Human Rights

Myanmar Ambassador to UN denounces military coup, as envoy warns democratic processes have been ‘pushed aside'

As the democratically elected leader of Myanmar, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is still in detention following the military takeover that triggered country-wide protests, violence and arrests, the UN envoy for the country observed on Friday, declaring that “democratic processes have been pushed aside”. 

Pandemic recovery presents historic opportunity to ensure human rights for all: Guterres

Human rights have been battered in the COVID-19 pandemic but recovery represents a chance to improve on the status quo and finally ensure dignity for all, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Wednesday. 

Independent UN rights expert calls for unilateral sanctions to be dropped against Venezuela

At the end of a two-week visit to Venezuela, an independent UN human rights expert noted on Friday that unilateral sanctions imposed on the country have exacerbated pre-existing crises, calling for them to be dropped. 

Guterres welcomes US decision to re-engage with the Human Rights Council 

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed a commitment from the new US administration to “re-engage immediately and robustly” with the Human Rights Council, following the withdrawal of the United States from the multilateral body nearly three years ago. 

FROM THE FIELD: The Myanmar child workers risking their lives for stones

Thirteen-year-old Min Min scavenges day and night for precious stones in a quarry in Hpakant, northern Myanmar, where perilous conditions have led to the deaths of many workers. With more than a million children working in the country, the UN is fighting to end child labour worldwide.

US witnessed ‘echoes of the Holocaust’ during breach of the Capitol, says concentration camp survivor 

Having grown up a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied Europe, Irene Butter said on Wednesday during a UN commemorative event online, that the United States had seen for itself “echoes of the Holocaust” on 6 January during what she described as an ‘attempted coup’ at the Capitol, in Washington DC. Some of the rioters that day, “wore Nazi symbols and used Nazi slogans”, she attested.  

Stand against antisemitism with the ‘utmost determination’ – German Chancellor Merkel

The world must stand with the “utmost determination against antisemitism”, the Chancellor of German told the UN’s annual Holocaust remembrance ceremony on Wednesday. 

UN chief calls for urgent action against neo-Nazis in Holocaust remembrance message

More must be done to thwart neo-Nazis and white supremacists who are using the COVID-19 pandemic to target minorities, increase their ranks and re-write history, the UN Secretary-General has said. 

FROM THE FIELD: Misunderstood and mistreated; transgender women in Mexico

A group of transgender women in Mexico City has been telling the UN how despite living with discrimination and the threat of physical violence, they have managed to help others in a poor neighbourhood of the Mexican capital during the COVID-19 crisis.

Human rights must be ‘front and centre’ of COVID-19 response: Secretary-General

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for human rights to be put “front and centre” of COVID-19 response and recovery globally in order to achieve a better future for people everywhere.