Human Rights

Prisoner executions in Belarus ‘simply unacceptable’, says UN rights body

The continued use of the death penalty in Belarus has been condemned by an authoritative UN rights body after three men were reportedly executed there, despite its requests for clemency.

Governments urged to put first ever UN global migration pact in motion, post-Marrakech

The adoption by more than 160 governments of the first-ever global migration pact is a triumph of multilateralism and highlights the importance of dispelling “myths” and fear-mongering over the issue, said the UN’s senior migration official on Tuesday, bringing the key two-day Marrakech conference to a close.

‘Global sisterhood’ tells perpetrators ‘time is up’ for pandemic of violence

From #MeToo to #HearMeToo, the fight to end violence against women continues as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Nicole Kidman, joined survivors, activists and other Hollywood celebrities to spotlight the lack of resources that exist to help women push back against violence and abuse.

Worldwide UN family celebrates enduring universal values of human rights

Across the world, the UN family has been making sure that this year’s Human Rights Day – which falls on Monday, and marks 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – succeeds in raising awareness of the principles enshrined in the document, which are as important and relevant today, as they were in 1948.

In Marrakech, UN chief urges world leaders to ‘breathe life’ into historic global migration pact

Leading Government representatives from more than 150 States have arrived in Marrakech, Morocco, with a view to adopting a ground-breaking UN-led global migration compact which is designed to make the growing phenomenon safer and more dignified for millions on the move.  

70 years on, landmark UN human rights document as important as ever

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights reaches its 70th anniversary on Monday, a chance to highlight the many important breakthroughs brought about by the landmark UN document, and to remind the world that the human rights of millions are still being violated on a daily basis.

More than 17,000 children worldwide paint a picture of human rights

More than 17,000 children from around the globe have drawn pictures depicting their passion for human rights in an international art competition honoring the upcoming 70th anniversary of the ground-breaking Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

UN expert ‘shocked’ by Egyptian reprisals against human rights defenders she met

A United Nations independent rights expert has condemned Egyptian Government reprisals, which included housing demolitions and arbitrary arrests, against human rights defenders and others she encountered while visiting the country just over a month ago.

Women ‘vital’ to peace efforts and ensuring long-lasting stability in Afghanistan

As gender-equality advocates discuss how a lasting peace can be secured in Afghanistan, the top UN official in the country has underscored the importance of women’s participation as “vital to ending the conflict and ensuring long-lasting stability.”

Over 40 million people still victims of slavery

Slavery is still a very real and widespread phenomenon, affecting more than 40 million people worldwide, says the International Labour Organization (ILO), with children making up a quarter of the victims , despite the entry into force of the landmark Forced Labour protocol in 2016.