UN rights office welcomes Nebraska as latest US state to abolish death penalty

Welcoming Nebraska as the nineteenth state in the United States to abolish the death penalty, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today urged the Federal Government to engage with those states retaining the policy towards achieving a nationwide moratorium as a first step to abolition.

UN Latin America commission chief welcomes visit of China premier, looks forward to closer ties

The head of the United Nations’ regional commission in Latin America and the Caribbean has met with the Premier of China, and looked forward to greater cooperation and a deeper relationship with the Asian country.

Canada’s deportation of Jamaican man with mental disability ‘cruel treatment’ – UN experts

After examining the case, a United Nations Committee has found that Canada’s deportation of a Jamaican man with a mental disability who had spent much of his life in Canada amounted to cruel and inhuman treatment, effectively leaving him without medical and family support.

Haiti: senior UN official says cholera outbreak needs ‘urgent attention’

The cholera outbreak in Haiti remains the largest in recent world history, according to the United Nations official coordinating the Organization’s cholera response in the country, yet the health crisis has fallen off the international agenda after having ceased appearing in the media.

UNESCO chief denounces the murder of Mexican journalist

While stressing the need to end impunity of crimes against media workers, the head of the United Nations agency charged with promoting press freedom urged today a full inquiry into the killing of journalist Armando Saldaña Morales in Mexico.

Paraguay: UN experts deplore Government’s failure to protect 10-year-old rape survivor

The Government of Paraguay has failed in its responsibility to protect a 10-year old sexual abuse survivor and provide her with critical and timely treatments, including a “safe and therapeutic” abortion, a group of United Nations experts said today.

Ban condemns Texas shooting, says ‘ideas must be defended through democratic debate and dialogue’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday’s shooting in Texas that injured a law enforcement officer, reiterating that such criminal acts have nothing to do with religion or belief.