Human Rights

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.

In wake of violent protests in Iran, UN Security Council meets to take stock of situation

Even though days of anti-Government protests across Iran appear to have ebbed, a senior United Nations political official said Friday the UN will continue to monitor the situation and engage with Iranian authorities on addressing the legitimate concerns of the population through peaceful means.

Amid wave of protests in Iran, UN rights chief urges impartial probe into all acts of violence

The top United Nations human rights official on Wednesday urged the Iranian authorities to handle the protests that have taken place around the country “with great care” so as not to further inflame violence and unrest.

UN regrets reported loss of life amid Iranian protests

The United Nations regrets the reported loss of life resulting from the protests in Iran, and hopes that further violence will be avoided, a spokesperson for the world body said on Tuesday.

UN rights expert ‘disappointed’ by Myanmar’s decision to refuse visit

The United Nations expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar on Wednesday expressed disappointment at the Government’s decision to deny her all access to the country and withdraw cooperation for the duration of her tenure.

UN rights wing ‘appalled’ at mass execution in Iraq

Expressing deep shock at a mass execution of 38 men at a prison in the Iraqi city of Nassiriya, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the country to establish an immediate moratorium and carry out an urgent and comprehensive review of its criminal justice system.

‘American Dream’ quickly becoming an ‘illusion,’ says UN human rights expert

The number of Americans living in poverty and the already high income inequality could worsen further in the days to come, making the United States the most unequal society in the world, the United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human rights warned Friday.

Remove physical and cultural barriers; build inclusive societies 'for, by and with persons with disabilities' – UN

Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development, and for the 2030 Agenda to truly live up to its promise to 'leave no one behind,' all physical and cultural barriers must be removed to create societies that provide real opportunities for everyone everywhere, the United Nations has said.

No man will reach full potential unless women reach theirs, UN says on Day of Eliminating Violence

Unless the international community tackles violence against women, the world will not eradicate poverty or reach any of the other Sustainable Development Goals, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message today for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

UN chief extends condolences to bereaved families in wake of ‘horrific’ shooting in Texas church

Deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting in a Baptist church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday extended his condolences to the bereaved families and to the Government and people of the United States.