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Venezuela: UN rights wing urges calm ahead of controversial weekend polls

The United Nations human rights office expressed deep concern today at the risk of further violence in Venezuela, where elections for a Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolas Maduro are due to be held on Sunday.

Human rights defenders in Viet Nam should 'never be treated as criminals,' says UN rights office

The United Nations rights office expressed concern today over the intensifying crackdown in Viet Nam against human rights defenders who have questioned or criticized the Government and its policies.

UN peacekeeping chief warns Security Council about insecurity in Central African Republic

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations has warned that the increased intensity of attacks on civilians and peacekeepers is bringing Central African Republic (CAR) to the tipping point.

INTERVIEW: Preparing for Tripoli, new UN envoy in Libya seeks to work with Libyans

Set to arrive in Libya next week, the new United Nations Special Representative said that he was coming to Tripoli to work with the Libyans, in an attempt to help find a solution out of the political crisis that led to the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and pushed the country into a crisis that sees thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing to Europe and other countries in Africa.

UN chief condemns DPR Korea's latest launch of ballistic missile

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned today's launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Tanzania: Attacks on persons with albinism decline; local attitudes must change, UN expert finds

Welcoming a drop in the number of reported attacks against people with albinism, a United Nations human rights expert has concluded that this group of people in rural Tanzania continue to live in fear amid widespread attitudes that lead to violence against them.

UN expert urges two Koreas to discuss human rights

The proposed resumption of dialogue between the two Koreas is an opportunity to discuss and improve the human rights situation in the North, a United Nations expert has said at the end of his second visit to the South.

Migrant workers in south-east Asia lack access to fair, responsive legal remedies – UN report

Access to justice is often out of reach for migrant workers in South-east Asia, the United Nations labour agency reported today in a study that shows non-governmental organizations assisting more often than Government officials or trade unions.

UN chief welcomes news crisis in Jerusalem's Old City has been 'defused'

After days of mounting tensions over the situation around Jerusalem's holy sites, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today welcomed news that the crisis in the Old City has been defused.

'Sustainable, inclusive societies,' priority for new President of UN economic and social body

A week after the High-Level Political Forum (HPLF) assessed progress on implementing the 2030 Agenda, the newly elected President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOSC) has stressed her priority to push forward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).