Human Rights

New killings after Jacob Blake shooting reveal chronic problems still to be overcome in US

Disturbing video footage purportedly showing a teenager involved in a deadly shooting in the US state of Wisconsin is evidence that far stricter gun control measures are needed, the UN human rights office, OHCHR said on Friday.. 

UN rights chief urges DR Congo to protect Nobel laureate Mukwege amid death threats

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has condemned death threats made against Congolese Nobel Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege and called for his protection.

Myanmar: Upcoming elections an opportunity to take a new inclusive democratic path

The Government of Myanmar should embrace upcoming national elections, scheduled for November, as an opportunity to take a new and fully inclusive democratic path, and to address the root of causes of abuses suffered by ethnic minorities, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) has urged. 

UN rights expert calls for ceasefire, commitment from all stakeholders to ensure free elections in Central African Republic

The UN’s expert on human rights in the Central African Republic (CAR) issued a series of recommendations on Wednesday to ensure that citizens – after years of civil unrest – can freely decide the future of their country during presidential elections on 27 December.

Human rights are the ‘means by which governments can successfully beat pandemics’, says UNAIDS chief

Some of the world’s most marginalized and defenseless communities have fallen victim to violence and other rights abuses during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the UN agency dedicated to tackling the AIDS virus to urge Governments to protect the most vulnerable, particularly key populations at higher risk of HIV. 

COVID-19: UN urges ramping up social protection programmes to safeguard those most vulnerable

The socio-economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted UN agencies on Wednesday to call on countries to increase social protection programmes to protect those most at risk. 

Imprisoned rights defenders in Egypt at ‘grave risk’ of COVID-19, warn UN experts

A group of independent UN rights experts have raised alarm over “grave and unnecessary” risks faced by imprisoned human rights defenders in Egypt due to lengthy pre-trial detention.

UN rights office ‘appalled’ at violence against human rights defenders in the Philippines

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has called for effective measures to protect rights defenders in the Philippines, amid a spate of deadly attacks against them.

Mali coup: Democratic order must be restored ‘as fast as possible’

The UN on Thursday called for the “constitutional and democratic order” to be restored as soon as possible across Mali, following the military coup, and reiterated a call to respect the rule of law, and refrain from violence.

Jordan: Closing teachers’ union, detaining officials, ‘serious’ rights violations

Jordan must reverse the decision to close a 140,000-strong teachers’ union and detain its leaders, independent UN human rights experts said on Wednesday, while also urging the authorities to lift gag orders prohibiting public discussion of the case.