News by topic: Human Rights


‘Stand up for someone’s rights today,’ UN urges on Human Rights Day

9 December – Upholding human rights is in the interest of all and are at the heart of the work and identify of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed ahead of Human Rights Day, calling on the international community to “stand up for someone’s right today, tomorrow and every day.”


Human rights violations in DPR Korea ‘warning signs of instability and conflict,’ Security Council told

9 December – Citing human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), senior United Nations officials today highlighted the need for the Security Council to pay attention to the situation “of great concern.”


Honouring victims of genocide, UN chief decries attempts to separate people into ‘us and them’

9 December – Marking the second International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon today urged Member States to honour those victims by “working even harder against expressions of hatred, intolerance, racism and xenophobia.”


Conflict in Ukraine continues to take civilian toll – UN human rights report

8 December – A new United Nations report out today has confirmed that Ukrainians living close to the “contact line” – the area between Government-controlled and armed group-controlled territory in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions – not only suffer due to fighting near their homes but also face the threat of landmines and unexploded ordinance as well as have to contend with severe restrictions on movement.


New UN report urges action to end 'unimaginable suffering' for separated families on Korean peninsula

7 December – A new report from the United Nations human rights wing calls attention to more than 60 years of separation between families on the Korean peninsula, and urges action in order to alleviate the suffering of families.


UN rights expert urges Australians to stand up against country's 'alarming' hate speech and racism

7 December – The United Nations human rights expert on contemporary forms of racism today urged all Australians – from the Government to the media and civil society – to stand up against “alarming” hate speech and racism racial discrimination in the country, especially against indigenous people, refugees, migrants, and Muslims.


United Nations news in brief: 6 December 2016

6 December – Following are brief summaries of some of today’s news stories from around the UN system. Click on the links provided for more detailed coverage.


United Nations news in brief: 5 December 2016

5 December – Following are brief summaries of some of today’s news stories from around the UN system. Click on the links provided for more detailed coverage.


Decade after global treaty's adoption, persons with disabilities still at ‘grave disadvantage’ – Ban

2 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the challenges people with disabilities face despite progress made since the adoption of a global treaty to promote their rights a decade ago.


On International Day, UN spotlights need to combat forced labour, particularly of children

2 December – Noting that the number of children engaged in the worst forms of child labour has decreased and frameworks to tackle contemporary slavery and trafficking have expanded, senior United Nations officials, including the Secretary-General and the head of the UN labour agency, today called for concerted action to save those who remain trapped in extreme exploitation, abuse and violence, including sexual and gender-based violence.