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FEATURE: With more than half of all children in danger, UN envoy highlights how to keep them safe

03 June 2016 – Marta Santos Pais grew up in a happy home in Portugal. Seeing Roma girls her own age treated as outcasts and hearing stories from her father – a child welfare judge – about countless cases of her peers trapped in poverty and abandoned by their parents, troubled her, kindling a sense of duty to help others less fortunate.


Cyprus: cultural rights are not ‘bargaining chip,’ UN expert warns

02 June 2016 – The political division between Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus creates many obstacles to the exercise of cultural rights, which should not be considered as a bargaining chip, a United Nations human rights expert said today at the end of her first fact-finding mission to the island nation.


‘Justice may be delayed, but not denied,’ Security Council told at debate on sexual violence in conflict

02 June 2016 – At a Security Council debate today on sexual violence in conflict, senior United Nations officials stressed that in the past decade, the world has witnessed a fundamental shift in the way the issue is understood and addressed as a peace and security concern.


Syria: UN experts urge protection of civilians amid ISIL offensives in country’s north

01 June 2016 – Two United Nations human rights experts today urged immediate protection for thousands of civilians caught up in offensives by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) in the Aleppo region of northern Syria.


UN rights office concerned over denial of participation for journalist's group, LGBT organizations

31 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today added its voice to the concerns raised over a decision this past week by the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) consultative status.


Burundi: UN probe completes on-the-ground deployment of human rights monitors

24 May 2016 – The United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi, which was set up to investigate human rights violations in the country since April 2015, said today it has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors on the ground.


Argentina: UN rights expert urges immediate action to address exclusion of indigenous peoples

24 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights expert on racism today urged the Government of Argentina to take urgent measures to sustainably address the invisibility, marginalization and systematic exclusion of indigenous peoples in the country.


EU has largely ‘abandoned’ Greece to deal with migrant crisis on its own, UN expert warns

17 May 2016 – The suffering of migrants in Greece is the result of a complete absence of long-term vision and the clear lack of political will of the European Union (EU), a United Nations human rights expert said today, warning that Greece, already struggling to cope with fiscal challenges, has been abandoned by the EU to deal with a crisis that requires a response from all countries in the region.