UN rights office concerned at ‘alarming’ levels of violence in Venezuelan prisons

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern at an “alarming” pattern of violence in Venezuelan prisons, with the latest incident leaving 58 inmates dead and around 100 injured.

Dismissal of Honduran Supreme Court judges an attack on democracy – UN expert

A United Nations independent expert today expressed grave concern over the decision by the Honduran Congress to dismiss four Supreme Court judges, and called on the Government to reconsider its decision.

Haiti: Security Council calls for timely elections, security sector reform

Reaffirming its commitment to Haiti as the United Nations seeks to complete its peacekeeping mission in the crisis-beset country, the Security Council has urged all political actors to work constructively on priorities, including credible 2013 elections and security sector reform.

UN chief saddened by tragic fire at Brazil nightclub

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was saddened to learn of the tragic fire that occurred at a nightclub in Brazil on Saturday night, which led to the death of hundreds of people.

Haiti: top UN official calls for delayed elections to be held within the year

The top United Nations official in Haiti today called on the Government of the beleaguered Caribbean country to carry out free and fair elections, which have been delayed for over a year, as soon as possible within 2013.

UNESCO recognizes Brazilian friar's contribution to social justice in Latin America and Caribbean

The United Nations has recognized a Brazilian Dominican friar, Frei Betto, with a leading international prize for his “exceptional contribution” to building a universal culture of peace, social justice and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Marking third anniversary of earthquake, Ban calls for sustained efforts in Haiti

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to continue its support for Haiti as he marked the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck the Caribbean country, while praising the progress achieved so far.

Haiti: UN-backed survey finds progress for children in education, nutrition and health sectors

Almost three years after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, preliminary results of a new United Nations-backed national household survey show substantial progress for children there in the education, nutrition, health and sanitation sectors since 2006.

Canadian authorities must start meaningful dialogue with aboriginal leaders – UN expert

A United Nations independent expert today urged the Canadian Government to establish a meaningful dialogue with the country’s aboriginal leaders in light of recent protests.