News by topic: Human Rights


Prohibition of enforced disappearance is 'absolute,' UN declares, urging action to ramp-up searches for missing

30 August – Marking the fourth International Day of Forced Disappearances, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the “alarming” number of acts by that are tantamount to enforced disappearances and appealed to all Member States to ratify or accede to the legal instrument prohibiting such acts.


UN experts urge Sudan to overturn ‘outrageous conviction’ for indecent dressing

28 August – A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have voiced alarm after a female Sudanese student was sentenced to public flogging and a heavy fine for charges of “indecent dressing,” while another received a hefty fine for the same charges, and urged that the convictions be overturned immediately.


UN human rights office calls on Colombia and Venezuela to resolve border situation through dialogue

28 August – Concerned over the situation at the border between Colombia and Venezuela, particularly reports of human rights violations occurring in the context of deportations of Colombians, the United Nations human rights office called today on the authorities in both countries to ensure the situation is resolved through “calm discussion and dialogue, firmly grounded in their obligations under international human rights law and refugee law.”


Urging end to 'delaying' tactics, UN rights experts call for fairness in Guatemala's genocide trial

27 August – United Nations experts on genocide prevention and transitional justice today called on Guatemalan judicial authorities to “prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law,” when the genocide trial against the country's former de facto Head of State, and the former chief of intelligence resumes in January 2016.


Concerned by ongoing political violence in Nepal, UN rights office urges peaceful resolution to crisis

25 August – Voicing concern over continuing political violence and killing of protestors in Nepal, the United Nations human rights office today called on the authorities to respect dissenting voices and seek a peaceful solution with demonstrators.


UN human rights chief urges Maldives to consider release of imprisoned former President

25 August – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed deep concern that Government of the Maldives after former President Mohammad Nasheed was once again sent to prison, calling the move a “serious set-back” for the country.


UN rights experts condemn latest prison sentencing of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan

21 August – Condemning the recent prison sentencing of two prominent Azerbaijani human rights defenders, United Nations human rights experts today expressed concern about the activists’ health during their pre-trial detention and called on the Government to immediately halt any persecution against human rights advocates.


UN human rights chief urges end to ‘endemic impunity’ for violations in Darfur

21 August – A new United Nations report paints a grim picture of “systemic failure, or outright refusal” by authorities in Darfur to take human rights violations seriously and points to the failure of initiatives taken so far by the Government to combat “endemic impunity.”


Mauritania: UN expert welcomes new anti-slavery law, says effective enforcement is key

21 August – While applauding the adoption of a new anti-slavery law in Mauritania that doubles, from 10 to 20 years, the maximum prison sentence for slavery crimes and creates special prosecution tribunals for slavery-like practices, a United Nations expert today cautioned that “this welcome development needs to be followed by its full implementation.”


Following Tianjin explosion, UN expert calls on China to ensure transparent investigation

20 August – The Government of China and relevant businesses in the country should ensure complete transparency in the investigation of the chemical disaster in Tianjin, including both causes and effects of the explosion, says an independent United Nations human rights expert.