Human Rights

‘Outraged’, UN experts urge Egypt to overturn largest confirmed mass death verdict

The credibility and integrity of the Egyptian justice system has become “deeply compromised”, a group of United Nations human rights experts today said, urging the Government to impose a moratorium on the death penalty and to offer new and fair trials for 183 people whose death sentences have been confirmed.

UN expert urges Belarus to guarantee the right to elect and to be elected

Belarus is the only country in Europe with no opposition in parliament, a United Nations independent expert has said urging the Government to strengthen the right to elect and to be elected.

Agreement reached to expand visits for separated Sahrawi families – UN

A meeting between the United Nations refugee agency, Morocco, Frente Polisario, Algeria, and Mauritania ended today in Geneva with agreement to expand a programme of family visits between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara.

UN chief condemns attack on home of renowned doctor in eastern DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns in the “strongest possible terms” an attack which took place on Thursday night at the home of Dr. Denis Mukwege, a physician internationally known for his work with rape victims in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to Mr. Ban's spokesperson.

In report on Nepal conflict, UN human rights chief voices concern over pace and extent of justice efforts

With the release of a landmark report on breaches of international law committed in the ten years before the 2006 peace deal between the Nepali Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the United Nations human rights chief today highlighted her concern over the failure to create promised transitional justice mechanisms to address past human rights violations.

UN human rights expert calls on US to consult with indigenous people over land sale

A United Nations independent expert today called on the United States Government and authorities in the state of South Dakota to start consultations with indigenous people on a land sale that will affect a site of spiritual significance to them.

UN expert urges US authorities to stop execution of two persons with disabilities

An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged United States authorities to stop the execution of two people with psychosocial disabilities who are scheduled to be put to death tomorrow in the states of Georgia and Texas.

Cambodia needs more transparency in dealing with economic concessions – UN

An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged the Cambodian Government to act with more transparency when dealing with economic and other land concessions, and to make the process more inclusive for the individuals and communities affected.

Papua New Guinea on ‘slippery path’ to undermining rule of law, warns UN official

A top United Nations official today voiced concern about recent steps taken by the Government in Papua New Guinea that undermine the rule of law, breach international human rights standards, impinge on the independence of the judiciary, and could lead to serious instability.

Brazil: UN welcomes prosecution of retired colonel for abuses during military rule

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the prosecution of a retired Brazilian army colonel for disappearances during the country’s military dictatorship as a “first and crucial step” in fighting the impunity that surrounds that period.