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16 stories found over the past 45 days
Sealing borders 'will continue to fail on massive scale,' UN rights expert tells European countries

05 February 2015 – Migrants will continue to arrive and stay in Europe “no matter what,” so the overall goal should be to ensure they use official channels to enter and stay, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants said today.


UN rights experts urge Bahrain to release arrested opposition leader

04 February 2015 – A group of United Nations human rights experts are urging the Government of Bahrain to release opposition politician and religious figure Sheikh Ali Salman who was arrested in December 2014 on charges that include inciting change of regime by non-peaceful means.


UN expert urges Portugal to boost access to justice for country's most vulnerable people

03 February 2015 – Portuguese authorities must do more to ensure wider access to the country's justice system, enhancing its legal aid programmes amid growing poverty, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers has urged.


After intense flooding, Malawi desperately needs scale-up in international aid – UN experts

30 January 2015 – The international community must rapidly respond to the devastating flooding affecting Malawi with critical humanitarian aid and appropriate funding, a group of United Nations human rights experts affirmed today, warning that the African country was facing “its worst flooding in living memory.”


El Salvador’s pardon for woman jailed for miscarriage should pave way for review of similar sentences – UN experts

28 January 2015 – The decision by El Salvador to pardon a woman convicted of aggravated homicide after suffering a miscarriage must “mark a turning point” for the authorities to review the sentences against all women jailed for pregnancy-related complications, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today.


UN expert urges Kazakhstan to boost rights of peaceful assembly, association

28 January 2015 – An independent United Nations rights expert today urged the Government of Kazakhstan to match the country's economic successes of the past quarter century with a ramped-up focus on human rights by opening up the Central Asian state's democratic spaces.