Human Rights

Ban welcomes US decision to close Guantánamo Bay detention centre

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the decision by United States President Barack Obama to begin the process of closing the detention facility in Guantánamo Bay.

Closing Guantánamo Bay will end ‘dark chapter’ for US, stress UN experts

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have welcomed United States President-elect Barack Obama’s announced decision close the Guantánamo Bay detention centre, stressing it will end “a dark chapter in the country’s history.”

Martin Luther King an ‘unsurpassed advocate’ of UN values, says Ban Ki-moon

Viewing original papers written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta – the city he called home – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the renowned United States civil rights leader, saying the values he lived and died for are shared by the United Nations.

Violence against Algerian women hidden because of social taboos – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert has called on Algeria to take concrete measures against the gender inequality underlying violence against women, which she called a largely hidden problem because of the North African country’s social taboos around violence.

Malaysia: UN agency seeks moratorium on deportations of asylum-seekers

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called for a moratorium on the deportation of Indonesian asylum seekers in Malaysia amid persistent reports that authorities there are planning to deport some 250 people who fled conflict in the province of Aceh.