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.

UN rights body calls for immediate release of Lebanese detainees in Israel

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights today called on Israel to release immediately Lebanese detainees it was holding, at the same time rejecting a draft resolution calling on the Russian Federation to urgently take all necessary steps to stop human rights violations.

AIDS, hunger, terror threaten world security, top UN human rights body told

World security is threatened not only by the crises currently dominating the headlines but by AIDS, hunger and the "dreams of obscure vengeance" from political terrorists "whose only achievements are the sudden screams of innocent people," the top United Nations human rights official said today.

Top UN human rights body set to open 2003 session in Geneva

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights is set to open its annual six-week session in Geneva, which, for the first time in the panel's near 60-year history, will include a High-Level segment where top government officials will debate key human rights concerns.

UN women’s commission meets on violence, trafficking, access to media

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women opened its annual session today at UN Headquarters in New York, focusing on women’s access to the media and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

By secret ballot, Libya elected chair of UN human rights commission

Libya was elected today by secret ballot to head the top United Nations human rights panel - a break from nearly 50 years of tradition in which chairpersons are elected by acclamation.

15 members elected to UN’s key rights panel; US is back after year’s absence

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today elected 15 new members to the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights, including the United States, which will rejoin the UN’s main human rights body after a year’s absence.

UN’s principal human rights body opens session in Geneva

The United Nations Human Rights Commission opened its fifty-eight session in Geneva today, with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, describing the gathering as the forum at which the most comprehensive debate on the state of human rights around the world takes place.