UN independent expert on extrajudicial killings urges action on reported incidents

A United Nations independent human rights expert on extrajudicial killings today called for action in response to reported incidents in the United States, Iran, the Russian Federation, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Indonesia.

Human Rights Council calls for fact-finding missions to probe alleged Israeli abuses

The United Nations Human Rights Council today adopted a resolution without a vote which called for two urgent fact-finding missions to be dispatched to the occupied Palestinian territory, voicing concern that previous attempts to investigate potential human rights abuses had been hindered by Israel.

UN human rights chief urges States to implement new treaty to protect disabled

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today called on Member States to protect and respect the rights of the disabled, who comprise 10 per cent of the world’s population, by implementing the landmark Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities after it is opened for signature on Friday.

UN council calls for universal support for pact on economic and social rights

The United Nations Human Rights Council today called on all remaining countries that have not signed and ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) to do so, and to ensure that those rights are implemented without discrimination of any kind.

Civil institutions can help to reduce enforced disappearances, UN rights body told

A United Nations Human Rights Council working group on enforced or involuntary disappearances has called on the international community to bolster civil society institutions around the world, saying they offer the best hope of deterring such abuses.

UN expert calls for all children – regardless of differences – to be educated together

Children with disabilities have the right to an inclusive education and Member States must increase efforts to ensure that all children, regardless of differences, learn together, the United Nations independent expert on the right to education said today.

Human rights expert calls on States to back UN treaty protecting migrant workers

The United Nations independent expert on the rights of migrants today called on UN Member States to ratify the international treaty that seeks to protect the almost 200 million migrant workers around the world against abuse.

UN human rights chief says all countries deserve scrutiny

No country is immune from human rights problems and therefore they can all benefit from cooperating frankly with international rights mechanisms, the top United Nations official for the subject said today.

UN human rights chief stresses importance of universal review of countries’ records

A key test of whether the United Nations Human Rights Council is working better than its derided predecessor will be the functioning of the “universal periodic review,” the new mechanism that will allow the records of all countries to be scrutinized, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said today.

As Human Rights Council opens session, Ban Ki-moon says ‘world is watching’

The Human Rights Council opened its fourth session in Geneva today, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressing that the “world is watching” to see if the new body, which was set up last year to replace the much-criticized Human Rights Commission, will live up to expectations.