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UN rights office concerned over denial of participation for journalist's group, LGBT organizations

31 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today added its voice to the concerns raised over a decision this past week by the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) consultative status.


Burundi: UN probe completes on-the-ground deployment of human rights monitors

24 May 2016 – The United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi, which was set up to investigate human rights violations in the country since April 2015, said today it has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors on the ground.


Argentina: UN rights expert urges immediate action to address exclusion of indigenous peoples

24 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights expert on racism today urged the Government of Argentina to take urgent measures to sustainably address the invisibility, marginalization and systematic exclusion of indigenous peoples in the country.


EU has largely ‘abandoned’ Greece to deal with migrant crisis on its own, UN expert warns

17 May 2016 – The suffering of migrants in Greece is the result of a complete absence of long-term vision and the clear lack of political will of the European Union (EU), a United Nations human rights expert said today, warning that Greece, already struggling to cope with fiscal challenges, has been abandoned by the EU to deal with a crisis that requires a response from all countries in the region.


Wrapping up official visit to Portugal, Ban receives ‘Order of Liberty’ medal

13 May 2016 – On the final day of his visit to Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today received a medal in honour of his distinguished services to the cause of democracy and freedom.


Belarus: execution shows ‘callous disdain’ for international human rights law – UN experts

13 May 2016 – United Nations human rights experts today condemned Belarus’ continued use of the death penalty following reports that a man whose complaint was before the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) had been executed, despite a specific request from the Committee for a stay of execution.