Americas

Guatemala: UN rights chief welcomes ‘historic’ genocide conviction of former military leader

The top United Nations human rights official today welcomed the conviction of José Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemala’s former de facto head of State, to 80 years in prison for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Mexico must strengthen its protection of human rights, reduce use of military – UN expert

A United Nations independent expert today urged the Mexican Government to strengthen the national structures that protect human rights, in particular the right to life, and reduce the involvement of the military in policing to reduce the use of force in the country.

US faces gaps in protecting human rights in business activities – UN experts

Despite progress and innovation in key sectors of the United States’ economy, too many loopholes remain to adequately protect human rights from adverse business practices, a group of United Nations independent experts today warned.

Amid hunger strike, UN rights experts urge US to close down Guantánamo detention facility

With some 100 prisoners at the Guantánamo Naval Base on a hunger strike, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts today reiterated their calls on the United States to shut down the detention centre.