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UN human rights experts reports human rights abuses in Mexican crackdown on Oaxaca

An independent United Nations human rights expert has expressed concern about reports of serious abuses, including murder, perpetrated by a paramilitary group taking place amid the Mexican Government’s efforts to regain control of the city Oaxaca where protestors have run parts of the city for the past five months.

US military courts breach international obligations, UN rights expert warns

The Military Commissions Act (MCA) signed into law by President George Bush earlier this month violates the international obligations of the United States under human rights laws in several areas, including the right to challenge detention and to see exculpatory evidence, a United Nations expert on terrorism said today.

Final seat on Security Council remains undecided after latest day of voting

The United Nations General Assembly today remained deadlocked after a fourth day of voting in the contest to fill a non-permanent seat on the Security Council for the Latin American and Caribbean region, with Guatemala maintaining its lead over Venezuela but falling short of the necessary two-thirds majority.

Haitian leaders want to end human rights abuses, says top UN rights official

Although the human rights situation in Haiti is cause for concern with reports of extrajudicial executions and arbitrary detentions in deplorable conditions, there is room for optimism in light of the Government’s will to confront and resolve these problems, according to the top United Nations rights official.

Final seat on Security Council remains undecided after third day of voting

The United Nations General Assembly remained deadlocked after a third day of voting this week in the contest to fill a non-permanent seat on the Security Council allocated to the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, with Guatemala maintaining its lead over Venezuela but falling short of the necessary majority.

Continuing presence of Colombian child soldiers sparks appeal by UN agency

Alarmed by the lack of progress in demobilizing Colombia’s child soldiers and the rising number of accidents there involving landmines, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed today for more than $2.5 million to carry out its work in the South American country.

Security Council seat still undecided after second day of voting

A non-permanent seat on the Security Council remains up for grabs after the United Nations General Assembly held a second day of voting today in the contest to fill the place allocated to the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States.

A year after devastating hurricane, many Guatemalans still need UN assistance

Thousands of Guatemalans still depend on emergency food aid, one year after Hurricane Stan killed more than 1,500 people and devastated communities and landscapes across Central America, the United Nations’ humanitarian arm said today.

In New York, UN Headquarters opens doors this weekend for architecture lovers

The Security Council chamber, the inner sanctum where the United Nations body makes decisions on international peace and security, will be opened to architecture buffs this weekend as part of a special guided tour of the UN's landmark headquarters in New York.