Americas

UN agency welcomes Mexico’s new refugee law

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the entry into force of a new law in Mexico on the protection of refugees and asylum-seekers that now gives the country a legal framework that complies with international standards in this area.

UN: number of cholera deaths in Haiti shows signs of falling or stabilizing

The number of people dying from cholera in Haiti has been on a downward trend or has stabilized in all ten of the country’s departments affected by the outbreak, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today, adding that the number of hospitalized people has also been decreasing.

UN human rights chief voices concern over migrants missing in Mexico

The United Nations human rights chief today voiced deep concern over the fate of a group of about 40 migrants who have been missing since they were abducted in Mexico last month, and death threats to a prominent human rights defender assisting other migrants who escaped the kidnapping ordeal.

Latin American and Caribbean unemployment dropped in 2010 – UN report

The economic upturn in most Latin American and Caribbean countries in 2010 fuelled a 0.6 percentage point drop in unemployment – from 8.1 per cent in 2009 to 7.5 per cent – and is expected to lead to a further decrease of between 0.2 and 0.4 percentage points this year, the United Nations reported today.

Haiti must respect international mission’s electoral findings to avoid unrest, UN warns

Haiti’s electoral council must take full account of an international mission’s findings, reportedly eliminating the Government candidate from the presidential run-off, or face the prospect of considerable unrest, the United Nations peacekeeping chief warned today.

UN independent human rights expert urges support for justice in Haiti

Noting the pending legal proceedings against Jean-Claude Duvalier, the former Haitian leader who returned to his home country earlier this week, the United Nations independent expert on human rights in Haiti today urged the international community to “allow justice to take its course” in the Caribbean nation.

Former Haitian leader’s return raises impunity issues, UN human rights office says

The return to Haiti of former Haitian leader Jean Claude Duvalier clearly raises issues of impunity and accountability, the United Nations human rights office said today, adding that it was looking into the matter.

Haiti’s recovery multi-year effort, UN humanitarian chief tells ECOSOC

The relief effort after Haiti’s devastating earthquake a year ago has helped millions of people, but a multi-year initiative with full international support is crucial to put the country on its feet, the top United Nations humanitarian official warned today.

UN marks one-year anniversary of Haiti earthquake

On the one-year anniversary of the earthquake which devastated Haiti, the United Nations today remembered the disaster’s victims in memorial events in Port-au-Prince, New York and elsewhere around the world.

Haiti: UN human rights chief urges greater attention to fundamental rights

The top United Nations human rights official today expressed solidarity with the people of Haiti on the eve of the first anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people and called for concerted efforts to improve fundamental human rights in the country.