Americas

Recent death of gay man highlights need for anti-discrimination law in Chile – UN

The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Chile to pass a law against discrimination, including on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, following the recent killing of a young gay man in the capital, Santiago.

UN concerned over funding for humanitarian services in Haiti

The United Nations and the Government of Haiti today voiced concern over a lack of resources to fund humanitarian services that are still required to help people in the Caribbean country recover from recent crises, including the 2010 earthquake and the cholera epidemic, and enhance preparedness ahead of the hurricane season.

UN development chief hails Haiti’s progress two years after devastating earthquake

The United Nations development chief today commended Haiti’s progress in rebuilding its capital, Port-au-Prince, two years after a devastating earthquake rocked the country killing 200,000 people.

Brazil: UN welcomes prosecution of retired colonel for abuses during military rule

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the prosecution of a retired Brazilian army colonel for disappearances during the country’s military dictatorship as a “first and crucial step” in fighting the impunity that surrounds that period.

Guatemala: UN rights chief underlines need to address rule of law challenges

Guatemala has made progress in the fight against impunity and human rights abuses, but the country must tackle the tremendous challenges that remain to become a State based on democracy and the rule of law, says the United Nations human right chief.

Haiti receives advice from UN economists on attracting foreign investment

United Nations economists have provided the Haitian Government with advice on a new investment strategy to help the country attract financing to rebuild infrastructure and boost economic development.

Mexico: UN experts concerned over impunity in cases of enforced disappearances

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today called on the Mexican Government to develop effective measures to combat impunity in cases of enforced disappearances, which continue to take place in the country.

Haiti: Three UN peacekeepers repatriated for sexual abuse

Three United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti have been repatriated following a Pakistani military hearing on the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old Haitian male, a spokesman for the world body said today.

Police reform vital to improve security situation in Haiti – UN envoy

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) stressed today that although the security situation in Haiti has improved in recent years, there is still an urgent need for police reform to ensure peace and stability in the country.

Guatemala: UN welcomes judge’s decision to deny amnesty to former dictator

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the news that a Guatemalan judge rejected the claim that a former dictator is protected under an amnesty law from being tried on genocide charges.