UN continues efforts to promote peace in Darfur and southern Sudan

The Security Council delegation visiting Africa held talks today in southern Sudan on recent violence there, while the top United Nations envoy to Darfur concluded a three-day visit to Khartoum in a bid to advance peace negotiations over the troubled region.

Outgoing UN rights chief hails progress in new system of scrutinizing States

The top United Nations human rights official has praised the progress made so far in the new system of examining the performance of the world body’s 192 Member States, as she delivered her final address in the post to the Human Rights Council today.

Member States elect 15 countries to serve on UN Human Rights Council

Fifteen countries from around the world have been elected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for three-year terms starting next month after one round of balloting today among Member States at UN Headquarters in New York.

UN human rights body begins first-ever examination of all countries’ records

The Universal Periodic Review, a new mechanism to examine the human rights record of every United Nations Member State, was launched today at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Security Council to focus on relationship with regional organizations this month

Strengthening the relationship between the United Nations and regional organizations such as the African Union will be the focus of the programme of work at the Security Council this month, its current President told reporters today.

Kicking off new review regimes, Human Rights Council nears end of session

Having initiated the first periodic review of the human rights performance of all States and established rapporteurs on groundbreaking new rights topics, the seventh session of the United Nations Human Rights Council finished the bulk of its work today in Geneva.

UN rights body says States must refrain from profiling while combating terrorism

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today passed a resolution calling on States to not resort to racial, ethnic or religious profiling while countering terrorism.

Security Council presidency will be a ‘challenge’ for Libya, says its Ambassador

After chairing his first Security Council meeting today, Libya’s Ambassador said that being both a new member and president of the 15-member body at once is not an easy task, but is nonetheless very important for the North African nation, which was shunned by the international community for many years.

Wrapping up session, UN Human Rights Council to send expert to Myanmar

The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its sixth session today in Geneva, adopting 13 resolutions and decisions, including a request that the independent expert on Myanmar return to the South-East Asian nation for further assessments.

UN human rights chief welcomes Rwanda’s abolition of death penalty

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today lauded the abolition of the death penalty in Rwanda.