News in Brief 05 July 2017 - AM

5 July 2017

North Korea missile test “another brazen violation”: UN chief

The launch on Tuesday of what North Korea said was an intercontinental ballistic missile, has been described by the UN chief as “another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions”.

Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement issued by his Spokesperson, that this latest launch by North Korea, also known as the DPRK, “constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation”.

Mr Guterres added that the DPRK leadership “must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations”.

News reports said this latest long-range missile test - part of North Korea’s nuclear weapons development programme – took place over the Sea of Japan.

The United States and South Korea conducted a joint ballistic missile exercise on Wednesday, in response to DPRK’s actions.

The Security Council was due to meet in emergency session on Wednesday, after unanimously adopting a resolution last month, extending the range of sanctions against individuals and entities from the country.

Haiti human rights report highlights “cruel and inhuman” prison conditions

The final human rights report from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the UN Human Rights Office, highlights continuing “cruel and inhuman” prison conditions in the country.

MINUSTAH is to be replaced by a new mission, and the report covers an 18-month period up to the end of last year.

Human Rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said that the return to functioning parliamentary democracy in the last few years provided a “unique opportunity” to address “long-standing human rights challenges”.

He described the prison conditions as “particularly disturbing” and said more efforts needed to be made to address the root causes, together with wider legal reform.

The report also highlights the lack of accountability as a driver of impunity, citing “widespread illegal or arbitrary arrests” by police.

Zeid said the report provided important guidance to the authorities on improving human rights for all Haitians.

Spain violated right to housing of family, UN experts find

Spain violated the right to housing of a family with young children, when they were evicted from a rented room, without alternative housing being offered.

That’s the verdict of a group of UN experts from the Geneva-based Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The couple from Madrid, lodged a complaint with the committee, after they were thrown out of their home in 2013, along with their children aged one and three.

The couple’s unemployment benefits were stopped the previous year, and they were unable to afford the rent.

Although their eviction by court order was legal, the authorities should have rehoused them, said the experts.

“Families in developed and developing countries are faced with similar situations” said UN expert on the committee, Rodrigo Uprimny.

He said the decision reaffirmed that all people have the right to housing and that “states have a duty to ensure that their evictions do no render them homeless”.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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