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9 stories found over the past 45 days
UN rights experts welcome US review of lethal drone attacks, urge transparency and accountability

29 April 2015 – A group of United Nations independent experts today welcomed the announcement by the United States Government of a review of two counter-terrorism operations involving the use of drones, while stressing the need for transparency and accountability.


‘Callous’ EU politics on migrants costing lives, UN rights chief warns

20 April 2015 – Following the loss of some 700 lives after a boat carrying migrants capsized and sank over the weekend, the UN human rights chief has urged European Union (EU) governments to take a “more sophisticated, more courageous and less callous approach” to coping with the flows of migrants towards Europe.


UN rights experts welcome Blackwater sentencing, urge greater accountability for private security

14 April 2015 – The outsourcing of national security to private firms creates risks for human rights and accountability, the United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries confirmed today as it welcomed the sentencing of four former Blackwater Worldwide personnel for the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians.


Malaysia’s anti-terror and sedition laws ‘curtail’ human rights, warns UN rights chief

09 April 2015 – A series of amendments to Malaysia’s 1948 Sedition Act risk seriously undermine freedom of expression and opinion throughout the country, the top United Nations human rights official warned today as he urged the Asian state to bring its legislation in line with international human rights standards.


As chaos deepens in Yemen, UN expert warns of ‘worst case scenario’ displacement

08 April 2015 – The United Nations expert on the human rights of internally displaced persons today urged the international community “to prepare for massive displacement and humanitarian crisis as conflict torn Yemen further descends into chaos and civilians flee the fighting.”


UN expert urges political action to promote Roma human rights, combat discrimination

08 April 2015 – A United Nations rights expert has today called for strong and tangible political commitment to fight the bias and discrimination that continues to infringe upon the rights of Roma people.


Thailand must end ‘criminalization’ of dissenting voices – UN expert

01 April 2015 – A United Nations human rights expert has urged the Government of Thailand to immediately and unequivocally distance itself from the “intimidating” statements made by its leader, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, in which he threatened the freedom and lives of the country’s journalists.


‘Roots of conflict’ must be addressed to defeat Boko Haram, says top UN rights official

01 April 2015 – Expansive economic, social and political opportunities are key to reducing Nigeria’s smouldering ethnic and sectarian tensions and countering the growing threat posed by Boko Haram, the top United Nations human rights official declared today.


Palestinian conflict continues to destroy human life, dignity – UN rights official

23 March 2015 – Violations of human rights “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories, a senior United Nations official reported to the Human Rights Council today.