Americas

Mexico: UN expert urges action on behalf of internally displaced people

With Mexico facing ongoing difficulties with its internally displaced people, a United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government to expedite action on their behalf.

Guatemalan Government must take stronger stance against lynching - UN report

Calling the problem of lynching in Guatemala a sign of the country's deteriorating human rights situation, a new United Nations report urges a stepped-up government response to the crime.

UN Population Fund welcomes US citizens' efforts to close $34 million budget shortfall

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today welcomed support from American citizens who have initiated two independent grass-roots campaigns in an effort to close a budget shortfall created by the United States Government's withholding of $34 million in funding.

Mexico: UN envoy assesses plight of internally displaced persons

An envoy for United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is in Mexico to obtain a better understanding of the situation of internally displaced persons in that country and to assess the opportunities for improving the national and international response to their plight.

Top UN rights official voices concern over freedom of expression in Guatemala

With an advocate for street children in Guatemala scheduled to go on trial today on charges of defamation, the top United Nations human rights official today voiced serious concern about the right to freedom of expression in that country.

UN to hold solemn ceremony of remembrance on 11 September

The United Nations has scheduled a solemn ceremony of remembrance on the morning of 11 September to mark the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States and to show solidarity with all those affected.

North America protecting environment, but unsustainable consumption persists - UNEP

North America's gains in arresting environmental pollution and degradation have recently been eroded by choices related to consumption patterns, according to a report released today by the United Nations which calls on the region to accept more responsibility for protecting the natural world.

Top UN human rights official repeats concern about situation in Colombia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, today reiterated her concern about the critical human rights and humanitarian situation in Colombia, which she said had worsened as a result of terrorist acts committed since the inauguration of President Alvaro Uribe last week.

Top UN rights official appeals to US Government to stay execution of Mexican national

The United Nations top human rights official today appealed to the United States Government to stay the execution of a Mexican national who is on death row in Texas, so that his case might be reviewed.

UN human rights body urges US to stay execution of Mexican national

A United Nations human rights body has called on the United States to stay the execution of a Mexican national, arguing that Washington did not comply with its obligations under an international treaty that guarantees consular access for foreign detainees.