News by topic: Human Rights


Unrest in eastern Ukraine risks ‘seriously destabilizing’ entire country – UN rights official

16 April – The ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine, if not addressed as a matter of priority, risks seriously destabilizing the rest of the country, a senior United Nations human rights official warned the Security Council today, as he also urged steps to counter misinformation and bring to an end all incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence.


Rwandan genocide: Security Council told failure of political will led to ‘cascade of human tragedy’

16 April – The Security Council today marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by calling on all countries to recommit to prevent and fight such serious crimes, as a senior United Nations official warned that many of today’s conflicts reveal that protection of populations from atrocities remains “lagging and elusive.”


Argentine jail conditions violated rights of prisoner with disabilities, UN panel finds

16 April – A United Nations human rights panel said today that Argentine authorities failed to ensure that a prisoner with disabilities was able to use prison facilities and services on an equal basis with other detainees, and urged them to take steps to rectify the situation.


UN rights expert urges United Kingdom to step up response to violence against women

16 April – Violence against women remains a pervasive challenge in the United Kingdom and a more comprehensive and targeted response is needed to address the scourge, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today after a two-week mission to the country.


Pepsi joins Coke in support of UN-backed guidelines on local peoples’ right to land, livelihoods

15 April – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that PepsiCo has joined the Coca-Cola Company in giving its official support to a set of global guidelines that protect the rights of poor and vulnerable people to land, livelihoods and food security.


UN rights expert urges Israel to prevent takeover of West Bank building by settlers

15 April – An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over Al-Rajabi House, a building in the West Bank city of Hebron that was built by Palestinian families but whose ownership was granted to the settlers after a protracted legal battle.


Ukraine: UN rights office urges halt to propaganda, incitement to hatred

15 April – While corruption and widespread inequality were among the root causes of the massive street protests that erupted last year in Ukraine, the fear-mongering and incitement to hatred that have followed must be urgently countered to avoid further escalation of tensions in the country, states a United Nations human rights report issued today.


Iran: UN rights expert urges immediate halt to woman’s execution

14 April – A United Nations independent expert has issued a strong call on the Government of Iran to halt tomorrow’s scheduled execution of an Iranian woman said to be the victim of physical and sexual assault, seriously concerned that she did not receive a fair trial.


Nepal: UN official concerned at new attempt to grant amnesties for human rights abuses

14 April – The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today voiced grave concern at a bill presented to the Nepalese Parliament which could lead to amnesties for serious human rights violations, saying it would weaken the foundation for a genuine peace in the country.


UN rights chief condemns rampant use of torture by Syrian forces, opposition groups

14 April – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the rampant use of torture, including allegedly of children, in detention facilities across Syria by Government forces and some armed opposition groups.