Human Rights

Disabled and displaced: helping Haiti’s most vulnerable people

Disabled people in Haiti who have been driven from one temporary shelter to another as result of an earthquake, fire, and mounting gang violence have been finally able to find a safe home, just ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, marked annually on 3 December.

Violence in Cameroon, impacting over 700,000 children shut out of school 

Over 700,000 children have been impacted by school closures due to often brutal violence in Cameroon, according to an analysis released by the UN humanitarian arm, OCHA, on Thursday. 

Women and girls at high risk of being pushed into modern slavery

Women and children are at high risk of being pushed into contemporary forms of slavery, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday.   

UN chief: Global vaccination plan is ‘only way out’ of the pandemic 

With more people dying due to COVID-19 this year than in 2020, the UN Secretary-General argued on Tuesday that “the only way out of a global pandemic – and out of this unjust and immoral situation – is through a global vaccination plan.” 

Mexico: Over 95,000 registered as disappeared, impunity 'almost absolute'

As of last Friday, more than 95,000 people have been officially registered as disappeared in Mexico. That includes a worrying increase in the number of women and children, a trend that has worsened during the pandemic, with migrants particularly at risk.  

Violations of Palestinian rights puts two-State solution at risk UN chief warns 

The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, continues to pose a significant challenge to international peace and security, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Monday. 

UN expert welcomes India plan to repeal farm laws that sparked deadly protests

A UN human rights expert welcomed India's decision to repeal three contentious farm laws that sparked a year of nationwide protests which left 600 people dead. 

Iran: Execution of juvenile offender ‘deeply alarming and shocking’

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, on Thursday condemned Iran's execution of a young man who was a minor at the time he was charged with committing a crime. 

Spotlight Initiative combats gender-based violence during COVID-19 pandemic

Despite COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, some 650,000 women and girls were provided with gender-based violence services through a joint UN and European Union (EU) programme working to stamp out what is arguably one of the most prevalent human rights violations. 

Bachelet condemns killings of peaceful protesters in Sudan 

At least 39 people have been killed by security forces in Sudan since the 25 October military coup, 15 of whom were reportedly shot dead on Wednesday, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.