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29 stories found over the past 45 days
Climate change poses ‘major threat’ to food security, warns UN expert

03 November 2015 – Climate change poses severe and distinct threats to food security, and could subject an additional 600 million people to malnutrition by 2080, a United Nations human rights expert warned today.

Cycle of impunity must end, Ban declares on International Day, honouring journalists killed in line of duty

02 November 2015 – Marking the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is honouring journalists and media workers who were killed in the line of duty for merely ‘reporting the truth’ and is underscoring the importance of protecting their rights and ensuring they can report freely.

‘Very significant number’ of Eritreans joining exodus to Europe – UN Assembly told

29 October 2015 – “A very significant number” of Eritreans are fleeing a country “that is not in a situation of conflict or unrest” to seek a life free from fear, the head of a UN-appointed commission of inquiry on human rights in the east African nation told the UN General Assembly today.

DPR Korea: UN rights expert ‘deeply regrets’ unchanged human rights situation

28 October 2015 – The international community was strongly urged today by a UN rights expert to maintain effective and meaningful efforts to address the continued dire human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Social protection systems should be more inclusive of persons with disabilities – UN rights expert

28 October 2015 – States should make their social protection systems more inclusive for persons with disabilities, rather than pursuing models that often lock them into a cycle of dependence and poverty, a UN expert on the rights of persons with disabilities has said.

‘Minorities face discrimination at every turn’ in criminal justice systems – UN rights expert

28 October 2015 – In criminal justice processes worldwide, minorities face discrimination ranging from excessive and sometimes lethal use of force, torture by police, to longer periods of stay in pre-trial detention, discrimination during judicial procedures and biases influencing sentencing, according to the UN human rights expert on minority issues.

‘Fear must be eclipsed by wisdom’ to end violence between Israelis and Palestinians – UN rights chief

28 October 2015 – At a special meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council today, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stressed that Israeli-Palestinian violence will draw “closer to a catastrophe” if not stopped immediately, while President Mahmoud Abbas called for creation of a “special protection” regime for the Palestinian people, amid roiling tensions in the region.

General Assembly elects 18 members to UN Human Rights Council

28 October 2015 – The General Assembly today elected 18 States to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council for three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2016. Those elected were Belgium, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Panama, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

UN human rights chief sends assessment mission to South Sudan following reports of rights abuses

26 October 2015 – After reports of alleged violations and abuses of human rights committed by both parties to the conflict in South Sudan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is deploying a 10-member mission to the country to assess the situation.

Children's right to freedom of religion or belief must be protected, says UN expert

23 October 2015 – The United Nations expert on religious freedom is calling on all Governments represented at the UN General Assembly “to respect religious practices by children and their families and support families in fulfilling their role in providing an enabling environment for the realisation of the rights of the child.”