Americas

Independent UN rights expert calls for unilateral sanctions to be dropped against Venezuela

At the end of a two-week visit to Venezuela, an independent UN human rights expert noted on Friday that unilateral sanctions imposed on the country have exacerbated pre-existing crises, calling for them to be dropped. 

UN chief welcomes Colombia’s ‘act of solidarity’ with 1.7 million Venezuelans

The United Nations Secretary-General, on Monday, applauded the announcement by the President of Colombia that the country will provide temporary protection to all Venezuelans in its territory. 

Guterres welcomes US decision to re-engage with the Human Rights Council 

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed a commitment from the new US administration to “re-engage immediately and robustly” with the Human Rights Council, following the withdrawal of the United States from the multilateral body nearly three years ago. 

FROM THE FIELD: Sharing migration stories across generations in Central America

Two migrants, one young and one old, have been sharing their experiences of migrating to a small town in Costa Rica in Central America.

US should end use of private ‘for profit’ detention centres, urge human rights experts

A group of UN independent human rights experts on Thursday welcomed the United States’ decision to stop using privately run federal prisons, and urged the Government to also end the outsourcing of all detention centres, including those holding migrants and asylum seekers.

US plan to reform asylum, reunite families, reflects ‘authentic humanitarian values’ 

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said it is “heartened” by the United States’ president’s signing of executive orders on Tuesday which aim to provide safety and solutions for those seeking asylum, on the grounds that they need protection from violence and persecution at home. 

Nicaragua : Amidst ‘socio-political and human rights crisis’, independent expert condemns environmental defender’s death

An independent UN human rights expert condemned on Monday the murder of an indigenous environmental defender in Nicaragua, calling for those responsible to be “duly investigated and brought to justice”. 

Guterres welcomes US decision to restore funding to UNFPA

The United Nations Secretary-General, on Thursday, welcomed the United States administration’s announcement to restore funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), calling it a “powerful message” for women and girls globally. 

Colombia: Criminal elements use violence and intimidation to ‘stamp out’ leaders’ voices

Illegally-armed groups and criminal organizations in Colombia are determined to “drive out State institutions and stamp out the voice of social leaders” through violence and intimidation, the head of the UN mission in the country told the Security Council on Thursday.
 

Fauci announces US intention to resume major role in global health

The United States’ top medical official said on Thursday that the US will now join the World Health Organization’s global initiative to help poorer nations overcome COVID-19, in addition to a raft of new measures in support of access to universal healthcare, such as abortion services.