Americas

Former Haitian leader must face charges for human rights abuses, says UN

The United Nations today voiced its concern at reports that former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier may not face charges relating to the serious human rights violations that took place during his 15-year rule, while stressing that justice must be ensured for the victims.

Independent UN expert calls on Brazil to suspend São Paulo evictions

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged Brazilian authorities to suspend evictions from the Pinheirinho settlement in São Paulo and find durable solutions with residents.

UN rights chief speaks out against US failure to close Guantanamo detention facility

The United Nations human rights chief today spoke out against the failure by the United States to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and to ensure accountability for serious violations – including torture – that took place there.

Haiti: UN opens probe into cases of alleged child sexual exploitation

The United Nations announced today that it is investigating two cases of sexual exploitation of children allegedly committed by its police personnel in Haiti.

El Salvador must address social inequality to consolidate its peace process – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on El Salvador to address its socio-economic inequalities and advance rule of law reform to ensure its citizens can experience positive and tangible results from the peace process that was initiated 20 years ago at the end of its civil war.

Guatemala ratifies UN-backed treaty banning nuclear tests

Guatemala has ratified the United Nations-backed international treaty banning nuclear tests, bringing the number of State parties to 156.

On anniversary of deadly quake, UN urges continued support for Haiti’s recovery

As Haiti marks the second anniversary of the massive earthquake that claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people and devastated an already poverty-stricken country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged continued international support for recovery and rebuilding.

Haiti: UN urges investing in water and sanitation services to combat cholera

Dramatic improvements in water and sanitation services are needed to eliminate cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, health experts who took part in a United Nations-organized briefing to outline concrete steps to stem the spread of the disease in the region said today.

Violence against women: Prevention, protection and empowerment in Haiti

It is a lesser known reality of the earthquake that devastated Haiti on 12 January 2010 and left more than 200,000 dead. The merciless disintegration of the Haitian State created a situation of utter chaos for the country’s most vulnerable.

More funds required to continue nutrition and health projects in Haiti – UN

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reported today that it will continue to distribute food aid to some 1.5 million people each month through its school meals scheme, mother and children nutrition and food-for-work programmes in Haiti, but insufficient funding remains a concern.