Americas

El Salvador: Ban commends high turnout for presidential poll, looks forward to working with new Government

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has followed with keen interest the electoral process in El Salvador, whose outcome has been confirmed in the election of Mr. Salvador Sánchez Cerén as President.

Haiti: UN envoy hails ‘unprecedented’ political progress as key step ahead of elections

Following a recent agreement on an inter-Haitian dialogue, the long-troubled country is at a turning point where progress on peace, security and stability must be sustained through the consolidation of the democratic process, the rule of law, good governance and better support for the needs of the population, the top United Nations official in Haiti told the Security Council today.

UN human rights experts urge probe into recent violence amid Venezuelan protests

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts has asked the Venezuelan Government for prompt clarification of allegations of arbitrary detention and excessive use of force and violence against protesters, journalists and media workers during recent protests.

Condemning murder of Colombian cameraman, UNESCO chief urges probe

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom called today for an investigation into the death of Colombian television journalist killed in Buenaventura, a city he had fled earlier this year after receiving death threats.

Venezuela: UN human rights chief urges halt to violence, inflammatory rhetoric

The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the recent violence in Venezuela, and urged the Government to ensure respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Ban urges dialogue to defuse tensions, prevent further violence in Venezuela

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his sadness at continuing reports of violence and loss of life amid protests in Venezuela, and urged that all efforts be urgently made to lower the tensions and prevent further violence.

UN expert applauds Haitian decision to probe alleged abuses by ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier

An independent United Nations human rights expert today applauded the decision by a Haitian court to order further investigations into alleged abuses committed by former President Jean-Claude Duvalier during his 15-year rule.

UN hails probe into former leader’s alleged abuses as ‘landmark’ step for Haitian justice

The United Nations human rights office today hailed the decision by a Haitian court to open new investigations into former President Jean-Claude Duvalier for crimes against humanity, saying that the move will help ensure accountability for past abuses.

UN rights office urges probe into Venezuela violence, calls for dialogue to resolve crisis

The United Nations human rights office today, deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in Venezuela, including the death of at least three people during protests on Wednesday, called on all parties to engage in dialogue to peacefully resolve the crisis.

‘Golden Rule,’ iconic Norman Rockwell mosaic, rededicated at UN Headquarters

A mosaic based a on a work by American artist Norman Rockwell, long a favourite attraction on tours of the United Nations in New York, has been re-dedicated following its restoration during the reconstruction of the Headquarters complex.