Human Rights

UN chief urges Maldives to uphold rule of law amid rapidly unfolding political crisis

Following the declaration of a ‘state of emergency’ in the Maldives, after which soldiers forced their way into the Supreme Court, United Nations Secretary-GeneralAntónio Guterres on Tuesday urged the Government to uphold the rule of law and ensure the safety of the people of the island nation.

Female genital mutilation ‘not acceptable’ in the 21st century – UN envoy on youth

Speaking a day ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, the United Nations youth envoy people underscored that the ghastly practice is an aversion to the human rights of millions and keeps them from achieving their full potential.

UN calls on Maldives to respect Supreme Court decision, says ‘ready’ to help ease political impasse

Following the Maldives’ Supreme Court decision ordering the release of convicted opposition leaders and the reinstatement of 12 parliamentarians, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed the world body’s continued readiness to facilitate all-party talks in finding a solution to the Indian Ocean nation’s political stalemate.

UN News in Brief: 2 February 2018


• Migrant’s bodies wash ashore in Libya

• Kenyan TV stations remain off air despite State directive

• Maldives urged to respect decision to overturn conviction against former leader

Mali human rights situation still a concern – UN report

Despite the signing of a 2015 Peace Agreement, the human rights situation in Mali still remains a concern, according to a United Nations report published on Thursday.

Security operations by Myanmar show ‘established pattern’ of domination over ethnic groups – UN expert

What Myanmar’s Government has claimed are military and security operations are “actually an established pattern” of domination and aggression against ethnic groups, the United Nations independent expert on the rights situation there said on Thursday, reporting on her visit to nearby countries, including Bangladesh, which is hosting nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees.

‘I feel guilty I survived;’ youngest Schindler’s list Holocaust survivor tells United Nations her story

More than seven decades after the end of the Holocaust, Eva Lavi – the youngest living Holocaust survivor saved by German industrialist Oskar Schindler – still feels guilty that she survived when so many of the Jewish children her age at that time were killed, including her cousins.

Davos: UN rights chief stresses leading role of businesses in ending LGBTI discrimination

With major companies joining the growing list of early adopters of United Nations standards to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, the UN human rights chief on Friday highlighted the private sector's crucial leadership role in ensuring the dignity and equal opportunities of LGBTI employees in the workplace and beyond.

‘We are all at risk’ when humanity’s values are abandoned; UN honours memory of Holocaust victims

Calling on the world to “stand together against the normalization of hate, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has stressed in his message for the International Day dedicated to honouring Holocaust victims that everyone has a responsibility to quickly and decisively resist racism and violence.

The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors: Keeping the memory alive

After the Second World War, 90 per cent of the Holocaust survivors were between 16 and 45 years old. Today, the youngest survivors, who were born in the last phase of the war, are over age 70.