UN News stories


25 stories found over the past 45 days
UN expert urges international community to continue to address human rights challenges in Myanmar

28 October 2016 – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, called upon the international community today to not forget about ongoing human rights challenges in the country, including continued detention of political prisoners, the constitutional guarantee of 25 per cent of seats in Parliament to the military, and increasing unrest and discrimination against Muslim communities.


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.