News by topic: Human Rights


On International Day, UN chief urges end to 'dehumanizing' practice for victims of torture

26 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has today expressed support for and solidarity with the victims of torture and their families throughout the world, and underscored that torture must never be used under any circumstances, including during conflict or when national security is under threat.


UN experts urge Israeli lawmakers to halt proposed legislation targeting civil society groups

24 June – Three United Nations human rights experts today urged Israeli lawmakers not to approve the bill that would, in effect, target non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are critical of Government policy.


Detention, heavy fines for artistic expression in Iran ‘unacceptable,’ say UN rights experts

24 June – UN human rights experts on cultural rights and on freedom of expression have expressed concern at the imprisonment and imposition of heavy fines against three artists in the Islamic Republic of Iran earlier this month and have called for their immediate release.


Ban appoints Ivan Šimonovic as special adviser on the responsibility to protect

23 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Ivan Šimonović of Croatia as his Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect.


UN rights experts stress need for protection of LGBT people in places of detention

23 June – Ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, UN human rights experts highlighted the lack of policies and methods to recognise people’s self-identified gender, and the need to carry out proper risk assessments in order to protect LGBTI people from stigmatization and violence in detention.


UN pays tribute to British parliamentarian Jo Cox

22 June – Standing up for values and principles that unite us – not divide us – and never succumbing to violent provocations in today’s world is vital so that extremists and perpetrators do not declare victory, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General emphasized today at a ceremony in tribute to Jo Cox, the United Kingdom Member of Parliament who was killed this past week.


Bahrain: UN special adviser stresses urgency of de-escalating tensions sparked by protests

22 June – Noting the new protests and increased tensions in Bahrain triggered by the revocation of the citizenship of a prominent Shia religious leader, a senior United Nations human rights advisor called on the Government to ensure that the right to freedom of peaceful assembly is fully respected and that any response to the protests is in accordance with the country’s obligations under international human rights law.


Disarming armed groups, civilian protection crucial for Central African Republic – UN expert

22 June – Concluding her seventh visit in the country, Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Central African Republic (CAR), expressed concern about the threats from armed groups and large-scale banditry to the protection of civilians, natural resources and to the crisis recovery process.


UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Texas

22 June – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the killing of Jacinto Hernández Torres, also known as Jay Torres, a Spanish-language journalist in Texas.


‘Permission-based’ public life regime has nearly paralyzed civic freedoms in Belarus – UN expert

21 June – A senior United Nations expert on human rights in Belarus warned today that several generations have grown up in the country “with no experience of what the words ‘pluralism,’ ‘labour rights,’ ‘free enterprise,’ ‘free artistic creation’ or ‘free media’ mean in reality.”