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21 stories found over the past 45 days
Palestinian conflict continues to destroy human life, dignity – UN rights official

23 March 2015 – Violations of human rights “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories, a senior United Nations official reported to the Human Rights Council today.


Independent UN human rights expert calls trial of former Maldives President ‘mockery’

19 March 2015 – An independent United Nations human rights expert has warned of the “seriously deteriorating situation” regarding the independence of the justice system in the Maldives in the wake of the sentencing of former President Mohammed Nasheed, calling his trial a “mockery” of the country’s Constitution.


Despite progress, Georgia needs to do more, says UN expert dealing with torture

19 March 2015 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture today praised the Government of Georgia for its positive advances in the treatment of prisoners since the October 2012 parliamentary election but cautioned that “there is still room for improvement and a need for anchoring.”


ISIL may have committed genocide, war crimes in Iraq, says UN human rights report

19 March 2015 – A report released today by the United Nations human rights office says that the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in its attacks against ethnic and religious groups in the country.


UN rights expert urges Myanmar authorities to address signs of backtracking

18 March 2015 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar today called on the country’s authorities to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process “before they undermine the success achieved so far.”


Citing need to break ‘cycle of impunity,’ UN panel urges referral of Syria to ICC

17 March 2015 – A culture of impunity continues to flourish inside Syria amid a conflict that has generated over four million refugees and hundreds of thousands of dead, the head of a United Nations-mandated Commission of Inquiry said today, urging the international community to step up efforts in bringing the four-year-long war to a close.


Countries urged to make dementia public health priority as UN conference opens in Geneva

16 March 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today opened the first ever Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia by reminding health ministers from around the world, experts and civil society representatives that every four seconds someone is diagnosed with the incurable disease.


Eritrea: UN-mandated inquiry finds ‘very clear patterns’ of human rights abuses

16 March 2015 – A four-month United Nations investigation into the human rights situation in Eritrea has found “very clear patterns” of violations and abuses, according to a report delivered today at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva.


Real breakthrough needed to protect children from abuse, UN rights body told

11 March 2015 – Millions of children are subjected to sexual abuse and exploitation, being sold and trafficked for prostitution, forced labour, illegal adoption or the transfer of organs, an independent United Nations expert told the Human Rights Council today, calling for a real breakthrough to end such crimes.


'Historic opportunity' at hand for reconciliation, cooperation in Sri Lanka, says UN political chief

10 March 2015 – Following elections, a historic opportunity has now presented itself for Sri Lanka to set up a domestic process that is credible, accountable and up to par with international norms and standards for the benefit of the country's people, with the help of the wider international community, the United Nations political chief said today.