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As 2016 draws to a close, UN rights chief outlines enormity of challenges to human rights

30 November 2016 – Highlighting the challenges to human rights around the world, the United Nations human rights chief called on the international community to act collectively for the common good and to do “everything possible” to prevent the situation from deteriorating.


UN’s new LGBT rights expert urges global partnership to end violence and discrimination

30 November 2016 – Global partnership is needed to end discrimination and violence against the worldwide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, a United Nations human rights expert has told an international conference in Bangkok, Thailand, outlining five key steps that should be taken.


DPR Korea: With victims’ suffering ‘enormous,’ urgent solution needed –UN rights expert

25 November 2016 – Wrapping up a 10-day visit to Northeast Asia, a United Nations human rights expert today called for a multi-faceted and people-centred approach to improve the “extremely complex” situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.


Travel bans imposed by Egypt on human rights defenders 'choke' legitimate debate – UN expert

24 November 2016 – Warning that Egypt's travel bans and other restrictions on the free speech of human rights defenders appear politically motivated to “choke legitimate and democratic debate, both within and outside,” the country, a United Nations rights expert today, strongly advised the Government to repeal the existing travel bans and refrain from imposing further restrictions.


LGBTI people face ‘vortex of violence and discrimination,’ newly-appointed UN expert warns

22 November 2016 – People from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities around the world are experiencing a proliferation in hate speech, including “rampant” social media attacks, as well as violence and discrimination, a newly appointed United Nations human rights expert warned today.


UN human rights body appoints Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

22 November 2016 – Following a decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in which it setup a commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations and abuses in Burundi, including whether they may constitute international crimes, the President of the body has appointed the Commission’s Chair and members.


If passed, Israeli legislation would be ‘another nail in the coffin’ for two-state solution – UN expert

21 November 2016 – A new piece of Israeli legislation would enable the confiscation of privately owned Palestinian land and if passed, would deal yet another severe blow to hopes of lasting peace in the region, according to a United Nations human rights expert.


UN experts express 'deep concern' over attempt to block LGBT rights monitor

21 November 2016 – With Member States in the United Nations General Assembly attempting to block the creation of the mandate of an Independent Expert to tackle violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, a joint committee of UN human rights experts warned that the action can have a very harmful impact on the work of Human Rights Council.


UN expert warns on Turkish government’s ‘draconian measures’ on freedoms of expression

18 November 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression raised concerns over the Turkish Government’s widespread measures to erode independent opinion and freedom of expression in the country.


Australia’s human rights record tainted by ‘regressive’ migration policies – UN expert

18 November 2016 – Concluding his first official visit to Australia, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said the country’s human rights standing has been tarnished by its “regressive” migration policies that fall “way behind” international standards.