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13 stories found over the past 45 days
Mauritania: UN expert welcomes new anti-slavery law, says effective enforcement is key

21 August 2015 – While applauding the adoption of a new anti-slavery law in Mauritania that doubles, from 10 to 20 years, the maximum prison sentence for slavery crimes and creates special prosecution tribunals for slavery-like practices, a United Nations expert today cautioned that “this welcome development needs to be followed by its full implementation.”


Following Tianjin explosion, UN expert calls on China to ensure transparent investigation

20 August 2015 – The Government of China and relevant businesses in the country should ensure complete transparency in the investigation of the chemical disaster in Tianjin, including both causes and effects of the explosion, says an independent United Nations human rights expert.


UN human rights experts welcome release of Syrian human rights defenders

14 August 2015 – Welcoming recent release of three human rights defenders from Syrian Government custody, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights panel today urged the authorities to grant an independent organization regular access to those allegedly detained.


UN experts call on Iran to release journalist Jason Rezaian as he awaits verdict

14 August 2015 – United Nations human rights experts today urged the Iranian Government to immediately release the Washington Post’s correspondent in Tehran, Jason Rezaian, who now awaits verdict after his fourth and possible final hearing earlier this week.


Tajikistan’s sectoral reform must prioritize sanitation and drinking water for most vulnerable – UN expert

12 August 2015 – Progress has been made in ongoing reform of the water sector in Tajikistan, a United Nations rights expert noted at the end of his recent mission to the country, and he urged the Government to maximize its rich water resource through national legislation, policies, budget and their implementation for the poor and marginalized.


UN rights expert urges Mauritania to repeal bill threatening civil society groups

10 August 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert today called upon the Mauritanian Parliament to reject a draft law on civil society associations that, without public consultations, was approved last month by the Council of Ministers.


Killing of Bangladeshi blogger Niloy Neel draws UN condemnation

08 August 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as two independent United Nations human rights experts have condemned the killing of Niloy Neel, the fourth Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death so far this year, and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.


Assassination attempt prompts UN call for protection of human rights defenders in Burundi

07 August 2015 – Following this week’s assassination attempt on one of Burundi’s leading human rights defenders, an independent United Nations expert has called on the Government to ensure the protection of all rights activists.


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.