Americas

UN voices concern at targeting of prosecutors and rights defenders in Central America

The United Nations human rights office today sounded the alarm on the recent killings of public prosecutors in Guatemala and Honduras, as well as the increasing vulnerability of human rights defenders in the two Central American countries.

UN and partners responding to rising cholera cases in Haiti’s Ouest province

Health partners in Haiti are responding promptly to increasing cases of cholera in the Ouest department to ensure that the new infections do not spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince, a spokesperson for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

UNESCO to name three Brazilians as Goodwill Ambassadors

Three Brazilians – a businessman, a designer and an artist – will be formally named Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday, the agency announced today.

Grenada becomes latest country to back International Criminal Court

Grenada has become the latest country to agree to be bound by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the permanent global tribunal tasked with trying people accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Peru must do more to combat scourge of slavery, UN rights expert says

A United Nations human rights expert on slavery today urged Peru to do more to combat abuses in the country’s logging, mining and domestic services sectors.

Security Council urges Haiti’s new Government to ensure stability and rule of law

The Security Council today urged Haiti’s new Government to focus on the critical tasks of rebuilding the country and ensuring stability and rule of law in the Caribbean nation as it congratulated the country’s people for conducting elections peacefully.

Former foreign minister of Chile chosen as next UN envoy for Haiti

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Mariano Fernández, a former foreign minister from Chile, as his next Special Representative for Haiti and head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Caribbean nation.

As Haiti swears in President, UN calls for new political, social and economic pact

Welcoming Haiti's first ever transfer of power from one democratically elected president to one from the opposition, the United Nations has urged the country's new leader, his Government and the people to harness the political goodwill to “rebuild together a new Haiti.”

Haiti: UN mission calls for explanation on results of three disputed districts

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti has called on the country’s electoral authorities to explain as soon as possible why their results from three districts in recent legislative elections do not match the figures of local and international observers.

UNESCO deplores killing of outspoken Peruvian radio presenter

The United Nations agency tasked with promoting press freedom today voiced its condemnation of the murder of an outspoken Peruvian radio news presenter who had criticized local authorities in the north of the Andean country.