News by topic: Human Rights


UN agency condemns killing of two journalists working on assignment in Iraq

22 June – The killing of two journalists in Iraq drew strong condemnation today from the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom and the safety of journalists.


Addressing economic inequalities key to countering terrorism without fueling racism – UN expert

20 June – A spate of recent terrorist attacks has driven an increase in security measures and exacerbated hate speech, a United Nations human rights expert warned today, calling for States to do more to meet the challenge of countering terrorism without fuelling racism and xenophobia.


UN rights chief calls for investigation into 'landscape of horror' in DR Congo's Kasai provinces

20 June – Detailing “harrowing reports” of killings, mutilation and entire villages destroyed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's restive Kasai provinces, the top United Nations human rights official today called on the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent international investigation into the widespread rights violations and abuses there.


'Sexual violence is a threat to every individual's right to a life of dignity' – UN chief

19 June – Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today paid tribute to the women, girls, men and boys who have suffered the atrocity of sexual violence in conflict, and reaffirmed “our global commitment to eliminate this scourge.”


‘All of us can and must be prepared to speak out’ to halt abuse of older persons – UN rights expert

15 June – Many older persons are at risk of being abused by their own relatives, a United Nations human rights expert has warned, urging greater vigilance and more reporting of suspected cases, especially since many fear on the part of older persons may not speak up for fear of reprisals – or to protect family members from criminal prosecution.


Myanmar: UN expert urges Government to do more to protect rights of all children

15 June – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Myanmar to do more to protect children in the country, citing cases of detention and alleged incidents of child labour and marriage.


UN expert urges 'bold action' to address raft of human rights abuses in Eritrea

15 June – Actions against severe human rights abuses meted out to Eritrean citizens must not be delayed, a United Nations rights expert has warned in a new report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.


Independent UN probe reveals 'cruel and brutal nature' of human rights violations in Burundi

15 June – A United Nations-appointed panel of experts investigating human rights violations in Burundi today released the latest findings of their probe, noting that their initial fears concerning the scope and gravity of these abuses since April 2015 have been confirmed.


Head of UN human rights inquiry decries 'disastrous' civilian death toll in Syria

14 June – Conflict in Syria continues to rage with “disastrous consequences” for civilians who continue to bear the brunt of the six-year war, the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights investigation said today.


UN rights chief urges dialogue among Qatar and countries involved in diplomatic dispute

14 June – Voicing alarm over the possible impact on the rights of people in the wake of decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain to cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, the top United Nations human rights official called on all States involved to urgently resolve the dispute.