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12 stories found over the past 45 days
Persistent persecution of Bahá’í in Yemen ‘unacceptable,’ and must stop, says UN expert

22 May 2017 – In Yemen, Bahá’ís are under pressure to recant their faith, according to a United Nations rights expert, noting that in April, the Public Prosecutor reportedly summoned by phone at least 30 members of the community to appear in court, and de facto authorities in Sana’a ordered the arrest of at least 25 more.


UN experts urge Indonesia to free jailed politicians, repeal its blasphemy law

22 May 2017 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged the Government of Indonesia to review and repeal its blasphemy law following the recent conviction and imprisonment of the former governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.


UN expert urges Dominican Republic to place child protection at core of tourism strategy

18 May 2017 – Those who come to the Dominican Republic to sexually exploit children must know that they will be punished, a United Nations independent expert said, urging the Government to put child protection at the centre of its tourism strategy.


Amid hunger strike, UN expert urges Israel to comply with international law on detention

16 May 2017 – With some 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails on hunger strike for a second month, an independent United Nations expert vising the region today called on Israel to comply with international law and standards for detention.


Panama’s financial reform agenda must prioritize combating tax evasion – UN expert

11 May 2017 – Following last year’s leak of confidential financial documents from a Panama law firm, a United Nations rights expert yesterday called on the countries’ authorities to continue to impose greater due diligence on financial and banking institutions.


UN experts urge India to restore internet and social media services in Jammu and Kashmir

11 May 2017 – Raising alarm over the impact of internet and social media restrictions imposed by authorities in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, United Nations human rights experts have called on the Government to protect the right to freedom of expression and to pursue an open and democratic dialogue to address the region's social and political conflicts.


UN experts 'strongly' condemn brutal murder of journalist and rights defender in Maldives

09 May 2017 – A group of United Nations human rights experts have “strongly” condemned the murder of a prominent journalist and human rights defender in Maldives and called on the authorities to conduct a public inquiry into the killing and bring those responsible to justice.


Saudi Arabia must reform 'unacceptably broad' counter-terrorism law – UN rights expert

05 May 2017 – Saudi Arabia must stop using its anti-terror law to violate the right to free speech of its people, and end the use of torture terrorist suspects during investigations, a United Nations human rights expert urged at the end of his mission to the country.


Citing Uruguay’s ‘inspiring’ record on environment, UN expert says country must do more

02 May 2017 – Uruguay has much to be proud of in its record on human rights and the environment, but the South American country still has some challenges ahead, including the setting up of an environment ombudsperson, a United Nations-appointed expert said today.


With two executions of minors looming, UN rights experts urge Iran to halt death penalty

28 April 2017 – At least 90 people on death row in Iran are under the age of 18, United Nations human rights experts today said, urging authorities to abide with international law and immediately stop these executions.