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UN rights experts call for immediate halt to violent repression of electoral protests in DR Congo

23 September 2016 – In relation to proposed presidential elections, two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to put an immediate end to its disproportionate use of force against peaceful assembly and expression.


Guatemala’s President, at UN debate, pledges open government, zero-tolerance for corruption

22 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, voiced his commitment to fight the corruption that weakens institutions.


At UN, Israel’s Netanyahu says conflict is ‘not about settlements’ but existence of a Jewish State

22 September 2016 – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has never been about settlements, or about establishing a Palestinian state, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly today, saying “it’s always been about the existence of a Jewish State […] in any boundary.”


Ban calls for continued efforts to secure equal rights for LGBT community

21 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to continue working for equal rights and fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, reiterating the UN’s commitment to securing their human rights.


UN rights expert calls for durable solutions for the displaced in Serbia and Kosovo

16 September 2016 – Concluding his five-day visit to Serbia and Kosovo, a United Nations human rights expert called on the Government of Serbia and the authorities in Kosovo to find an urgent and sustainable solution for people who have been displaced for almost 17 years.


Increasing cases of enforced disappearances ‘just the tip of the iceberg,’ UN experts group warns

16 September 2016 – In its latest report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances expressed deep concern and frustration at the rising number of cases, and underlined the need to prevent such acts and hold the perpetrators to account.


Human rights expert group concludes first visit to South Sudan

16 September 2016 – Concluding its first visit to South Sudan, a United Nations-mandated human rights mission today expressed deep concern over rights violations and the slow implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement between rival political factions.


Belarus: Smooth-looking polls ‘lipstick measures on face of violations,’ says UN rights expert

15 September 2016 – A United Nations expert on the human rights situation in Belarus said today that Sunday’s parliamentary elections were no different from all the previous ones because citizens’ right to a free and fair election continued to be abused in the grip of entrenched repressive laws and institutions.


Democratic principles at core of UN 2030 sustainability agenda, Ban says on International Day

15 September 2016 – Emphasizing the links between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and people's fundamental needs, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has marked the International Day for Democracy by stressing that delivering solutions to today's challenges also requires an integrated and interconnected response.


UN expert urges Kuwait to redouble efforts to stop trafficking, exploiting domestic workers

14 September 2016 – While welcoming Kuwait’s commitment to fight trafficking in persons, a United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government to further strengthen its assistance and support measures for trafficked and exploited domestic workers, adopt prevention measures, and fully protect their rights.