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‘Witchcraft’ beliefs trigger attacks against people with albinism, UN expert warns

22 March 2016 – People with albinism are being hunted for witchcraft rituals, their body parts hacked off with machetes, and even having their graves desecrated, a United Nations expert warned today in her first report to the UN Human Rights Council.

Senior UN official warns Burundi's tensions could fuel violence throughout Great Lakes region

22 March 2016 – A climate for inclusive dialogue is urgently required to eradicate the polarization and fragmentation of Burundian society, resulting from the increasing poverty and ongoing political crisis, a senior United Nations human rights official today urged.

Inclusive approach needed to embrace religious diversity in Denmark – UN expert

22 March 2016 – While appraising Denmark as a liberal country that values and respects freedom and religion, an independent United Nations human rights expert today also addressed challenges Danish society faces, especially towards “an open, inclusive” identity and religious diversity.

Ukraine: UN experts urge accountability for human rights violations by foreign fighters

22 March 2016 – Today in Geneva, the United Nations Working Group on mercenaries called on the Government of Ukraine to ensure accountability for human rights violations committed by foreign armed actors during the conflict that has plagued the country since 2014.