UN launches new guidelines in fight against chikungunya

United Nations health officials have unveiled new guidelines to help countries throughout the Americas detect and prevent transmission of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus – a disease which has already infected more than two million people around the world.

Drug-related violence has reached alarming levels in Central America – UN

Escalating violence involving drug trafficking organizations in Central America has reached “alarming and unprecedented levels,” making it one of the most violent areas in the world, the United Nations anti-narcotics panel stressed in its annual report which was launched today.

Haitian premier's resignation sparks concern at UN

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today expressed his deep concern following the resignation of Prime Minister Garry Conille, just four months after his appointment.

Mexico: UN human rights office voices alarm after killing of dozens of prison inmates

The United Nations human rights office has called on Mexican authorities to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the killing over the weekend of 44 inmates at a prison in the country’s north, apparently by members of an organized criminal group.

UNESCO chief deplores slayings of another two Brazilian journalists

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murders of two Brazilian journalists earlier this month and called for thorough investigations of the killings.

UN voices concern over ‘alarming pattern of violence’ in Latin American prisons

The United Nations today voiced concern over the recent wave of violence in Latin American prisons, citing overcrowding, a lack of access to basic services, judicial delays, and excessive pre-trial detention as some of the causes which have worsened conditions in detention facilities.

UN expert calls on Uruguay to provide access to water to poor communities

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on Uruguayan authorities to implement measures to provide access to health and sanitation to its poorest and most marginalized communities.

At end of Haitian visit, Security Council focuses on police reform and living conditions

Police reform and the living conditions of Haitians who remain displaced after the January 2010 earthquake were the focus of the final day of the Security Council’s four-day visit to the impoverished Caribbean country.

UN expert urges Honduras to protect human rights defenders

Human rights defenders in Honduras continue to suffer extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment as well as harassment and stigmatization, an independent United Nations expert says, calling on the Central American country’s Government to establish a protection programme for defenders.

After prison blaze kills hundreds in Honduras, UN warns on overcrowding

A United Nations human rights official today called on Latin American countries to tackle the problem of prison overcrowding in the wake of an overnight fire at a jail in Honduras that killed hundreds of inmates.