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.

Iran, Darfur and other hotspots to dominate Security Council in March: President

The Security Council expects to adopt a resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme early next week, while the continuing conflict in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, the role of women across the world, and possible visits to Nepal, Lebanon and other global hotspots will dominate the 15-member body’s work throughout March, its new president said today.

Secretary-General Ban stresses Darfur, Middle East and conflict prevention as key issues

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told the Security Council that stepping up efforts to resolve the Darfur crisis is one of his top priorities, warning of an ever worsening humanitarian crisis in this strife-torn part of Sudan, as he also highlighted the Middle East and UN peacekeeping worldwide as other key challenges.