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19 stories found over the past 45 days
UN rights chief warns of ‘disturbing lack of transparency’ for digital mass surveillance

16 July 2014 – The top United Nations human rights official today warned of the “disturbing” lack of transparency in governmental surveillance policies and practices, “including de facto coercion of private sector companies to provide sweeping access to information and data relating to private individuals without the latter’s knowledge or consent.”


Honduras must address widespread impunity for crimes against women, girls – UN expert

10 July 2014 – An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged the Government of Honduras to address the culture of widespread impunity for crimes against women and girls, while also noting that incidents of violence against women appear to be on the rise in the Central American nation.


FEATURE: Should international refugee law accommodate climate change?

03 July 2014 – Can the United Nations help to protect people seeking safety abroad if their homes and jobs are destroyed by prolonged drought, rising sea levels or other climate change-related phenomena in the same way as if they were displaced by war or human rights abuses? The short answer, today anyway, is no.


‘Outraged’, UN experts urge Egypt to overturn largest confirmed mass death verdict

30 June 2014 – The credibility and integrity of the Egyptian justice system has become “deeply compromised”, a group of United Nations human rights experts today said, urging the Government to impose a moratorium on the death penalty and to offer new and fair trials for 183 people whose death sentences have been confirmed.


Cambodia: UN rights expert calls for a widening of democratic space, other reforms

25 June 2014 – Having ended his eleventh fact-finding mission, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today noted progress in key areas, but expressed concern at seeing that the democratic space in the country shrink.


Three international experts tapped to assist with UN-mandated Sri Lanka conflict probe

25 June 2014 – Three distinguished experts have agreed to advise the United Nations-mandated investigation into alleged human rights violations committed during the final stages of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka.


In Windhoek, Ban inaugurates UN House, hails cooperation with Namibia

24 June 2014 – Hailing the valuable history between the United Nations and the Namibian people, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived today in Windhoek to “write another chapter in our cooperation,” as he inaugurate the UN House there, which will help enhance the coordination of the world body’s activities and agencies working in the country.


Myanmar: UN experts alarmed at draft bill imposing restrictions on religious conversion

20 June 2014 – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Myanmar to do away with a draft bill imposing restrictions on religious conversion, stressing the right of every individual to freely choose or to change their faith.


Impunity, unprecedented violence, denial of aid hallmarks of Syria conflict – UN rights panel

17 June 2014 – The majority of civilians in Syria continue to bear the brunt of the ongoing conflict, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights panel said today, noting that violence has escalated to an unprecedented level, humanitarian aid is arbitrarily denied and perpetrators of crimes have no fear of consequence.