UN human rights body approves guidelines for multinational corporations

In an important step forward in developing human rights standards for corporations, an expert subsidiary panel of the top United Nations rights body today approved a set of ethics guidelines bringing together a range of legal obligations for companies drawn from existing human rights, labour and environmental standards.

Annan to convene high-level panel to study private investment in development

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is set to launch a high-level commission to analyze and evaluate key factors that inhibit the private sector from playing a stronger role in development.

24 countries elected to UN human rights commission

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) - the United Nations forum that coordinates the work of specialized agencies, functional and regional commissions - today held elections to fill vacancies in its various subsidiary bodies, including the choice of 24 countries for its key human rights commission.

UN rights forum asks parties to Iraq conflict to follow humanitarian law

Wrapping up its annual session today, the main United Nations human rights forum adopted a resolution on the situation in Iraq asking all parties to the current conflict to abide strictly by their obligations under international humanitarian law.

Annan stresses universality and indivisibility of human rights

Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the top United Nations human rights body today that its mission was more important than ever in an era when “war, terror and the threat of political violence have become a much greater part of many peoples’ lives,” an era when “inaction is not an option.”

Top UN rights body adopts measures on civil and political rights, indigenous issues

The central United Nations human rights forum today tackled a range of issues strongly endorsing the interdependent and mutually reinforcing nature of human rights, development and the rule of law, by adopting measures designed to protect the rights of individuals and promote civil and political freedoms.

UN rights forum adopts measures promoting civil, political liberties

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights headed into the final stretch of its annual session today, adopting a series of measures promoting civil and political rights, and approving a three-year mandate extension of its working group on arbitrary detention.

Top UN rights body adopts measures on Cuba, Belarus, Burundi and DR of Congo

During its annual examination of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in any part of the world, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights has adopted measures on the human rights situations in Cuba, Belarus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi.

Top UN rights body adopts resolutions on DPR of Korea, Turkmenistan and Myanmar

In a series of keenly debated decisions, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted resolutions expressing concern at rights violations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Turkmenistan and Myanmar, but rejected bids to censure serious human rights abuses in Zimbabwe and the Sudan.

World leaders recommit to drug control measures at UN drug commission

Recognizing that the illicit drug problem is still a global challenge that constitutes a serious threat to health, development and security, world health ministers and top government officials at an annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UNCND) adopted a set of recommendations to enhance the implementation of drug control measures.