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Senior UN official warns Burundi's tensions could fuel violence throughout Great Lakes region

22 March 2016 – A climate for inclusive dialogue is urgently required to eradicate the polarization and fragmentation of Burundian society, resulting from the increasing poverty and ongoing political crisis, a senior United Nations human rights official today urged.

Inclusive approach needed to embrace religious diversity in Denmark – UN expert

22 March 2016 – While appraising Denmark as a liberal country that values and respects freedom and religion, an independent United Nations human rights expert today also addressed challenges Danish society faces, especially towards “an open, inclusive” identity and religious diversity.

Ukraine: UN experts urge accountability for human rights violations by foreign fighters

22 March 2016 – Today in Geneva, the United Nations Working Group on mercenaries called on the Government of Ukraine to ensure accountability for human rights violations committed by foreign armed actors during the conflict that has plagued the country since 2014.

Caste systems violate human rights of millions worldwide – new UN expert report

21 March 2016 – At least 250 million people worldwide still face appalling and dehumanising discrimination based on caste and similar systems of inherited status, warned the United Nations expert on minority issues while presenting finding to the UN Human Rights Council.

In Brazil, UN expert highlights deadly consequences of delaying land demarcation

21 March 2016 – Following a visit to Brazil, a United Nations independent human rights expert today expressed alarm about the extent of documented and reported attacks on indigenous peoples in the country's central-western state of Mato Grosso Do Sul.