Human Rights

Guterres: Bring crimes of sexual violence in conflict out of ‘the shadows’, punish perpetrators

Sexual violence in conflict “reverberates down generations” and threatens both human and international security, the UN chief said on Thursday in his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Milestone moment for UN principles on business and human rights, but abuses persist

Although more companies are committing to respect human rights, gaps and challenges remain, UN experts said on Wednesday in assessing a decade of standards for business that take the wellbeing of people and the planet into consideration. 

Violence against elderly has risen during COVID, UN expert warns 

With “entrenched ageist attitudes” already undermining the autonomy of elder persons in making their own choices and decisions, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus further violence, abuse and neglect against them, a UN independent expert said on Monday, marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

UN rights chief urges accountability for escalating ‘catastrophe’ in Myanmar

Escalating violence across Myanmar including attacks on civilians must be halted to prevent even greater loss of life and a deepening humanitarian emergency, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Friday.

‘Mass deaths’ alert in Myanmar as 100,000 flee junta’s heavy weapons

In Myanmar, international action is needed urgently to prevent “mass deaths” there, after civilians fled attacks by so-called “junta bombs”, a top independent UN rights expert has warned.

Rights experts decry ‘black hole’ for media freedoms in Belarus

UN independent human rights experts have called for the immediate release of a jailed social media activist in Belarus amid what they described as a “black hole” for media freedoms in the country, according to a statement issued on Monday. 

‘Digital rights’ key to inclusive post-pandemic recovery: UN experts

Upholding human rights online must be part of global efforts to recover better following the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of UN independent experts said on Friday. 

Canada: UN independent experts call for ‘full-fledged investigations’ into mass grave at indigenous school

Independent UN human rights experts on Friday urged Canadian authorities and the Holy See of the Catholic Church to conduct prompt “full-fledged investigations” into a mass grave found in British Columbia containing the remains of over 200 children at a residential school for indigenous students, who had been forcibly taken from their homes.

Nicaragua must stop attacking and undermining human rights defenders  

An independent UN expert has deplored a recent spate of attacks against human rights defenders in Nicaragua and called on Thursday for the Government to immediately halt them. 

Freedom for all on two (or three) wheels

Elderly people often have to give up cycling, due to a fear of injury, but Cycling Without Age, a movement which began in Denmark, is allowing them to regain mobility, and the pleasures of cycling, in safety.