Human Rights

Migrant children at US border have right to protection and ‘be with their families’: UNICEF chief

Separating children from their families is in no-one’s best interest – the head of UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Tuesday – pointing to “heartbreaking” stories of infants who have been reportedly removed from their parents after entering the US from Mexico illegally.

It’s time to ‘eliminate the scourge of conflict-related sexual violence’, urges UN chief

The effects of conflict-related sexual violence echo across generations, in the form of trauma, stigma, and unwanted pregnancy, said the UN chief on Tuesday, describing the scourge as “a threat to our collective security” and “a stain on our common humanity.”

UN rights chief slams ‘unconscionable’ US border policy of separating migrant children from parents

As part of his final global update, the United Nations human rights chief on Monday voiced his deep concern over recently-adopted United States border protection policies that have seen hundreds of migrant children forcibly separated from their parents.

Financial abuse of elderly ‘rampant, but invisible’, says UN expert

Older people are increasingly subject to financial abuse, in many cases by their own family members, a United Nations human rights expert warned on Thursday.    

‘Much more’ can be done to raise awareness about the plight of persons with albinism: UN chief

On the international day to raise awareness on albinism – a rare genetic condition that results in the lack of melanin in the body – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater solidarity with people living with albinism, so they can live more empowered lives.

‘True’ peace, requires standing up for human rights, says UN chief Guterres

Achieving peace involves more than “laying down weapons”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, calling for intensified efforts to address the root causes of conflict.

At least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled in 2016, first UN global study shows

According to the first ever Global Study on Smuggling of Migrants, released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday, at least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled during the course of 2016.

Millions of young lives ‘at risk’ says UN labour chief, calling for an end to child labour

No child under the age of 18 should be toiling in mines, fields, factories and homes, carrying heavy loads or working long hours, the head of the UN labour agency said on Tuesday, marking World Day against Child Labour.

FROM THE FIELD: Rehabilitating lives in Tanzania

A 15-year old girl from the East African country, Tanzania, says an operation to correct a facial disability means that she can “look forward to a future when I am not laughed at.”

250,000 people ‘may lose everything - even their lives’ in assault on key Yemeni port city: UN humanitarian coordinator

Any attack on the key port city of Hodeidah in Yemen “will impact hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians” and would entail around 250,000 civilians losing everything - “even their lives” - the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the war-torn country said on Friday.