UN Human Rights Council agrees to details for reviewing countries

The United Nations Human Rights Council wrapped up its fifth session today by agreeing to a package of new measures that includes how the “universal periodic review” mechanism – which allows the human rights records of every country to be scrutinized – will work.

Security Council members head to Addis for talks on UN-African Union cooperation

The first stop for members of the United Nations Security Council travelling on a week-long mission to Africa will be the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where they will focus on cooperation between the world body and the African Union (AU), as well as ongoing efforts for peace and development in Sudan and Somalia.

Security Council members depart on five-nation trip to Africa

Members of the United Nations Security Council leave today on a weeklong mission to Ethiopia, Sudan, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in support of ongoing peace efforts in Africa.

UN probe finds ‘significant’ human rights violations in Beit Hanoun attack

The head of a fact-finding mission dispatched by the United Nations Human Rights Council to Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, where an Israeli attack killed 19 Palestinian civilians last November, said today that “significant” human rights violations occurred there and called for an independent probe by national authorities.

Human rights situation in Somalia deteriorating, UN rights expert says

The human right situation in Somalia is deteriorating as hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes while others are being subject to threats, rape and violence in the war-torn East African nation, a United Nations expert said today.

UN Human Rights Council urged to keep system of independent experts

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today urged the Human Rights Council to maintain its system of independent experts and others who shine a spotlight on troubling situations around the world.

Africa to dominate Security Council’s work this month, says President

The United Nations Security Council will have a “fairly heavy programme” this month, dominated by African subjects and including a visit to the continent, its President for June said today.

Security Council reform deadlock means transition stage may be needed – report

The world’s countries remain so divided on the details of Security Council reform – from the question of expansion to the use of the veto to the categories of membership – that a transitional stage of reform may be necessary to break the deadlock, according to a new report canvassing the different positions of United Nations Member States on the issue.

Darfur, climate change lead issues for Security Council discussion this month

The worsening violence and humanitarian situation in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, and its implications for neighbouring countries, along with the global impact of climate change, are among the key issues that will dominate Security Council deliberations this month, its President for April said today.

Human Rights Council sets up independent monitoring group on Darfur

The United Nations Human Rights Council today agreed to set up a group of independent rights experts to work with the Sudanese Government and the African Union (AU) to monitor the situation on the ground in the war-torn Darfur region.