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'Nothing has changed' – UN expert on DPR Korea says two years after key human rights report

26 November 2015 – A United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today warned that nothing has changed in the country since the UN Commission of Inquiry on DPRK presented its landmark report to the Human Rights Council two years ago.

Cambodia: political crackdown reaching a 'dangerous tipping point' warns UN rights expert

23 November 2015 – Expressing deep concern about the breakdown in the dialogue between Cambodia's main political parties, a United Nations expert today warned that any intensification of the current events could bring the country to a “dangerous tipping point,” especially regarding the human rights of the Cambodian people.

Nigeria must halt evictions threatening tens of thousands with homelessness – UN expert

23 November 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Nigerian Government to immediately end unlawful large-scale evictions that are threatening tens of thousands of people with homelessness even as the rainy season rages on, voicing alarm at the violence sometimes used by police.

Northern Ireland still faces urgent challenges nearly 20 years after peace accord – UN expert

20 November 2015 – While much has been achieved in Northern Ireland in the nearly 20 years since a peace accord ended decades of fighting between British forces and the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the different communities, urgent issues persist, according to a United Nations expert on transitional justice.

Sri Lanka must fulfil the rights of families of the disappeared – UN rights experts

18 November 2015 – Sri Lanka has the opportunity to once and for all meet the rights and legitimate expectations of thousands of families of disappeared, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said today, declaring “families have waited too long – the time for action has come.”

Drought in Botswana is learning opportunity to achieve water security – UN rights expert

17 November 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged Botswana to take the current extreme drought in the southern African country as an opportunity to develop a strategy for providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation for all as “a short-cut to prevent illnesses and deaths” in the long run.

Burundi: UN experts urge Security Council to follow resolution with ‘concrete' steps to stop rights abuses

13 November 2015 – Welcoming the adoption by the Security Council of a new resolution yesterday strongly condemning the ongoing killings and human rights violations in Burundi, a group of UN independent experts has expressed outrage at the situation and warned that the central African “is going towards an unacceptable path of atrocities.”

Venezuela must uphold rights of ‘even those who disagree with State policies’ – UN human rights chief

12 November 2015 – At a special meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stressed the need to promote and protect human rights in Venezuela and to defend even those who disagree with the State’s policies, while Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros vowed to continue employing truth to defend his country against “audacious accusations” and “imperialist attacks.”

UN rights expert urges ‘broad reform’ of oppressive media governance in Belarus

06 November 2015 – In a report to the General Assembly, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus called on the country to start reforming its laws and practices that have for two decades stifled its citizens' right to freedom of expression.

UN expert launches survey to identify best practices to protect human rights defenders

04 November 2015 – Human rights activists face increasing risks, a United Nations expert said today at the launch of a worldwide survey to identify effective practices to protect human rights defenders.