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Child-directed advertising must be better regulated to curb adverse impacts – UN experts

10 August 2016 – Just head of International Youth Day, two United Nations human rights experts are drawing attention to the impact of commercial advertising directed at young children that instils, at an early age, over-consumption and indebtedness, and have urged the Governments to redefine those child-directed advertisements.

New law a ‘direct attack’ on free expression in Maldives, UN rights expert warns

10 August 2016 – Denouncing a new law in Maldives as a “direct attack” on free speech, a United Nations human rights expert warned today that elements of the bill, such as the vague use of religion, social norms and defamation as reasons for punishing expression, contradict not only international norms, but also obligations set out in the country’s own Constitution.

Ban hails Argentina’s commitment to UN values as illustrated by its actions

08 August 2016 – On a visit to Argentina, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded the South American today country for its strong partnership with the UN and its cooperation with and support to other countries.

Rights experts ‘deeply disturbed’ at erosion of media freedom in Venezuela – UN human rights office

04 August 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, and the Inter-American Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Edison Lanza, expressed concern at the eroding media freedom in Venezuela, citing a number of reported incidents of harassments of journalists and media groups.

In wake of renowned lawyer’s murder, UN experts urge Kenya to put an end to police impunity

01 August 2016 – Voicing deep concern over the continuing pattern of extrajudicial executions in Kenya, United Nations human rights experts have called on the Government to halt police violence and ensure accountability for the perpetrators.

Racism in US casts ‘dark shadow’ over rights to free assembly, association – UN expert

28 July 2016 – The United States is struggling to live up to its ideals in the area of racial, social and economic inequality, which is negatively affecting the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, a United Nations human rights expert said today at the end of his first official fact-finding mission to the country.

UN appeals for halting imminent execution of prisoners in Indonesia

28 July 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and a group of UN rights experts today appealed to the Government of Indonesia to stop the reportedly imminent execution of a number of prisoners for alleged drug-related crimes.

Thailand: UN rights expert warns against curbs on free speech ahead of major vote

26 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights expert on freedom of opinion and expression has condemned recent Government clampdown over public and social media expressions in Thailand ahead of a constitutional referendum scheduled for 7 August.

UN rights chief 'deeply troubled' by conviction of land reform activists in Paraguay

20 July 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today expressed concern over the recent ruling by the Court in Paraguay that convicted 11 land reform protestors, calling on the country's authorities to take urgent measures to ensure fair, independent investigations and guarantee access to justice.