Americas

Chile: Apology for sterilizing HIV-positive women in moment of ‘reproductive justice’

The head of the UN agency leading the fight against HIV/AIDS, welcomed on Friday a public apology from Chile on a landmark case of involuntary sterilization of women living with HIV.

States urged to do more to help Haitians fleeing insecurity by sea

Amid growing insecurity and gang violence in Haiti, the numbers of desperate people resorting to risky sea crossings has sharply increased. On Friday the UN called for regional Governments to step up protection for refugees.

First Person: Sweet taste of modern beekeeping

Beekeepers in the southern Haitian commune of Bonbon are creating a buzz around honey in an area which is recovering from an earthquake in 2021.

Americas: Rising COVID-19 caseload should be a ‘wake-up call’

COVID-19 rates are on the rise in the Americas, where new infections and fatalities have been steadily increasing over the past four weeks, the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. 

Haiti: Armed violence reaches ‘unimaginable and intolerable levels’

A surge in violence fuelled by heavily armed gangs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, prompted the UN rights chief on Tuesday to express her deep concern over its severe impact on human rights across the Caribbean nation.

Mexico’s 100,000 ‘disappeared’ is a tragedy, says UN rights chief Bachelet

The news that more than 100,000 people in Mexico are now officially registered as “disappeared” is a tragedy, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday, in a call for action to tackle the country’s longstanding problem.

Building peace, one project at a time in Colombia

A group of former combatants with the FARC rebel group in Colombia have been reflecting on five years of peace and community building in a locality called Tierra Grata, which translates as “pleasant land”

Ecuador: Latest prison riot highlights need for criminal justice reform

The latest deadly prison violence in Ecuador has again highlighted the urgent need for a comprehensive reform of the country’s criminal justice system, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday. 

Nicaragua: New law heralds damaging crackdown on civil society, UN warns

Under the guise of preventing money-laundering and cutting off terrorist financing, a new law in Nicaragua further restricts the functioning of civil society, “contrary to the country’s human rights obligations”, the spokesperson for the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Monday.

Peru: Lethal force by police officers must be barred from peaceful demonstrations

Peru has failed to protect the rights of two fleeing demonstrators who were shot dead when police opened fire on a non-violent march in February 2008, the UN Human Rights Committee said in a decision published on Friday.