 June 2016 – Participating in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the importance of translating the various landmark agreements made by the international community during the past year into action as soon as possible.


UN human rights panel concludes ISIL is committing genocide against Yazidis

16 June 2016 – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) [also known as ISIL and Da'esh] is committing genocide against Yazidis that amounts to crimes against humanity and war crimes, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry reported today.


UN rights experts urge India to repeal law restricting civil society access to foreign funding

16 June 2016 – Three United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of India to repeal a regulation that has been increasingly used to obstruct civil society's access to foreign funding.


Colombia: UN experts urge protection of Afro-Colombian communities against elevating violence

15 June 2016 – Distressed over reports of violence against people of African descent in Colombia, a United Nations expert panel has called on the authorities to take concrete and urgent measures to protect the country’s Afro-Colombian communities.


On World Day, Ban calls for ending elder abuse as a pathway towards Global Goals

15 June 2016 – Marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized that ending neglect, abuse and violence against older people is crucial as the international community continues to work together towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and fulfil their underlying pledge to leave no one behind.


States must do more to safeguard adolescent health rights – UN expert

15 June 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on States to remove all legal barriers to access health facilities, goods and services interfering with the rights of adolescents to be heard and taken seriously, and that limit their right to make autonomous decisions.


First-ever UN forum on albinism in Africa to focus on 'less talk, more action'

15 June 2016 – The first-ever United Nations-sponsored regional forum for Action on Albinism in Africa will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 17 to 19 June to develop specific measures to tackle the attacks and discrimination faced by persons with albinism in several countries in the region.


‘Disability is not inability,’ says Ban, urging equal rights for all to achieve Global Goals

14 June 2016 – Marking the 10th anniversary of a United Nations treaty that protects the rights of persons with disabilities, senior UN officials today highlighted the critical role people with disabilities play as invaluable partners to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


UN rights office urges Libyan authorities to investigate death of 12 victims of torture

14 June 2016 – The UN human rights office today urged the Libyan authorities to undertake an effective, thorough and impartial investigation to bring perpetrators of torture to justice, after 12 people were found dead last Friday.