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20 stories found over the past 45 days
Deploring ongoing violence, UN rights expert urges Malian parties to work together towards lasting peace

10 March 2015 – Condemning the “reprehensible” attacks on civilians and United Nations peacekeepers and facilities in Mali, UN independent expert Suliman Baldo today expressed deep concern that massive violations of the most basic rights continue to plague populations in areas affected by fighting.


Member States must cease detention of children, ensure their human rights – UN expert

10 March 2015 – Member States must adopt new alternatives to the detention of children that fulfil the child's best interests and the authorities' obligation to protect them from torture and other ill-treatment, a United Nations human rights expert said today.


Member States must enforce human rights amid rising tide of extremism – UN rights chief

05 March 2015 – The world may be at a “turning point” as violent extremism and intolerance remain pervasive across the spectrum of global society, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today as he urged Member States to uphold the human rights principles underlying their communities in their fight against radicalism.


‘No evidence death penalty deters any crime,’ senior UN official tells Rights Council

04 March 2015 – Despite progress in recent years to universally abolish the death penalty, major challenges persist, the United Nations top human rights official said today at a high-level debate in Geneva, expressing concern that the death penalty, in practice, is “too often applied to the poor and marginalized foot soldiers” rather than the powerful organizers of the drug business.


Political consensus urgent to protect human rights, Ban tells opening session of UN council

02 March 2015 – The United Nations has the mandates and tools it needs to prevent human rights violations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegations gathered in Geneva today for the opening of the current session of the world body’s Human Rights Council, while he warned that the biggest challenge to using these tools is lack of political consensus among Member States.


UN expert applauds US decision guaranteeing ‘net neutrality’

27 February 2015 – The United States Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to establish new regulations protecting so-called net neutrality, or the equal treatment of all Internet traffic, is “a real victory” for freedom of expression and access to information, a United Nations human rights expert said today.


Rights of people with disabilities cannot be ignored in development agenda, UN experts

20 February 2015 – “One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – are persons with disabilities, and their rights cannot be ignored,” a group of United Nations human rights experts said today, as they urged negotiators and UN Member States to include rights of such persons in the new development framework.


UN rights experts describe ‘unconscionable’ suffering of Syrians in four-year conflict

20 February 2015 – Four United Nations human rights experts briefed the Security Council today on a new report into human rights and humanitarian law violations in Syria since the uprising in the country began, saying unthinkable crimes continue occurring daily, with victims' voices in danger of being lost amid the horrors of the conflict.


UN rights chief requests 'one time only' deferral of key report on Sri Lanka conflict

16 February 2015 – At the request of the top United Nations rights official, the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council today agreed to temporarily hold off its consideration of a long-awaited report into alleged rights violations during the conflict in Sri Lanka for six months, until September 2015.


UN rights expert calls for halt to Indonesia executions, cites international obligations

13 February 2015 – A United Nations human rights official has today urged Indonesia not to follow through with the executions of eight people who were convicted of drug-related offences.