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Australia’s human rights record tainted by ‘regressive’ migration policies – UN expert

18 November 2016 – Concluding his first official visit to Australia, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said the country’s human rights standing has been tarnished by its “regressive” migration policies that fall “way behind” international standards.

Nigeria: UN expert seeks urgent answers on ‘brutal’ eviction of 30,000 people in Lagos

17 November 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert has appealed to the Government of Nigeria for an urgent explanation of the forced eviction of 30,000 people in Lagos state in the last week.

Central African Republic: Justice and reconciliation key to lasting peace, UN expert says

16 November 2016 – The justice system in the Central African Republic (CAR) must be urgently strengthened if the country is to achieve lasting peace, a United Nations human rights expert has said, ahead of a major donors’ conference in Brussels, Belgium, tomorrow, which aims to raise funds in support of the country’s national peace-building plan.

UN experts back call to halt pipeline construction in North Dakota, citing rights abuses of protestors

15 November 2016 – The United States is using excessive force against protestors in North Dakota who are trying to stop an oil pipeline project that runs through land sacred to indigenous peoples, according to a United Nations human rights expert.

UNICEF sounds alarm over safety of children in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

09 November 2016 – Expressing concern for the safety of children in the northern part of Myanmar’s Rakhine state which is in the midst of “security operations,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called upon the Government to protect children there from all forms of violence and to support prompt and independent investigations into reports of grave violations against them.

One year on, UN experts urge Brazil to urgently boost efforts to address impacts of dam collapse

04 November 2016 – Voicing concern over the many pressing human rights impacts on some six million people since the worst mine disaster occurred in Brazil one year ago, a group of United Nations human rights experts today issued a strong call on the Government to immediately redouble efforts to solve health problems and speed up the resettlement process of those affected.

UN rights experts urge DR Congo to lift 'unjustified' ban on protests

03 November 2016 – Expressing concern over what they called an “unjustified” ban on protests in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a group of United Nations human rights experts today called on the authorities to protect the fundamental rights of the people and to revoke the prohibition.

New approaches required to prevent trafficking among conflict-induced migrants – UN human rights expert

31 October 2016 – Governments need to adopt new approaches to human trafficking in light of conflict-induced migration increasing around the world and putting many more people at risk of such trafficking, according to an independent United Nations human rights expert.

General Assembly elects 14 members to UN Human Rights Council

28 October 2016 – The General Assembly today elected, by secret ballot, 14 States to serve on the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.

Violations of freedom of expression and the media continue in Belarus – UN rights expert

28 October 2016 – Human rights violations are growing worse in Belarus, according to a new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the country, Miklós Haraszti, which he presented to the UN General Assembly today.