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EU has largely ‘abandoned’ Greece to deal with migrant crisis on its own, UN expert warns

17 May 2016 – The suffering of migrants in Greece is the result of a complete absence of long-term vision and the clear lack of political will of the European Union (EU), a United Nations human rights expert said today, warning that Greece, already struggling to cope with fiscal challenges, has been abandoned by the EU to deal with a crisis that requires a response from all countries in the region.


Wrapping up official visit to Portugal, Ban receives ‘Order of Liberty’ medal

13 May 2016 – On the final day of his visit to Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today received a medal in honour of his distinguished services to the cause of democracy and freedom.


Belarus: execution shows ‘callous disdain’ for international human rights law – UN experts

13 May 2016 – United Nations human rights experts today condemned Belarus’ continued use of the death penalty following reports that a man whose complaint was before the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) had been executed, despite a specific request from the Committee for a stay of execution.


Paris accord faces ‘first test’ at meeting on climate adaptation funding – UN rights expert

13 May 2016 – The signatories to the 2015 Paris Agreement face the first test of their commitment when they meet in Bonn, Germany, next week to negotiate a new mechanism to fund climate adaptation projects, which often displaced indigenous and other communities, a United Nations human rights expert said today.


UN human rights panel condemns civilian attacks in Syria; calls for accountability

11 May 2016 – Strongly condemning recent attacks on civilians, hospitals and clinics, and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry today called on all parties to cease the unlawful attacks and return to a full cessation of hostilities.


UN experts urge Sri Lanka to adopt measures to fight torture and strengthen justice system

10 May 2016 – Two United Nations experts have urged the Government of Sri Lanka to replace the legal framework that allowed human rights violations to occur and to establish democratic institutions in line with international human rights standards.


Egypt: UN experts report worsening crackdown on protest

09 May 2016 – Three United Nations human rights experts today urged the Egyptian Government to put an end to the disproportionate reactions against the exercise of the rights to assembly and expression in the country.


Interview with Karen AbuZayd, Special Adviser on the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

06 May 2016 – Karen AbuZayd wants you to think of refugees and migrants in a positive way. The United Nations Special Adviser has been working behind the scenes since January to raise support for global compacts to support large movements of refugees and migrants. These will be up for discussion on 19 September 2016, when the UN will host a high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing Member States together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.


Flint Michigan crisis ‘not just about water,’ UN rights experts say ahead of President Obama’s visit

03 May 2016 – Speaking ahead of United States President Barack Obama’s visit to Flint, Michigan, three United Nations experts are calling for immediate action to address the serious human rights concerns related to the contamination of the city’s water supply and the devastating consequences for residents there, who have been dealing with water-related crises since April 2014.


El Salvador: UN expert calls on Government to protect victims of contemporary slavery

29 April 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of El Salvador to develop and implement a wide range of initiatives to protect the victims of contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced labour and domestic servitude.