Independent UN expert urges national action plan on human rights in Haiti

Haiti needs to develop a coordinated plan of action on human rights and a framework on the rule of law, an independent United Nations expert has said, noting that while positive changes are coming very slowly, there is a strong expectation from Haitians to see improvements.

At General Assembly, UN officials laud Hugo Chávez’s commitment to social justice

United Nations officials today lauded the commitment of Hugo Chávez to the cause of social justice, as the General Assembly paid tribute to the memory of the late President of Venezuela.

UN expert warns against abuse of solitary confinement in the Americas

The United Nations expert on torture has called on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate the practise of solitary confinement and its harmful effects in the Americas, particularly in Latin America, and urged stronger regulation of its use.

UN welcomes new Bolivian law broadening protection of women from violence

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed a new law in Bolivia which broadens the protection of women against various forms of violence.

Haiti: UN humanitarian official concerned about growing number of forced evictions

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Haiti has expressed grave concern about recent incidents of forced evictions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), following his visit to a site in the capital, Port-au-Prince, from which thousands of people were forced to leave.

Haiti: UN expert calls for strengthening state institutions

An independent United Nations human rights expert today wrapped up a visit to Haiti by calling for the strengthening of State institutions so they can play their key role in the running of the country and in the functioning of democracy.

UN chief saddened by death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was saddened by the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who died yesterday after struggling with cancer for almost two years.

UN welcomes news of HIV baby who appears to be cured by treatment

United Nations agencies today welcomed the news that a baby treated in the United States with antiretroviral drugs during the first months of her life appears to be functionally cured of the disease.