Americas

UN rights office voices alarm at killing of Brazilian journalist

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern at what it called a “disturbing” trend of killing journalists in Brazil, after another reporter was found dead earlier this week.

UN welcomes abolition of death penalty in US state of Connecticut

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed a new law in the state of Connecticut, in the United States, that abolishes the death penalty and urged other states to follow suit.

UN rights chief disturbed by Suriname amendment on immunity for violations

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, today said she was “disturbed” by the recent decision by Suriname to pass an amendment to an existing law that grants immunity for human rights violations committed during the 12-year period in which the country was, for the most part, under military rule.

UN expert regrets US court decision preventing oversight of intelligence services

An independent United Nations counter-terrorism expert today expressed profound regret at a decision by a United States court to refuse freedom of information requests by a British organization on extraordinary renditions.

UN independent experts call on Honduras to adopt measures to stop killing of lawyers

Two United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of Honduras to adopt concrete measures to stop the killing of lawyers in the country, stressing that they should be able to carry out their functions without risking their lives.

UN rights chief urges Barbados to address domestic violence and discrimination

The United Nations human rights chief today urged Barbados to adopt more effective legislation measures to combat discrimination and domestic and sexual violence in the country, adding that an attitudinal change is needed in society as a whole to tackle these issues.

UN relief chief welcomes Brazil’s contribution to humanitarian action

The United Nations humanitarian affairs chief yesterday pledged support for Brazil’s humanitarian work around the world, highlighting the country’s contributions in the areas of disaster-risk prevention and food security.

Ban and head of South American bloc discuss regional issues, sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met yesterday with the head of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), María Emma Mejía Vélez, in discussions touching on cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations, the issue of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and sustainable development.

At UN conference, Latin American countries reaffirm commitment to eradicate hunger

Latin American and Caribbean countries reaffirmed their commitment to eradicate hunger during a United Nations conference on food and agriculture in Buenos Aires, Argentina, over the weekend.