Human Rights

‘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.

Colombia: UN rights chief calls for an end to all forms of violence in Cali

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet voiced her “deep concern” at recent events in the Colombian city of Cali that include reports of several deaths and violence.

Halt legislation on coercive mental health measures in Europe – UN experts 

Independent UN human rights experts called on Friday for a European body of intergovernmental experts to stop legislation supporting coercive mental health measures. 

UN rights chief calls for inclusive peace process to end Palestine occupation

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Thursday for a “genuine and inclusive peace process” to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and a repeat of recent deadly clashes that have been marked by possible war crimes by Israeli security forces.

UN rights chief urges Libya, EU, to protect migrants crossing the central Mediterranean

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday urged Libya’s unity government and European Union (EU) countries to act to protect migrants making the dangerous crossing in the central Mediterranean Sea. 

Belarus: UN human rights office calls for ‘immediate release’ of Roman Protasevich

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has strongly condemned the arbitrary detention of an opposition journalist in Belarus, calling it an “astonishing episode” that heralds a new phase in the campaign of repression against journalists and civil society there. 

Guterres deeply concerned over ‘forced landing’ and arrest of Belarus opposition journalist, as condemnation grows

The UN Secretary-General said on Monday he was “deeply concerned” over the apparent forced landing of a commercial passenger jet over Belarus, and the subsequent detention of a prominent dissident and journalist by authorities there.