Law and Crime Prevention

Fighting child marriage in India, thanks to school and a mobile phone

With the help of an innovative mobile phone service, UN agencies are working with the Government of Rajasthan, India, to combat child marriage.

Guterres strongly condemns DPR Korea long-range ballistic missile launch

The UN chief on Thursday strongly condemned the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, more commonly known as North Korea, its first such long-range test, since 2017. 

South Sudan: ‘hellish existence’ for women and girls, new UN report reveals

Widespread sexual violence against women and girls in conflict is being fueled by systemic impunity, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan said on Monday.

UN rights chief decries mass execution of 81 people in Saudi Arabia

The UN human rights chief has condemned the beheading of 81 people by Saudi Arabia during the course of a single day, charged with terrorism-related offences.

Break the link between illicit drugs and social media: UN-backed report

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent, UN-backed body, is calling on governments to do more to regulate social media platforms that glamourize drug-related negative behaviour and boost sales of controlled substances.

Russia reduced Genocide Convention 'to confetti', Ukraine tells world court

Ukraine addressed the UN’s highest court on Monday to reject as a “grotesque lie” Russia’s claims that genocide has been committed in eastern Ukrainian oblasts, or regions, before calling for emergency measures to halt Russian aggression.

Scrap harmful laws that increase discrimination, UNAIDS urges 

Everyone has the right to live a healthy, full, and productive life with dignity, regardless of their HIV or other medical status, the UN agency leading the fight against HIV/AIDS said on Tuesday, Zero Discrimination Day. 

Effects of colonialism ‘still being felt to this day’ 

The consequences of colonialism are “still being felt to this day”, Chef de Cabinet Courtenay Rattray told the Special Committee on Decolonization on Friday. 

Brazil: Key torture prevention mechanism whittled down for detainees

Brazil must comply with its international obligations, and reinforce its national prevention mechanisms against torture, UN independent experts said on Friday, after concluding a visit to the country, which is home to the third largest prison population in the world.

Bangladesh: Rights experts decry ‘appalling’ culture of impunity around killing of journalists

Authorities in Bangladesh have yet to conduct an investigation into the murder of prominent journalists Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi 10 years after they were killed, UN human rights experts said on Friday.