News by topic: Human Rights


UN rights office warns of severe lack of funding for human rights body for the Americas

27 May – The United Nations human rights office today said it is disturbed by the severe financial crisis the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is facing, warning that the Commission's capacity to respond to victims of rights violations across the Americas may be seriously diminished if it doesn't receive the necessary funding in the coming weeks.


Justice and accountability ‘critical components’ for lasting peace in Libya – ICC Prosecutor

26 May – Justice, accountability and the deterrent effects of the law remain “critical components” for achieving lasting peace in Libya, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the United Nations Security Council today, encouraging the country’s Government to give priority to devising effective plans and strategies to address atrocity crimes, and to invest in the relevant national institutions responsible for such work.


On Africa Day, Ban urges leveraging gains to ensure ‘no African is left behind’

25 May – Despite an uncertain global economic landscape, Africa’s prospects are positive, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the continent’s leaders to use recent gains to address rising social and economic inequalities.


Citing obstruction, UN torture prevention panel suspends Ukraine visit

25 May – The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has suspended its visit to Ukraine after being denied access to places in several parts of the country where it suspects people are being deprived of their liberty by the Security Service of Ukraine, the SBU.


UNESCO welcomes Azerbaijan’s decision to free investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova

25 May – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has welcomed Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court decision to free an award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova.


UN rights office 'deeply concerned' about possible imminent executions in Gaza

25 May – Expressing concern about possible imminent executions in Gaza, the United Nations human rights office today urged the authorities in Gaza to uphold their obligations to respect the rights to life and to a fair trial and not carry out death penalty.


Iraq: UN human rights office urges investigation into use of force against protestors

24 May – The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Iraq to immediately conduct an independent, transparent and effective investigation into the use of force by security forces against protestors outside the Green Zone in Baghdad this past week.


Burundi: UN probe completes on-the-ground deployment of human rights monitors

24 May – The United Nations Independent Investigation in Burundi, which was set up to investigate human rights violations in the country since April 2015, said today it has completed the deployment of a team of human rights monitors on the ground.


Argentina: UN rights expert urges immediate action to address exclusion of indigenous peoples

24 May – The United Nations human rights expert on racism today urged the Government of Argentina to take urgent measures to sustainably address the invisibility, marginalization and systematic exclusion of indigenous peoples in the country.


UN rights office ‘appalled’ by Iran’s sentencing of anti-death penalty campaigner

20 May – The United Nations human rights arm today denounced Iran’s sentencing of an already-imprisoned human right defender, Nargis Mohammadi, to 16 years in prison, calling for the immediate release of her and all those detained for merely exercising their human rights.