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22 stories found over the past 45 days
UN expert calls for immediate release of political detainees in Sudan

15 August 2014 – A United Nations human rights expert today denounced the arrest and sentencing of political activists in Sudan, reiterating his call on the Government to free all the political detainees to enable an inclusive national dialogue.


UN rights experts urge halt to Sri Lanka's deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers

14 August 2014 – United Nations human rights experts today expressed their grave concern over the detentions and forced deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka back to their homeland where violent attacks against religious minorities have spiked in recent years.


UN rights experts concerned by last-minute derailment of visit to The Gambia

12 August 2014 – The Gambia postponed a visit at the last minute by two United Nations independent experts, a move they find “extremely worrying” and which casts doubt on the West African country’s commitment to human rights.


UN Rights Council notes one member unavailable to serve on Gaza Commission

12 August 2014 – The United Nations Human Rights Council today took note that one of the appointed commissioners is unavailable to serve on the Gaza Commission of Inquiry due to her prior professional commitments.


Northern Iraq: UN rights experts urge action to avoid mass atrocity, potential genocide

12 August 2014 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today expressed grave concern at the imminent danger of massacre faced by the Yazidi population forced to flee Sinjar in northern Iraq and other minority communities currently exposed to attacks by members of the armed group, Islamic State (IS).


UN Rights Council appoints members of commission to investigate purported Gaza violations

11 August 2014 – The United Nations Human Rights Council announced today the appointment of three members to its independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip since the conflict began on 13 June.


UN experts condemn wave of arrest, sentencing of activists in Iran

08 August 2014 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today voiced grave concern over the escalating trend of arresting and sentencing people exercising their rights of freedom of expression and opinion, peaceful assembly and association.


‘World must act now’ to avert repeat of devastating famine in Somalia – UN expert

08 August 2014 – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the international community to “act now” to avert a humanitarian disaster in Somalia, where a widening hunger crisis has sparked fears of a repeat of the 2011 famine that devastated the war-ravaged country.


Briefing UN Assembly, Ban urges political talks to end ‘senseless cycle of suffering’ in Gaza

06 August 2014 – As the temporary ceasefire continues to hold in Gaza, senior United Nations officials today urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, and called on the 193 Member States to respond to calls for emergency humanitarian funding.


Japan’s stance on ‘comfort women’ issue violates victims’ rights – UN official

06 August 2014 – The United Nations human rights chief today expressed profound regret that Japan has not provided effective redress to victims of wartime sexual slavery leading back to the end of the Second World War.