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24 stories found over the past 45 days
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.


Detention, heavy fines for artistic expression in Iran ‘unacceptable,’ say UN rights experts

24 June 2016 – UN human rights experts on cultural rights and on freedom of expression have expressed concern at the imprisonment and imposition of heavy fines against three artists in the Islamic Republic of Iran earlier this month and have called for their immediate release.


Disarming armed groups, civilian protection crucial for Central African Republic – UN expert

22 June 2016 – Concluding her seventh visit in the country, Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic (CAR), expressed concern about the threats from armed groups and large-scale banditry to the protection of civilians, natural resources and to the crisis recovery process.


‘Permission-based’ public life regime has nearly paralyzed civic freedoms in Belarus – UN expert

21 June 2016 – A senior United Nations expert on human rights in Belarus warned today that several generations have grown up in the country “with no experience of what the words ‘pluralism,’ ‘labour rights,’ ‘free enterprise,’ ‘free artistic creation’ or ‘free media’ mean in reality.”


Bahrain: UN rights office concerned at crackdown on human rights and political opposition groups

21 June 2016 – Concerned at the intensification of a crackdown on free expression and association, and the right to a nationality in Bahrain, the United Nations human rights office today urged the Government to ensure those rights are protected in line with the country’s obligations under international law and that civil society activists do not face undue pressure, intimidation or reprisals for their work.


UN expert sees very little change in efforts to protect right to life, end impunity in Mexico

20 June 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today said that in Mexico, very little has changed regarding the protection of the right to life his 2013 fact-finding mission to the country.


Myanmar must address ‘serious’ human rights violations against minorities – UN rights chief

20 June 2016 – Issuing a new report on the situation of minorities in Myanmar, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has urged the Government to take concrete steps to end the “systemic discrimination” and ongoing human rights violations against minority communities, particularly the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.


In Greece, UN chief urges global responsibility-sharing for welfare of displaced

18 June 2016 – On a visit to Greece, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the refugee crisis with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, urging States to address the root causes of displacement and more evenly share the responsibility for the welfare of migrants and refugees.


Burundi: On second visit to country, UN human rights experts call for concrete steps to end crisis

17 June 2016 – Concluding their second visit to Burundi, a team of United Nations independent human rights experts welcomed certain improvements in the country, but warned that the recent “calm should not be confused with long term stability,” and also called on all parties in the country to stop the use of violence as a political tool.


State-owned enterprises must be ‘role model’ in respecting human rights – UN report

17 June 2016 – A United Nations expert group today said that State-owned enterprises must lead by example in respecting human rights, noting that Governments often ask private businesses to respect human rights, but forget to mind their own business.