News by topic: Human Rights


DR Congo: UN rights chief names international investigators on Kasai abuses

26 July – The United Nations human rights chief today named three international experts to investigate reports of killings, mutilations, rapes and other abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) restive Kasai provinces.


Back from visit to Myanmar, independent UN rights expert says situation 'worsening'

24 July – While no one expects an overnight transition to democracy in Myanmar, there has to be real progress on human rights, an independent United Nations expert today said, highlighting reported killings, tortures, and an “ongoing humanitarian crisis” for the Rohingya people and other minorities.


Sri Lanka: UN chief congratulates government on setting up office of missing persons

20 July – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today congratulated the Sri Lankan Government for setting up an Office of Missing Persons (OMP), “an important step for all Sri Lankans who are still looking for the truth about their loved ones.”


UN agency seeks $421M to support alternatives for refugees, migrants crossing to Europe

18 July – The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for about $421.2 million to help improve protection of refugees and migrants crossing the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, and to back European countries working to assist asylum seekers.


Libya: UN rights arm sounds alarm for safety of prisoners at imminent risk of torture

18 July – The United Nations human rights arm today voiced deep concern for the safety of individuals taken prisoner by members of the Libyan army after recent fighting in Benghazi, noting that they may be at imminent risk of torture and even summary execution.


UNESCO chief calls for probe into killing of Honduran video journalist in Mexico

18 July – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the recent murder of a Honduran journalist in Mexico.


UN rights group concludes evaluation of Palestinians living under occupation

17 July – A committee of United Nations experts has completed its annual evaluation of the situation of people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, hearing serious concerns about Israel’s human rights record, including the deteriorating situation in Gaza, inadequate protection for detained children and increasing obstacles being faced by human rights defenders and journalists.


Civilians continue to bear the brunt of Afghanistan's 'ugly war' – UN report

17 July – Civilians lives – including those of women and children – continue to be lost at record high levels amid a worsening toll of suicide attacks, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said today, calling on anti-government forces to stop indiscriminate attacks against civilians as well as on the Government to stop using mortars and rockets in populated areas.


Faith central to hope and resilience, highlights UN chief, launching initiative to combat atrocities

14 July – Voicing concern over the abuse of religion to justify incitement to violence and discrimination, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today underscored the importance of religious leaders in preventing violence and contributing to peace and stability.


Ahead of Sunday's consultation in Venezuela, UN voices concern for demonstrators

14 July – The United Nations today expressed concern about the situation in Venezuela, where nearly 100 people have died since April and more than 1,500 were injured in connection with ongoing protests.