News by topic: Human Rights


El Salvador: UN expert calls on Government to protect victims of contemporary slavery

29 April – A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of El Salvador to develop and implement a wide range of initiatives to protect the victims of contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced labour and domestic servitude.


Mozambique: UN reports ‘worrying’ information about human rights violations

29 April – The United Nations human rights office said today it has received “worrying information” about ongoing armed clashes in Mozambique between national security forces and members of Renamo, the former rebel group which became the main opposition party at the end of the 16-year civil war in 1992.


In Malawi, people with albinism face ‘total extinction’– UN rights expert

29 April – A United Nations human rights expert today warned that the atrocities faced by persons with albinism in Malawi render them “an endangered people group facing a risk of systemic extinction over time if nothing is done.”


'Monstrous disregard' for civilians, says UN rights chief, as hospitals bombed in Syria

29 April – The United Nations human rights chief today said that the latest reports of civilian deaths and injuries in Syria, including bombings of marketplaces and medical facilities, reveal a “monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties to the conflict,” calling for urgent action by all relevant actors to resolve to help the people of Syria.


In address to Austrian Parliament, Ban urges 'cooperative approach' to EU asylum policies

28 April – From its leadership on major United Nations bodies to its peacekeepers in the field, development aid and defence of human rights, Austria is a very important, vital member of the world community, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during an address to the Parliament of Austria earlier today in Geneva.


PODCAST: Hunting a war criminal from the former Yugoslavia

28 April – Two policemen working for the United Nations in the 1990s who were tasked with tracking down alleged war criminals from the former Yugoslavia have been talking about the “horror stories” they heard from the families of victims.


UN rights chief condemns spate of assassinations in Burundi

27 April – The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the increasing number of attacks against high-level officials in Burundi and called for proper investigations to be carried out.


UN rights office deplores death sentence against Mauritanian blogger

26 April – The United Nations human rights office today deplored the confirmation of the death sentence for apostasy against a Mauritanian blogger, Mohammad Ould M’Kaitir, by the appellate court on 21 April.


BAKU: German community integration project wins UN intercultural innovation award

26 April – A project platform and network that makes social engagement and neighbourhood work accessible to Berlin's large non-German speaking population – winner of an intercultural innovation award at a United Nations forum in Baku today – was sparked by one woman's own migrant experience and the rise of xenophobia in Europe.


UN rights office urges Mexico to consider recommendations on case of missing students

26 April – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today urged the Government of Mexico to take into serious consideration the recommendations made recently by a group of independent experts regarding the case of the enforced disappearance in Iguala of 43 students and the killing of six others in 2014.