Human Rights

Alarm over Iranian woman’s death after ‘improper’ hijab arrest

The acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif, expressed alarm on Tuesday at the death in custody in Iran of a woman after she was detained for wearing an “improper” hijab

Burundi must engage in ‘credible and inclusive’ move towards democratic rule

Burundi must engage more effectively in the rule of law and fight against impunity for violations and abuses committed since 2015, when the political system was thrown into turmoil sparking widespread protests, a UN-appointed independent human rights expert said on Friday.

Ukraine: UN rights office set to probe ‘mass graves’ in newly liberated east

Reports that mass graves have been discovered in the Ukrainian city of Izyum are to be investigated by UN rights monitors, it’s been announced.

UN rights expert: Russian Government is ‘destroying civil society day by day’

A United Nations independent human rights expert called on the Russian Government on Wednesday to halt its clampdown on human rights defenders.

Ukraine’s suffering continues, acting UN rights chief tells Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council opened a four-week session in Geneva on Monday, with multiple emergencies – from Afghanistan to Ukraine – set to take centre stage.

50 million people in modern slavery: No justification for ‘fundamental’ human rights abuse

Forced labour and marriage have increased significantly over the last five years, according to a new UN report released on Monday.

Ukraine: More than 14,000 casualties to date but ‘actual numbers are likely considerably higher'

Nearly 5,800 people have been killed in the conflict in Ukraine and the situation of prisoners of war in Russian-held areas is “worrying”, the head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in the country said on Friday. 

Ukraine: UN committee ‘gravely concerned’ over treatment of people with disabilities

People with disabilities trapped in the Russian control zones in Ukraine are reportedly being used as “human shields” by the Russian Federation armed forces, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) warned on Friday.

Nigeria: UN expert calls for more advances in protecting older persons

Despite commendable progress on legal and policy safeguards for older persons, a UN-appointed independent human rights expert said on Friday that Nigeria must implement already adopted measures to protect them against ageism and age discrimination, both of which are still prevalent.

Volker Türk appointed new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 

Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday appointed Volker Türk of Austria as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, following approval by the General Assembly.