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20 stories found over the past 45 days
UN rights expert welcomes US decision to lift most unilateral sanctions on Sudan

19 January 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the decision of President Barack Obama to lift most sanctions unilaterally imposed by the United States on Sudan.


UN rights expert urges Saudi Arabia to use economic plan to bolster women’s rights

19 January 2017 – An independent United Nations expert today urged Saudi officials to use their bold new plan for economic transformation to improve the human rights of women and the poor.


Following Chelsea Manning’s commutation, UN expert urges pardons for other whistleblowers

18 January 2017 – Welcoming the commutation of United States army officer Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence for leaking classified military documents, a United Nations independents human rights expert today called on Governments to recognize the contributions of whistleblowers and pardon those serving prison sentences.


Pakistan: UN expert calls for return of four disappeared human rights and social media activists

11 January 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Pakistani authorities to make it a top priority to locate, protect and return home four disappeared human rights and social media campaigners.


Iran: UN rights expert warns prisoners of conscience at risk of death after prolonged hunger strike

09 January 2017 – Raising alarm over the health of several prisoners of conscience in Iran, who have been on a prolonged hunger strike contesting the legality of their detention, the United Nations expert on the human rights situation there urged the authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release all those who have been arbitrarily arrested, detained and prosecuted for exercising their rights.


UN rights expert to assess potential abuses in northern Myanmar

06 January 2017 – An independent United Nations expert will assess the human rights situation in Myanmar starting next week, it was announced, following increasing concerns about civilians in Kachin State and the escalating violence in Rakhine State.


US removal of textbook with ‘distorted’ depiction of slavery from classrooms applauded by UN experts

05 January 2017 – A team of United Nations human rights experts is supporting a recent decision by a United States school district in Connecticut to remove offensive and inaccurate historical information about slavery from its classrooms.


UN experts criticize Ecuador’s ‘strategy to asphyxiate’ civil society human rights groups

30 December 2016 – Five United Nations human rights experts have condemned Ecuador for suppressing civil society following a Government order to close a non-governmental organization (NGO) that supports environmental and indigenous rights.


INTERVIEW: Stop dividing humanity into “us and them” – UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

29 December 2016 – Jan Eliasson took up the job of Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations in July 2012, and while the post has been challenging, it has not proved daunting for the Swedish national – a veteran of international affairs, with decades of diplomatic experience in world capitals and conflicts.


UN experts applaud US decision to dismantle ‘discriminatory and ineffective’ counterterrorism programme

29 December 2016 – Two United Nations human rights experts welcomed a decision by the United States to dismantle a national registry program targeting people visiting from countries that are home to active terrorist groups, a program that the experts labelled “discriminatory and ineffective.”