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UN expert panel cites crimes against humanity committed by Eritrean authorities dating back 25 years

28 October 2016 – Eritrean officials have committed crimes against humanity since 1991, including enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, other inhumane acts, persecution, rape and murder, a member of the former United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the country reported to UN Member States.


Persons with disabilities must benefit from – and contribute to – development, says UN expert

27 October 2016 – Persons with disabilities should have a leading say on the policies that impact them, a United Nations human rights expert told the General Assembly, while stressing the important role that member states play to ensure those disabled benefit from and contribute to development.


General Assembly can take steps to reduce violence against persons with albinism – UN rights expert

26 October 2016 – United Nations human rights expert Ikponwosa Ero called upon government representatives gathered in New York for the General Assembly to take swift action to end a growing problem of violence and severe discrimination against people with albinism.


‘We have to do the right thing,’ deputy UN chief says on intensified response to cholera outbreak in Haiti

25 October 2016 – Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged the international community to show solidarity with the Haitian people as they struggle to cope with the impact of Hurricane Matthew and an ongoing cholera epidemic, particularly through financial support for the new United Nations system-wide approach to tackle the spread of the disease.


UN rights experts call on US to abolish mandatory detention of migrants

24 October 2016 – Members of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention completed a two-week visit to the United States today and called upon the Government to abolish its mandatory detention of migrants, particularly asylum-seekers, after it found serious racial and economic disparities and that many people were being held under punitive conditions.


Perception that refugees are more prone to radicalization wrong and dangerous – UN rights expert

24 October 2016 – Presenting his new report to the General Assembly, the United Nations expert on counter-terrorism and human rights has warned that migration policies which are restrictive or violate fundamental human rights may in fact create conditions conducive to terrorism.