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30 stories found over the past 45 days
Children's right to freedom of religion or belief must be protected, says UN expert

23 October 2015 – The United Nations expert on religious freedom is calling on all Governments represented at the UN General Assembly “to respect religious practices by children and their families and support families in fulfilling their role in providing an enabling environment for the realisation of the rights of the child.”

UN human rights chief urges recognition of 'dignity and worth of every human being'

21 October 2015 – The turmoil and crises the international community faces clearly demonstrate the disasters that may occur when human rights are “neglected and ground down,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said today in a wide-ranging address to UN Member States in New York.

‘Actions by States are increasingly transnational,’ UN expert warns, stressing prohibition against torture

20 October 2015 – The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Méndez today urged governments across the world not to allow a vacuum of human rights protection even when they act beyond their borders, saying “torture is torture here, there and everywhere.”

UN rights experts call for release of Qatari poet jailed for writing and reciting poem

20 October 2015 – United Nations human rights experts today urged the Government of Qatar to release Mohammed al-Ajami, a poet who is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for writing and reciting a poem at his home.

Guinea Bissau’s justice system has serious dysfunctions, warns UN human rights expert

19 October 2015 – While the situation of justice in Guinea-Bissau is ‘sad’ and ‘terrible,’ the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyer today noted as positive the Supreme Court ruling this year that declared unconstitutional the appointment of the nation’s prime minister.

With high number of foreign fighters in Belgium, UN experts call for robust action to address risks

16 October 2015 – Belgium needs to develop an inclusive national vision and action on the issue of foreign fighters at federal, regional and local levels, the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries said today following a five-day visit to the European nation.

Iran: UN rights experts outraged at the execution of two juvenile offenders

16 October 2015 – United Nations human rights experts today expressed their outrage and profound sadness at the execution of a juvenile offender convicted for the death of her husband, whom she had been forced to marry at the age of 16, and which follows the death of a young man last week, who’d been sentenced to death at age 17.

Urgent appeal by UN rights expert to stop ‘abhorrent’ attacks against persons with albinism

15 October 2015 – The first United Nations human rights expert on albinism today issued an urgent appeal for coordinated action in southern and eastern Africa to tackle the upsurge in attacks against persons with albinism.

Morocco’s agriculture-focused ‘Green Plan’ must benefit all, says UN rights expert

14 October 2015 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, has commended Morocco’s achievements in reducing extreme poverty and eliminating hunger through crucial economic and social reforms, while also urging the authorities to reach all regions, paying particular attention to those living in remote areas and vulnerable groups.

Belarus election ‘neither free nor fair,’ says UN human rights expert

13 October 2015 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti, today said that while the Presidential polls conducted in the country this past Sunday were not met with violence as in previous cases, no progress was made in serving the Belarusians’ right to free and fair election.