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14 stories found over the past 45 days
UN rights expert urges Nauru to revoke measures that could 'muzzle' dissent

22 May 2015 – Voicing concern over recent amendments to the Criminal Code in Nauru which “unduly restrict” freedom of expression, a United Nations expert on the issue today urged the Government to revoke such measures to fulfil its human rights obligations.


In Hanoi, UN chief lauds Viet Nam’s ‘impressive progress’ and leadership in field of development

22 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today began a two-day visit to Viet Nam and commended President Trương Tấn Sang for the “increasingly important role” his country is playing at the United Nations, including his efforts to combat climate change and in helping shape a new development agenda.


Saving lives of migrants stranded in Southeast Asian waters should remain a priority – UN experts

21 May 2015 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today welcomed the Malaysian, Indonesian and Thai leaders’ decision not to pushback asylum seekers arriving in their territorial waters and urged the international community to assist those countries financially to protect the human rights of all migrants.


Expert urges UN health agency to do more to protect people from toxic substances

20 May 2015 – The UN independent expert on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes today urged the World Health Organization to “play a much larger, more active role” in protecting people from the negative impacts of toxic pollution.


UN rights expert urges Armenia to ‘shed light’ on violence against children

19 May 2015 – The UN independent human rights expert on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography today urged the Armenian government to devote more attention to the issue of violence against children as well as irregularities in adoption processes, which can amount to sale of children.


Iraq and global community must protect internally displaced as crisis deepens – UN expert

19 May 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Iraq to step-up its efforts and give a higher priority to nearly three million internally displaced persons (IDPs).


World must not ‘squander’ opportunity in Somalia, UN envoy tells Security Council

19 May 2015 – While it is too soon to celebrate definitive success in Somalia, and while the situation remains challenging, progress is being made and the international community would be missing a strategic opportunity if it failed to realize how much is being achieved, the top United Nations in the country told the Security Council today.


UN expert calls for adoption of minimum set of fundamental human rights for detainees

18 May 2015 – The top United Nations human rights expert on torture today called for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which are being considered this week by the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Vienna.


UN expert calls on Greek Government to ‘urgently implement’ anti-racism measures

12 May 2015 – The Government of Greece must implement stronger measures in order to effectively address hate speech and verbal abuse against vulnerable groups including irregular migrants and minorities such as the Roma people, according to a United Nations human rights expert.


UN rights experts welcome US review of lethal drone attacks, urge transparency and accountability

29 April 2015 – A group of United Nations independent experts today welcomed the announcement by the United States Government of a review of two counter-terrorism operations involving the use of drones, while stressing the need for transparency and accountability.