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Protect trafficking victims, punish perpetrators, UN rights expert tells Belize

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Belize to adopt a comprehensive programme to protect and assist victims of trafficking and to ensure that the perpetrators of this scourge are punished.

UN rights expert warns that all Brazilians must have access to water, sanitation

Brazilian authorities need to give further priority to the poorest and most marginalized, to ensure that inequalities in the country are progressively eliminated and all receive access to sanitation and water, an independent United Nations human rights expert today urged.

UN rights expert urges Bahamas to boost efforts to tackle human trafficking

Voicing concern over the lack of a national action plan by the Bahamas to address trafficking in persons, an independent United Nations human rights expert called on the Government to ramp up its efforts to fight the ongoing problem.

Condemning murder of Honduran journalist, UNESCO chief urges investigation

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the killing of Juan Carlos Argeñal Medina, who was shot dead in his home in southeastern Honduras.

Uruguay’s move to legalize cannabis endangers global anti-drug effort, UN agency says

Amid growing debate over international drug control policy in Latin America, the United Nations drug and crime agency today said that a decision by the Uruguayan parliament to legalize cannabis is a strike against international cooperation.

UN rights experts concerned about fate of Guantánamo detainee transferred to Algeria

Two independent United Nations human rights experts have voiced concern about the fate of Djamel Ameziane, who was recently transferred by the United States from the Guantánamo Bay detention centre to Algeria, from which he fled two decades ago to escape persecution.

UN agency urges Dominican Republic to restore nationality of people of Haitian descent

Voicing deep concern over a ruling that renders countless Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the Dominican Government to rapidly restore the nationality of those affected.

UN refugee agency voices concern at deaths at sea following Caribbean boat tragedy

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has voiced concern at the recent deaths at sea after a boat capsized earlier this week in the Bahamas, the third such incident in the northern Caribbean since October.

Audit of Argentina’s foreign debt necessary for accountability, UN expert says

A United Nations independent expert today urged authorities in Argentina to undertake an audit of its external debt to improve transparency, and to intensify efforts to improve social conditions for their people.

UN agency welcomes selection of two female negotiators for Colombia’s peace talks

The United Nations entity tasked with advancing gender equality today applauded the appointment of two women to the team negotiating between Colombian authorities and the rebel group known as the FARC.