News by topic: Human Rights


UN rights expert welcomes US decision to lift most unilateral sanctions on Sudan

19 January – A United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the decision of President Barack Obama to lift most sanctions unilaterally imposed by the United States on Sudan.


UN rights expert urges Saudi Arabia to use economic plan to bolster women’s rights

19 January – An independent United Nations expert today urged Saudi officials to use their bold new plan for economic transformation to improve the human rights of women and the poor.


Following Chelsea Manning’s commutation, UN expert urges pardons for other whistleblowers

18 January – Welcoming the commutation of United States army officer Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence for leaking classified military documents, a United Nations independents human rights expert today called on Governments to recognize the contributions of whistleblowers and pardon those serving prison sentences.


Diversity ‘is richness, not a threat,’ UN chief Guterres tells forum on combatting anti-Muslim discrimination

17 January – In a message to an event spotlighting the growing challenges of anti-Muslim discrimination as well as hatred in various contexts, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appealed today for drawing strength from the principles of inclusion, tolerance and mutual understanding to recognize the value of diversity.


Killings, rapes in South Sudan continued 'unabated' after July 2016 violence, UN reports

16 January – Hundreds of people were killed in South Sudan during an outbreak of violence last July and more than 200 people were raped, according to a United Nations report today released which emphasizes the need for accountability and justice for those human rights violations.


UN rights chief urges executives gathering in Davos to stand up for human rights

13 January – The top United Nations human rights official today called on business leaders gathering at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in the Swiss town of Davos next week to use their considerable influence to stand up for human rights and prevent rights violations in countries where they operate.


Pakistan: UN expert calls for return of four disappeared human rights and social media activists

11 January – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Pakistani authorities to make it a top priority to locate, protect and return home four disappeared human rights and social media campaigners.


Iran: UN rights expert warns prisoners of conscience at risk of death after prolonged hunger strike

9 January – Raising alarm over the health of several prisoners of conscience in Iran, who have been on a prolonged hunger strike contesting the legality of their detention, the United Nations expert on the human rights situation there urged the authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release all those who have been arbitrarily arrested, detained and prosecuted for exercising their rights.


UN rights expert to assess potential abuses in northern Myanmar

6 January – An independent United Nations expert will assess the human rights situation in Myanmar starting next week, it was announced, following increasing concerns about civilians in Kachin State and the escalating violence in Rakhine State.


UN experts criticize Ecuador’s ‘strategy to asphyxiate’ civil society human rights groups

30 December – Five United Nations human rights experts have condemned Ecuador for suppressing civil society following a Government order to close a non-governmental organization (NGO) that supports environmental and indigenous rights.