Human Rights

Mali not fulfilling its ‘sovereign role’ in protecting its people: UN human rights expert

In an effort to better protect people and their property throughout Mali, the international community must honour commitments to help reduce violent extremism, chronic insecurity and ineffective government, said the United Nations expert on human rights in the country, Alioune Tine, on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia must halt air strikes in Yemen, says UN panel

The conflict in Yemen has been highlighted by a UN human rights committee which on Thursday urged Saudi Arabia to “put an end to the air strikes” against its southern neighbour, amid reports that they have resulted in the deaths of at least 1,248 children since March 2015.

Algeria must stop arbitrary expulsion of West African migrants in desert: UN migration rights expert

Atrocities suffered by child and adult migrants from West African States “should shock the conscience of humanity” into action, a UN rights investigator said on Thursday, before calling for Algeria to halt the collective expulsion of thousands of foreign nationals to Niger.

Charges against Baha’i in Yemen must be dropped: UN experts urge release of detainees

A group of UN independent human rights experts have called for the immediate release of 24 people, mostly from Baha’i minority, who have been held by authorities in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, since the middle of last month.

FROM THE FIELD: One South Sudanese woman’s harrowing escape to UN camp

A South Sudanese woman has been telling a high-level delegation of officials from the African Union and United Nations how she walked for five days and nights to find sanctuary in a UN protection site,  from violent clashes.

‘Put an end to the death penalty now’, urges Guterres, marking World Day

Progress made toward eliminating the death penalty has been “marred by setbacks,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement on Wednesday, marking the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty.

UN refugee agency ramps up support for Venezuelans, praises ‘extraordinary solidarity’ of Colombia

With the help of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Colombia is showing “extraordinary solidarity” towards Venezuelans displaced amid the country’s on-going economic and political crisis, said agency chief, Filippo Grandi on Tuesday.

Venezuela prisons ‘beyond monstrous’, UN warns, highlighting plight of Colombian detainees

Conditions in Venezuela’s prisons are “beyond monstrous”, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, before calling for an independent and transparent investigation into the death of a leading political opponent of the Government.

Killing and rape of Bulgarian investigative reporter is an ‘outrage’ - UNESCO chief

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has condemned the “brutal” killing of investigative reporter Victoria Marinova, whose body was found on Saturday in the Bulgarian city of Ruse, bearing signs of suffocation and sexual assault.

Independent inquiry needed into suspected ‘enforced disappearance’ of Saudi journalist: UN rights office

The “apparent enforced disappearance” of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was last seen reportedly visiting his country’s consulate in Istanbul last week, requires a full investigation involving both Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.