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38 stories found over the past 45 days
Reducing violence against women vital for peace in Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory – UN expert

26 September 2016 – Concluding her first visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)/State of Palestine, a United Nations human rights expert called on both sides to strengthen their efforts to eliminate violence against women as well as to their rights in public and private sectors.

UN rights experts call for immediate halt to violent repression of electoral protests in DR Congo

23 September 2016 – In relation to proposed presidential elections, two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to put an immediate end to its disproportionate use of force against peaceful assembly and expression.

Guatemala’s President, at UN debate, pledges open government, zero-tolerance for corruption

22 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, voiced his commitment to fight the corruption that weakens institutions.

At UN, Israel’s Netanyahu says conflict is ‘not about settlements’ but existence of a Jewish State

22 September 2016 – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has never been about settlements, or about establishing a Palestinian state, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly today, saying “it’s always been about the existence of a Jewish State […] in any boundary.”

UN human rights expert calls on US to halt construction of North Dakota oil pipeline

22 September 2016 – A United Nations human rights experts today called on the United States to halt the construction of an oil pipeline in the state of North Dakota, citing significant risks to the drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the potential destruction of their burial grounds and sacred sites.

Ban calls for continued efforts to secure equal rights for LGBT community

21 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to continue working for equal rights and fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, reiterating the UN’s commitment to securing their human rights.

Burundi: UN human rights experts urge strong action in light of ‘widespread’ violations

20 September 2016 – The final report of an independent United Nations investigation in Burundi, released today, describes “abundant evidence of gross human rights violations,” possibly amounting to crimes against humanity, by the Government of Burundi and people associated with it.

UN rights expert calls for durable solutions for the displaced in Serbia and Kosovo

16 September 2016 – Concluding his five-day visit to Serbia and Kosovo, a United Nations human rights expert called on the Government of Serbia and the authorities in Kosovo to find an urgent and sustainable solution for people who have been displaced for almost 17 years.

Increasing cases of enforced disappearances ‘just the tip of the iceberg,’ UN experts group warns

16 September 2016 – In its latest report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances expressed deep concern and frustration at the rising number of cases, and underlined the need to prevent such acts and hold the perpetrators to account.

Human rights expert group concludes first visit to South Sudan

16 September 2016 – Concluding its first visit to South Sudan, a United Nations-mandated human rights mission today expressed deep concern over rights violations and the slow implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement between rival political factions.