Human Rights

Violations continuing against Belarus protesters, UN human rights office warns 

More than three months on from the disputed presidential election in Belarus, the Belarusian Government continues to “wield the machinery of the State to commit human rights violations”, the Spokesperson for the UN human rights office warned on Friday.  

Mozambique Cabo Delgado violence is a ‘desperate’ situation, warns Bachelet

There is increasing concern about the worsening security situation in Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique, which the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights described on Friday as “desperate”.

Reported Ethiopia massacre: UN rights chief warns of spiralling situation, war crimes 

Disturbing reports of an alleged massacre have surfaced in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, amid fighting between national and regional forces that may become impossible to control, the UN human rights chief warned on Friday. 

Yemen: Stricken oil tanker must be inspected to avoid environmental catastrophe, UN expert urges

 It is “vital” that technical experts be granted immediate access to a rusting oil tanker threatening an environmental calamity in the Red Sea, an independent UN expert said on Thursday. 

Social media-based trafficking on the rise during coronavirus pandemic

A UN rights committee has called on social media platforms to use big data and artificial intelligence to help eliminate trafficking in women and girls, amid an increase in online traps designed to recruit potential victims during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN rights experts call for release of Saudi activist championing women’s right to drive

The deteriorating health of Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul is “deeply alarming”, UN-appointed rights experts said on Wednesday, calling for her release along with “all other women human rights defenders in detention”. 

Belarus targets women human rights defenders after disputed August elections 

Independent UN experts criticized Belarus on Tuesday for persecuting women human rights defenders, who have been involved in the mass protests underway in the country since August’s controversial presidential election. 

Nigerians need justice, UN rights experts say, in call for inquiry into protestor killings

The Nigerian Government must establish a credible, independent inquiry into the recent killing of at least 12 peaceful protestors by soldiers, a group of independent UN human rights experts said on Tuesday, as demonstrations against a discredited police unit continue across the country.

UN expert urges Myanmar not to undermine ‘very lifeblood of democracy’ ahead of polls

An independent UN human rights expert has called on the Government and military of Myanmar to stop persecuting opposition supporters, including journalists and student protesters, ahead of next week’s general elections. 

UN rights chief warns of possible war crimes in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned of possible war crimes in the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.