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UN rights office concerned at continuing hostilities in both western and eastern Aleppo

01 November 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern that all parties in Aleppo are conducting hostilities which are resulting in large numbers of civilian casualties, and creating an atmosphere of terror for those who continue to live in the Syrian city.


New approaches required to prevent trafficking among conflict-induced migrants – UN human rights expert

31 October 2016 – Governments need to adopt new approaches to human trafficking in light of conflict-induced migration increasing around the world and putting many more people at risk of such trafficking, according to an independent United Nations human rights expert.


“To transform our world, we must transform its cities” says UN chief on World Cities Day

31 October 2016 – With more than half of the global population now living in cities and human settlements, greater attention needs to be placed on the role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion, according to the United Nations on World Cities Day.


General Assembly elects 14 members to UN Human Rights Council

28 October 2016 – The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 14 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.


Ban urges all parties in Venezuela to reduce polarization and engage sincerely in dialogue process

28 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the Vatican’s joining of the ongoing initiative by former Heads of State and Government to promote dialogue between the Government of Venezuela and the country’s political opposition, under the auspices of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).


Violations of freedom of expression and the media continue in Belarus – UN rights expert

28 October 2016 – Human rights violations are growing worse in Belarus, according to a new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the country, Miklós Haraszti, which he presented to the UN General Assembly today.


UN expert urges international community to continue to address human rights challenges in Myanmar

28 October 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, called upon the international community today to not forget about ongoing human rights challenges in the country, including continued detention of political prisoners, the constitutional guarantee of 25 per cent of seats in Parliament to the military, and increasing unrest and discrimination against Muslim communities.


Israel is denying Palestine’s right to development, says UN human rights expert

28 October 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, has declared that Israel is denying Palestine’s right to development by creating rampant poverty, “epic” unemployment, and economic stagnation.


Amid escalating conflict in Yemen, UN-associated migration agency launches 150 million regional appeal

28 October 2016 – Warning that the situation in Yemen is growing more dire every day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the lead United Nations-affiliated agency on migration issues, launched today a regional appeal for nearly $150 million to help provide desperately needed assistance to the country’s people trapped amid the escalating conflict.


UN expert panel cites crimes against humanity committed by Eritrean authorities dating back 25 years

28 October 2016 – Eritrean officials have committed crimes against humanity since 1991, including enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder, a member of the former United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the country reported to UN Member States.