News by region: Americas


Canada’s deportation of Jamaican man with mental disability ‘cruel treatment’ – UN experts

21 May – After examining the case, a United Nations Committee has found that Canada’s deportation of a Jamaican man with a mental disability who had spent much of his life in Canada amounted to cruel and inhuman treatment, effectively leaving him without medical and family support.


Haiti: senior UN official says cholera outbreak needs ‘urgent attention’

14 May – The cholera outbreak in Haiti remains the largest in recent world history, according to the United Nations official coordinating the Organization’s cholera response in the country, yet the health crisis has fallen off the international agenda after having ceased appearing in the media.


UNESCO chief denounces the murder of Mexican journalist

12 May – While stressing the need to end impunity of crimes against media workers, the head of the United Nations agency charged with promoting press freedom urged today a full inquiry into the killing of journalist Armando Saldaña Morales in Mexico.


Paraguay: UN experts deplore Government’s failure to protect 10-year-old rape survivor

11 May – The Government of Paraguay has failed in its responsibility to protect a 10-year old sexual abuse survivor and provide her with critical and timely treatments, including a “safe and therapeutic” abortion, a group of United Nations experts said today.


Ban condemns Texas shooting, says ‘ideas must be defended through democratic debate and dialogue’

4 May – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday’s shooting in Texas that injured a law enforcement officer, reiterating that such criminal acts have nothing to do with religion or belief.


In Bogotá, UN deputy rights chief says ‘peace is the only option’ for Colombia

21 April – The road to peace is a complex and winding one, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights said today during her visit to Colombia, a country with a “unique opportunity to evolve into a society” where everyone enjoys rights equally and without discrimination.


In Washington, UN chief calls for immediate ceasefire by all parties in Yemen

16 April – During a speech delivered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this evening, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the gravity of the situation in Yemen, saying the country in “in flames” and pointing out how the current crisis is multiplying the already high levels of suffering and insecurity faced by many in the population.


UN condemns killing of Chilean peacekeeper in Haiti

14 April – The United Nations called for a swift investigation into the shooting death of a Chilean peacekeeper in Haiti whose killing prompted strong condemnations from the UN mission on the ground as well as the Secretary-General and Security Council at the world body’s Headquarters.