Human Rights

‘Put Syrians first…finally’, UN rights investigators urge after deadly decade of conflict

Along with an end to the “instrumentalization” of humanitarian aid, victims of Syria’s decade-long civil war and their families need justice to help rebuild their lives, Human Rights Council-appointed investigators said on Thursday.  

New ICC ruling ‘opens the door’ for justice in occupied Palestine – Independent UN expert

The ruling of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that is does have jurisdiction over grave crimes committed in occupied Palestinian territory is a “significant step forward in the quest for justice and accountability”, an independent UN human rights expert said on Tuesday. 

‘Unknown number’ of foreign nationals have died in squalid Syrian camps, say rights experts

“An unknown number” of foreign nationals have died while being detained in squalid camps in Syria’s northeast, senior UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Monday.

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 increasing risk of female genital mutilation

The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the risk of female genital mutilation or FGM, with the UN predicting that an additional two million girls will be subjected to the practice in the next ten years.

‘Voices of resistance, resilience and courage’ – UN News podcast bears witness to lives beyond the Holocaust 

Before Vered Kater became a dedicated health worker, traveling to developing countries to administer aid to the needy, she spent her early years in hiding – from the Nazis.

DPR Korea: Impunity prevails in prisons, amid potential ‘crimes against humanity’ – Bachelet

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) is gravely concerned by “credible accounts of forced labour” in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) prison system, according to a new report published on Tuesday. 

EU must place social justice ‘at its core’ to lift people out of poverty

The European Union’s failure to lift 20 million people out of poverty by 2020, is “a defeat for social rights”, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday, urging the bloc to boldly rethink its whole socio-economic approach.

Tigray’s children in crisis and beyond reach, after months of conflict: UNICEF

Three months since fighting began in Ethiopia’s northern state of Tigray, there’s grave concern for the plight of youngsters there, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF has warned.

Shining a light on sexually exploited women and girls forced into crime

Trafficked and sexually exploited woman and girls can find themselves facing prosecution and conviction for those very same crimes, in some countries, a new UN report shows. The study aims to help prosecutors to better handle these complex cases, and protect the genuine victims.

Pandemic will not end for anyone, ‘until it ends for everyone’ 

The COVID-19 pandemic “will not end for anyone, until it ends for everyone”, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday, advocating for an equitable and globally-coordinated vaccine distribution programme.