Human Rights

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. 

‘Unknown number’ of foreign nationals have died in squalid Syrian camps, say rights experts

“An unknown number” of foreign nationals have died while being detained in squalid camps in Syria’s northeast, senior UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Monday.

UN rights experts alarmed by rise in use of lèse-majesté laws in Thailand

United Nations independent human rights experts on Monday voiced grave concerns over increasingly severe use of lèse-majesté laws in Thailand, warning that a rise in their usage is further restricting civic space and the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms in the country. 

India: UN rights office urges ‘maximum restraint’ in ongoing protests

The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) has called on authorities and protesters in India to “exercise maximum restraint” amidst ongoing protests by farmers. 

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 increasing risk of female genital mutilation

The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the risk of female genital mutilation or FGM, with the UN predicting that an additional two million girls will be subjected to the practice in the next ten years.

Senior officials call on Israel to halt West Bank demolitions and respect international law

Three high-level UN officials on Friday issued a statement calling for Israel to end demolitions in the occupied West Bank, after meeting with members of a Bedouin community ousted from their homes earlier this week in the northern Jordan Valley, while their belongings were “seized or destroyed”. 

Paraguay: UN rights chief calls for ‘prompt, independent’ probe into girl deaths and disappearance 

Following the disappearance in Paraguay of a teenage girl and killing of two 11-year-olds, the UN human rights chief has expressed her deep concern, also noting on Friday other disturbing elements of abuse against women and girls, surrounding the cases. 

‘Voices of resistance, resilience and courage’ – UN News podcast bears witness to lives beyond the Holocaust 

Before Vered Kater became a dedicated health worker, traveling to developing countries to administer aid to the needy, she spent her early years in hiding – from the Nazis.

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.

Elections vital to building democratic Palestinian State: UN chief

Elections this year in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will be “a crucial step” towards Palestinian unity, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday.