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36 stories found over the past 45 days
Republic of Korea: UN rights expert calls for probe in death of 69-year old protester

28 September 2016 – Expressing dismay over the death of a protestor who was injured by the police use of a water cannon on a peaceful rally last year in the country, a United Nations human rights expert has called for a full investigation into the incident and to ensure that such a “tragedy” is never repeated.


UN Human Rights Council discusses situations in DR Congo, Libya, Ukraine and Burundi

27 September 2016 – At interactive dialogues on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Libya Ukraine, and Burundi, senior UN human rights officials and independent experts today urged the governments to take immediate steps to ensure protection of human rights in their respective countries.


UN rights experts urge Pakistan authorities to halt execution of man with disability

27 September 2016 – Four United Nations human rights experts today urged authorities in Pakistan to halt the execution of Imdad Ali, a man with a psychosocial disability, and to re-try him in compliance with international standards.


Repealing anti-abortion laws would save the lives of nearly 50,000 women a year – UN experts

27 September 2016 – Warning that unsafe abortions kill nearly 50,000 women each year, United Nations human rights experts today called on States across the world to repeal restrictive abortion laws and policies, and all punitive measures and discriminatory barriers to access safe reproductive health services.


Reducing violence against women vital for peace in Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory – UN expert

26 September 2016 – Concluding her first visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)/State of Palestine, a United Nations human rights expert called on both sides to strengthen their efforts to eliminate violence against women as well as to their rights in public and private sectors.


UN rights experts call for immediate halt to violent repression of electoral protests in DR Congo

23 September 2016 – In relation to proposed presidential elections, two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to put an immediate end to its disproportionate use of force against peaceful assembly and expression.


Guatemala’s President, at UN debate, pledges open government, zero-tolerance for corruption

22 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, voiced his commitment to fight the corruption that weakens institutions.


At UN, Israel’s Netanyahu says conflict is ‘not about settlements’ but existence of a Jewish State

22 September 2016 – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has never been about settlements, or about establishing a Palestinian state, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly today, saying “it’s always been about the existence of a Jewish State […] in any boundary.”


UN human rights expert calls on US to halt construction of North Dakota oil pipeline

22 September 2016 – A United Nations human rights experts today called on the United States to halt the construction of an oil pipeline in the state of North Dakota, citing significant risks to the drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the potential destruction of their burial grounds and sacred sites.


Ban calls for continued efforts to secure equal rights for LGBT community

21 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to continue working for equal rights and fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, reiterating the UN’s commitment to securing their human rights.