Human Rights

UN experts call on Iran to release journalist Jason Rezaian as he awaits verdict

United Nations human rights experts today urged the Iranian Government to immediately release the Washington Post’s correspondent in Tehran, Jason Rezaian, who now awaits verdict after his fourth and possible final hearing earlier this week.

Condemning new death sentence, UN rights chief highlights alarming use of capital punishment in Iran

The top United Nations human rights official today expressed alarm at the imposition of the death penalty on Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of a spiritual movement, writer and practitioner of alternative medicine theories used in Iran and abroad.

UN rights experts call on Iran to end death penalty

Two United Nations human rights experts have condemned the sharp increase in executions across Iran in recent weeks, urging the Government in Tehran to heed the Organization's appeal for an immediate halt on the use of the death penalty.

Malaysia’s anti-terror and sedition laws ‘curtail’ human rights, warns UN rights chief

A series of amendments to Malaysia’s 1948 Sedition Act risk seriously undermine freedom of expression and opinion throughout the country, the top United Nations human rights official warned today as he urged the Asian state to bring its legislation in line with international human rights standards.

FEATURE: Architect of UN slavery memorial explains ‘The Ark of Return’

This year’s commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade will have particular significance at United Nations Headquarters in New York, where six years of work to establish a permanent memorial to honour the victims pays off with the unveiling today.

UN to unveil permanent memorial in New York honouring victims of transatlantic slave trade

A permanent memorial to honour the victims of one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history will be revealed at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, when the world marks the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Iran: UN experts urge ‘immediate halt’ over scheduled execution of juvenile

The Government of Iran must comply with its international human rights obligations and immediately halt its planned execution of a juvenile offender, two United Nations human rights experts urged today.

Citing ‘surge’ in executions, UN expert voices deep concern about right to life in Iran

The human rights situation in Iran remains of deep concern, an independent United Nations expert said today, flagging issues related to the right to life, the judicial system, religious persecution, and discrimination against women.

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.

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.