News by topic: Human Rights


UN experts urge Dominican Republic to protect women's rights to reproductive health

27 July – Expressing serious concern over the proposed penal code amendment that would criminalize abortions, United Nations human rights experts today urged the Dominican Republic's President and legislators to protect women's rights to sexual and reproductive health in the Caribbean country.


Indonesia: UN rights chief urges region's 'most prolific executioner' to end practice

27 July – The United Nations human rights chief today expressed alarm at reports that up to 14 people face imminent execution in Indonesia, most of them for drug-related offences, calling on the authorities of “the most prolific executioner” in Southeast Asia to immediately reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty.


Thailand: UN rights expert warns against curbs on free speech ahead of major vote

26 July – The United Nations human rights expert on freedom of opinion and expression has condemned recent Government clampdown over public and social media expressions in Thailand ahead of a constitutional referendum scheduled for 7 August.


UN launches e-learning training to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse

22 July – The United Nations department providing logistical support to field missions announced today the launch of a new mandatory online programme for all uniformed and civilian personnel to strengthen training on the standards of conduct, with a special focus on sexual exploitation and abuse.


UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Ukraine

22 July – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing of award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet and urged the authorities to bring those responsible for the crime to justice.


As DR Congo polls approach, UN rights chief warns of threats to free speech, public assembly

21 July – Concluding a four-day mission to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, today commended the country's efforts to strengthen human rights but cautioned that some of these advances may be under threat, especially what he saw as repression against opposition parties in the coming elections.


South Sudan: UN human rights expert calls for the release of journalist Alfred Taban

21 July – A United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of South Sudan to immediately release Alfred Taban, a prominent journalist and chief editor of the daily English newspaper, Juba Monitor.


UN rights chief 'deeply troubled' by conviction of land reform activists in Paraguay

20 July – The United Nations human rights chief today expressed concern over the recent ruling by the Court in Paraguay that convicted 11 land reform protestors, calling on the country's authorities to take urgent measures to ensure fair, independent investigations and guarantee access to justice.


UN rights office raises concern about Israel's 'NGO Transparency Law'

19 July – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed concern about the so-called “NGO Transparency law” in Israel, saying it would disproportionately affect non-governmental organizations working on human rights and contribute to their de-legitimization.


UN rights office urges Bahrain to review dissolution of opposition party

19 July – The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep regret over a Bahraini court decision to dissolve Al Wefaq, the country's largest opposition group, and urged the country's authorities to review the latest and other bans on organizations that were peacefully exercising their rights.