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Thailand: UN rights expert warns against curbs on free speech ahead of major vote

26 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights expert on freedom of opinion and expression has condemned recent Government clampdown over public and social media expressions in Thailand ahead of a constitutional referendum scheduled for 7 August.


UN rights chief 'deeply troubled' by conviction of land reform activists in Paraguay

20 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today expressed concern over the recent ruling by the Court in Paraguay that convicted 11 land reform protestors, calling on the country's authorities to take urgent measures to ensure fair, independent investigations and guarantee access to justice.


Warning against ‘cherry-picking’ among Global Goals, UN experts say human rights cannot be ignored

12 July 2016 – The largest group of rights experts in the United Nations system stressed today that focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should in no way become “the perfect excuse” for Member States to give less priority to their binding human rights obligations, or to ignore the comprehensive protection that is at the core of international human rights instruments.


UN condemns this week's deadly gun violence in US

08 July 2016 – United Nations officials today spoke out against recent violence in the United States which has left several people dead, expressing both outrage and condemnation over the killings, and highlighting the need for more to be done to fight discrimination.


UN inquiry panel welcomes strong resolution on human rights in Eritrea

04 July 2016 – A United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry panel today welcomed a resolution that brings justice for the people of Eritrea who have suffered gross human rights violations over the past 25 years “a step closer” to being realized.


UN expert urges Moldova to introduce multilingual education, bolster unity among ethnic groups

30 June 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert has called on the Government of the Republic of Moldova to further promote linguistic rights of minorities, introduce multilingual education, and strengthen the unity between various population groups in the country.


Situation in Ukraine remains ‘volatile,’ warns senior UN human rights official

29 June 2016 – Unless urgent action is taken in Ukraine to separate sides and remove heavy weaponry, wide spread hostilities in the country could re-escalate, a senior United Nations human rights official today warned.


UN expert calls for context-specific strategies to counter xenophobia in migration crisis

28 June 2016 – A United Nations expert today urged the world body’s Human Rights Council to address xenophobia and its conceptualization, trends and manifestations in the context of an acute migration crisis, and with an action plan “carefully adapted to domestic realities.”


UN rights expert applauds media initiative to shine light on homelessness in San Francisco

28 June 2016 – The United Nations human rights expert on housing today commended a large media initiative in the US city of San Francisco aimed at bringing the issue of homelessness to the forefront of discussions and encourage civil engagement.


UN experts urge Israeli lawmakers to halt proposed legislation targeting civil society groups

24 June 2016 – Three United Nations human rights experts today urged Israeli lawmakers not to approve the bill that would, in effect, target non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are critical of Government policy.