Human Rights

UN human rights chief urges immediate action on Syria as death toll passes 3,000

The UN human rights chief today urged the international community to act immediately to protect lives in Syria, where the number of people killed since violence erupted in March has topped 3,000, including over 180 children.

Thailand should amend defamation laws to comply with freedom of speech – UN expert

A United Nations human rights expert today called on Thailand to amend laws that impose jail terms of three to 15 years on “whoever defames, insults or threatens” top members of the country’s royal family, stressing that their vagueness contravened international treaties.