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11 stories found over the past 45 days
UN experts urge US to address legacies of the past, police impunity and ‘crisis of racial injustice’

29 January 2016 – The legacy of slavery, post-Reconstruction ‘Jim Crow’ laws and racial subordination in the United States remains a “serious challenge” as there has been no real commitment to recognition and reparations for people of African descent, a United Nations expert panel said today in Washington D.C., at the end of its second official visit.


In Eritrea, UN deputy relief chief urges support for vulnerable communities

27 January 2016 – The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang, wrapped up a three-day visit to Eritrea today, where she urged broader support for the Government's efforts to meet basic needs and build resilience of the country's most vulnerable communities.


Nigeria: reintegrating women and children liberated from Boko Haram ‘essential’ to peace, say UN experts

22 January 2016 – Three United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Nigeria to assist in the rehabilitation and reintegration of women and children who escaped or were liberated from Boko Haram captivity.


Incitement to anti-gay killings in Malawi draws concern of UN human rights office

22 January 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern over recent developments in Malawi, after the spokesperson of one of the country’s main political parties recently called for gay and lesbian people to be killed, describing them as “worse than dogs.”


‘Imperative to pursue criminal accountability of the DPR Korea leadership’ – UN rights expert

22 January 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today called on the international community to further all efforts to improve the human rights situation in the country.


UN experts urge France to protect fundamental freedoms while combatting terrorism

19 January 2016 – A group of United Nations human rights experts warned today that the current state of emergency in France and the country’s law on surveillance of electronic communications impose excessive and disproportionate restrictions on fundamental freedoms.


UN rights experts welcome Iran prisoner releases, call for freeing of all unlawfully-held detainees

19 January 2016 – United Nations human rights experts today welcomed Iran’s weekend release of four Iranian-Americans in an apparent prisoner swap with the United States, and called on Tehran to pave the way for the freeing of all remaining unlawfully detained prisoners.


Yemen: UN rights chief urges government to reverse decision to expel envoy from country

08 January 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today urged the Government of Yemen to reverse its decision to declare his Representative in the strife-torn country persona non grata [unwelcomed person], saying that it was “unwarranted, counter-productive and damaging to the reputation of the Government and its coalition partners.”


Ban congratulates Sri Lanka on first anniversary of political transition

08 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the President of Sri Lanka, the Government and its citizens on the first year of the country's political transition.


Faced with Israeli denial of access to Occupied Palestinian Territory, UN expert resigns

04 January 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian territories is resigning due to Israel's failure to grant him access to the areas he is tasked with monitoring.