News by topic: Human Rights


FEATURE: Highlighting ‘positive impact’ of migration key to changing policies, public opinion – UN envoy

28 April – Recognizing that the issue of large movements of refugees and migrants is too vast for any one country to handle on its own, the United Nations convened a meeting of world leaders in September 2016 with the aim of finding durable solutions. At the summit, all 193 Member States came together around one plan, the New York Declaration, expressing their political will to save lives, protect rights and share responsibility on a global scale.


With two executions of minors looming, UN rights experts urge Iran to halt death penalty

28 April – At least 90 people on death row in Iran are under the age of 18, United Nations human rights experts today said, urging authorities to abide with international law and immediately stop these executions.


UN rights office troubled by accelerated executions in US with expiring drug a factor

28 April – The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern about the executions of four men in the United States state of Arkansas, which were reportedly done within the span of eight days to make use of an expiring lethal injection drug.


Indigenous peoples are ‘moral compass of humanity,’ special UN General Assembly meeting told

25 April – Endorsement of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples does not equal implementation, speakers told the UN General Assembly today at a special meeting to celebrate the Declaration’s tenth anniversary and renew commitment to its tenets as a vital solution towards attaining a just and sustainable world.


UNESCO launches first-ever policy guide on Holocaust education and genocide prevention

24 April – The United Nations educational and cultural agency has launched a first-ever policy guide for education on the Holocaust and, more broadly, genocide and mass atrocities.


Status of declaration on indigenous peoples' rights in spotlight as UN forum opens in New York

24 April – Speaking at the opening of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, senior UN officials today underscored the need to do more to ensure that indigenous peoples are able to benefit from global development agenda, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan tortured, ill-treated in government facilities – UN

24 April – A record number of people detained by Afghan police say that have been tortured or ill-treated in the past year, according to a new United Nations report, which notes however that the Afghan Government has committed to eliminating torture and ill-treatment in national detention facilities.


Accountability for rights abuses in South Sudan 'more important than ever,' says senior UN official

23 April – A lack of accountability for crimes perpetrated during the ongoing conflict in South Sudan remains one of the country's “biggest challenges,” the Human Rights Director for the United Nations Mission (UNMISS) said today as he wrapped up a visit to the north-western Wau region.


UN envoy welcomes restored Internet service in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions

21 April – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa was relieved to learn that Cameroon President Paul Biya instructed that full internet services be restored in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon.


Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert

21 April – A United Nations human rights expert has urged Cuba to consider introducing new legislation to ensure that everyone who falls victim to trafficking in persons can be identified and helped, and the authorities can take action against offenders.