Human Rights

Redouble efforts against ‘global scourge’ of gender-based violence, intensified by pandemic: Guterres 

From domestic violence to sexual abuse, online harassment and increased child marriage, gender-based violence (GBV) is “a global scourge” that is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Tuesday. 

Most countries failing to protect women from COVID-19 economic and social fallout

The COVID-19 pandemic is “hitting women hard”, but most nations are failing to provide sufficient social and economic protection for them, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Monday.

‘Eyes and ears’ of UN Human Rights Council facing funding crisis

The work of UN-appointed independent rights experts is at risk from a critical lack of funding, they warned on Monday.

Rights experts denounce death sentence against Nigerian singer who posted on WhatsApp

Independent UN human rights experts have called on the Government of Nigeria to immediately release a singer sentenced to death over an allegedly blasphemous song he performed and shared on social media. 

Belarus must release opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava, stress independent rights experts

A group of UN independent human rights experts have called on Belarus to release prominent opposition leader Maria Kalesnikava, voicing serious concern over targeting and persecution of opposition politicians by the State. 

Mali: Rights expert calls for ‘immediate release’ of former officials detained during coup

An independent UN human rights expert has called on Mali’s coup leaders to release former government officials, who have been detained for more than a month. 

Sign of the times: COVID-19 response and recovery must be accessible says Guterres

This year’s International Day of Sign Languages is being commemorated in the midst of a pandemic that has “disrupted and upended lives everywhere”, including those of the deaf community, the UN chief said on Wednesday.

Myanmar: Mounting child death toll during Rakhine village assaults must end, urges rights expert

The assaults by security forces in Myanmar on villages in Rakhine state “need to stop”, and a ceasefire should be declared immediately, said the UN independent rights expert on the situation across the country on Tuesday.

The world must not be ‘neutral’ on enforced disappearances 

The international community “should not be neutral” on enforced disappearance, independent UN human rights experts said on Monday, calling for countries to strengthen cooperation in investigating and prosecuting perpetrators. 

 

Spain violated inclusive education right of child with disabilities, independent committee finds

Spain violated the right to inclusive education of a child with disabilities, an independent UN human rights committee has found, calling on the country to end any educational segregation of students with disabilities in both special education and mainstream schools.