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14 stories found over the past 45 days
In ISIL-controlled territory, 8 million civilians living in ‘state of fear’ – UN expert

31 July 2015 – The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has engaged in widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds in Syria and Iraq, brutally forcing some 8 million people to “assimilate, flee or face death,” according to a United Nations expert.


Dominican Republic: UN experts warn against deportations, racial profiling of people of Haitian descent

28 July 2015 – United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of the Dominican Republic to take steps to prevent arbitrary deportations and to adopt measures to address allegations of racial profiling during deportations of people of Haitian descent.


UN human rights experts renew calls to visit US to advance criminal justice reforms

21 July 2015 – Following last week’s unprecedented visit by United States President Barak Obama to a prison in Oklahoma, United Nations independent human rights experts today called on the US Government to facilitate their respective requests to carry out an official visit to the country to advance criminal justice reform.


Cambodia: UN expert urges authorities to reject bill that 'threatens very existence of free society'

15 July 2015 – United Nations human rights expert Maina Kiai today urged Cambodia to reject a draft law that would allow authorities to shut down and criminalize any group advocating for human rights, basic freedoms and good governance, saying “it is not too late to reverse the course of action.”


After nuclear deal, Iran must now focus on human rights – UN expert

15 July 2015 – The latest agreement between the Government of Iran and negotiations from six nations on limiting the scope of the Gulf country’s nuclear programme has opened the door to further discussion of the Iranian human rights situation, according to an independent United Nations expert.


UN experts report uptick in flow of Tunisian militants to conflict zones, call for urgent response

10 July 2015 – The number of Tunisian militants flocking to join the hostilities in Syria and Iraq is one of the highest among those traveling to fight alongside extremists in the Middle East's two most dogged conflicts, the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries confirmed today.


UN rights chief urges concerted action to tackle Boko Haram's 'extensive and far-reaching' abuses

01 July 2015 – Describing a pattern of vicious and indiscriminate attacks by Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria that stretched back years, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the international community to help the subregion begin to repair the damage, and specifically appealed to Nigerian authorities to ease abortion restrictions for women and girls who had been sexually enslaved, raped and forced into so-called "marriages” by Boko Haram fighters.


Senior UN official urges States to ensure inviolability of schools in times of conflict

25 June 2015 – Schools and universities must remain immune to the violence wrought by global conflicts, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, has affirmed as she urged Member States to commit to safeguarding places of learning from the ravages of war.


Thousands of civilians fleeing ‘rule of fear’ in Eritrea, say UN experts, warning of gross rights abuses

24 June 2015 – A United Nations-appointed commission of inquiry today warned that the dire situation in Eritrea can no longer be ignored and called on the UN Human Rights Council to maintain close scrutiny on violations committed in the Horn of Africa nation that may constitute crimes against humanity.


UN rights expert deplores ‘profound failure of diplomacy’ as Syria conflict escalates

23 June 2015 – Syria’s “ever-accelerating” cycle of violence continues to reap civilian casualties and provoke “unspeakable suffering”, the head of a United Nations-mandated Commission of Inquiry warned today, as he lamented the international community’s inability to bring the country’s four-year war to a close.