Haiti: two UN female police officers found dead in their house

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has announced the death of two female police officers, whose bodies were found in their house in the northern town of Cap-Haïtien.

Ban, concerned over political uncertainty in Haiti, urges transfer of power through polls

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern today over growing political uncertainty in Haiti and urged the two candidates in the presidential run-off there to help the electoral process move forward while preserving the country’s democratic gains.

Ban hails commitment by Costa Rica, Nicaragua to abide by UN court’s ruling on border dispute

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the commitment by Costa Rica and Nicaragua to abide by the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on their border dispute.

UN officials hail Colombian accord on conflict victims for acknowledging violence suffered by women

The “breakthrough” agreement signed this week by the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) on victims of the decades-long conflict also acknowledges the various forms of violence that women have suffered and removes amnesties for the most serious crimes such as sexual violence, two senior United Nations officials said today.

Economic development in Brazil should not come at the expense of human rights – UN expert

Brazil needs to find a better balance between economic interest and the protection of human rights in its pursuit of economic growth, advised a member of a United Nations expert working group on business and human rights at the end of an official visit today.

UN rights chief urges Cuba to halt harassment of activists and respect human rights

The top United Nations human rights official expressed concern today over the extremely high number of arbitrary arrests and short-term detentions of individuals, including human rights defenders and dissidents, in Cuba in recent weeks.

Women in US lagging behind in human rights, UN experts report after ‘myth-shattering’ visit

While praising the current United States administration for its commitment to women’s equality, United Nations experts warned today that the extreme polarization of US politics is “profoundly” affecting the Government’s ability to guarantee women’s human rights, and even to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

UN expert urges Brazilian Government to ensure timely access to safe drinking in wake after dam collapse

Hundreds of thousands of people affected in catastrophic collapse of a mining dam in southeastern Brazil still lack full access to safe drinking water and sanitation more than one month after the disaster, a United Nations expert warned today, calling on the Government to urgently tackle the crisis and ensure people’s basic rights.

Latin America faces huge task to reverse discrimination against Afro-descendants – UN rights chief

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, saying he was struck by the “enormity of the task” over the next decade to reverse five centuries of discrimination against the 150 million people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean, has urged the region to draw on “the untapped potential in hitherto invisible communities.”

Ensuring fundamental freedoms vital to peaceful elections in Venezuela – UN rights experts

Voicing concerns over deteriorating restrictions on freedoms of expression, association and assembly in Venezuela, United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government to guarantee the safety of all individuals and their peaceful participation in the parliamentary elections, set for this Sunday.