News by region: Europe


UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Ukraine

22 July – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing of award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet and urged the authorities to bring those responsible for the crime to justice.


Some 1,400 stuck at Hungarian-Serbian border amid dire conditions, UN refugee agency warns

15 July – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed deep concern about a new restrictive law at the Hungarian-Serbian border, and urged Hungarian authorities to investigate reports of abuse and violence in transit zones and bitten by unleashed police dogs.


France: UN condemns terrorist attack on crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice

15 July – Senior officials from across the United Nations family today condemned the deadly attack in Nice, France, calling for stepped up efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism.


UN report finds impunity for killings ‘remains rampant’ in Ukraine conflict

14 July – A new report by the United Nations human rights office released today describes widespread killings that have taken place in Ukraine since January 2014, concluding that very limited accountability has taken place.


UN human rights expert deplores ageist attacks sparked by ‘Brexit’ vote

5 July – A United Nations human rights expert today deplored the wave of ageist attacks in the wake of the United Kingdom’s referendum to leave the European Union, including calls for age ceilings for the exercise of the right to vote.


Ban 'deeply saddened' by death of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

3 July – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was “deeply saddened” to learn the passing yesterday of Elie Wiesel, 87, a Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-standing UN Messenger of Peace.


UN rights expert deplores conviction of tax whistleblowers in LuxLeaks trial

30 June – A United Nations independent human rights expert today deplored the conviction of two whistleblowers who revealed how tax avoidance and tax evasion occurred in Luxembourg banks in the so-called LuxLeaks scandal.


UN chief signs condolence book for victims of Turkish terrorism attack

30 June – There is no justification for terrorism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated after signing a book of condolences for the victims of the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport.


UN expert urges Moldova to introduce multilingual education, bolster unity among ethnic groups

30 June – A United Nations human rights expert has called on the Government of the Republic of Moldova to further promote linguistic rights of minorities, introduce multilingual education, and strengthen the unity between various population groups in the country.


Situation in Ukraine remains ‘volatile,’ warns senior UN human rights official

29 June – Unless urgent action is taken in Ukraine to separate sides and remove heavy weaponry, wide spread hostilities in the country could re-escalate, a senior United Nations human rights official today warned.