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18 stories found over the past 45 days
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.


In Malawi, people with albinism face ‘total extinction’– UN rights expert

29 April 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today warned that the atrocities faced by persons with albinism in Malawi render them “an endangered people group facing a risk of systemic extinction over time if nothing is done.”


Somalia: sexual violence must be subject to criminal justice, says UN expert

25 April 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Somalia to enhance the capacity of the judiciary and police force in handling cases of sexual and gender-based violence, and to prohibit the handling of such cases by traditional clan elders.


Gambia: Ban calls for release of detained protesters after death of opposition members

17 April 2016 – Concerned about the apparent use of excessive force on peaceful demonstrators in Gambia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those arrested during Thursday's protest.


Rights experts urge UN to compensate displaced Roma poisoned in camps in Kosovo

15 April 2016 – Two United Nations independent experts today called on the world body to hold the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) accountable for leaving Roma families exposed to lead poisoning in camps for those internally displaced in the territory.


UN rights office ‘surprised’ by Venezuela’s ruling against reconciliation bill

12 April 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern about yesterday’s ruling by Venezuela’s top court against a bill that could serve as the basis for a path of dialogue and reconciliation in that country.


UN experts urges Honduras to end impunity in murder of human rights defender

11 April 2016 – More than a month after the killing of Berta Cáceres, a female human rights defender, eight United Nations experts have jointly reiterated their appeal to the Government of Honduras to provide justice and reveal the truth in her murder, and to ensure the security and protection of all people defending the environment and human rights in the country.