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States must not sacrifice human rights of migrants for security concerns: UN expert

With a northbound caravan of hundreds of Central Americans reportedly crossing into Mexico on Saturday, Felipe Gonzalez, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, has called on states not to sacrifice human rights for security concerns.

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Private sector 'should not take lead in poverty alleviation'

The private sector “should not take the lead in poverty alleviation” but it should remain a key obligation of governments to improve the life of the poorest people across the world according to Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.  Mr. Alston believes countries like the United States are increasingly allowing profit-driven private companies, to run services for the estimated 40 million people who live in poverty in the US.  Daniel Dickinson sat down with Philip Alston to discuss his role as an independent observer of poverty.

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‘Change in attitudes’ needed in peacekeeping planning if more women are to play their part

Female peacekeepers are recognized by the United Nations as being central to the success of the organization’s 14 missions around the world, but substantially increasing the overall number of women remains an elusive goal.  Ahead of a UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) event, Ann Blomberg from The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, DCAF, spoke with UN News.

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PODCAST: Why should young people care about the UN?

How can the United Nations, created in the aftermath of the Second World War, stay relevant to young people today?

At this year’s High-Level Week of the General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General launched the Youth2030 Strategy, an ambitious plan to get the UN to step up its support for the empowerment of young people, and harness their talents for the global good.

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News in Brief 19 October 2018

  • Aid continues to arrive in quake-hit Indonesia, devastation ‘beyond imagination’
  • Mass migrant march from Honduras may overwhelm authorities, warns UNHCR
  • Yemen cyclone kills three as UN food agency calls for US$117 million for next six months
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News in Brief 18 October 2018

  • UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted and abused in South Sudan
  • ‘More time’ agreed for buffer zone, to spare three million Syrian civilians in Idlib
  • Under fire, UN refugee agency evacuates 135 detained in Libya to Niger
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Torture and abuse may be banned, but eradication a long way off – UN rights expert

“The world is still plagued by torture” and there is an increasing acceptance of the idea” that such an “abhorrent practice should be permissible in certain circumstances, or against certain groups”.  That is what UN Special Rapporteur on torture Professor Nils Melzer told the United Nations General Assembly this week. Professor Melzer spoke with UN News's Lidiya Loukinykh.

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UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted in South Sudan

South Sudan must bring to justice the military forces responsible for abducting more than 900 men, women and children from the east of the country, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Thursday.  Hundreds of people are still missing from Gbudue and Tambura states, both of which are in Western Equatoria region, OHCHR said in a report co-authored with UN peacekeeping mission, UNMISS.  OHCHR’s Julie de Rivero spoke with UN News's Daniel Johnson.

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Security Council must do more to stop misuse of counter-terrorism laws, says UN-appointed expert

The UN must do more to prevent counter-terrorism laws from being misused to quash legitimate dissent and limit freedom of expression, says UN-appointed expert on counter-terrorism, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin.

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New UN rights chief vows to raise her voice for women, boost partnerships

Twice-president of Chile, paediatrician and former political prisoner, Michelle Bachelet, is now UN human rights chief, and promising to raise her voice for women and the vulnerable, across the world.  In her early life, she was detained and tortured under the Chilean dictatorship and later worked as head of the medical department for an NGO helping child torture survivors.  She sat down with UN News's Laura Quiñones.

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