High rate of Māori in prison among concerns as UN experts wrap up New Zealand visit

A United Nations human rights panel has voiced concerns about issues related to the deprivation of liberty in New Zealand, including the “disproportionate incarceration rates” of the Māori population, despite legal safeguards against arbitrary detention.

UN rights office concerned at ‘alarming’ levels of violence in Venezuelan prisons

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern at an “alarming” pattern of violence in Venezuelan prisons, with the latest incident leaving 58 inmates dead and around 100 injured.

UN expert panel on arbitrary detention to discuss 43 cases in next week’s session

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts will on Monday begin a session to discuss 43 confidential cases of arbitrary detention concerning 22 countries and review information relating to those cases, including communications from States.

UN rights expert urges legal pact to end ‘global crisis’ in detention facilities

With prisoners around the world living in inhuman conditions, a United Nations independent expert today called for a global convention on the rights of detainees to ensure that their human rights are respected.

UN experts voice significant concern over legal rights of Italy’s migrant detainees

A group of independent United Nations experts today expressed “significant human rights concerns” over the legal rights of irregular migrants and asylum-seekers in Italy, while otherwise acknowledging the strength of the country’s judicial system.

UN human rights chief welcomes United States court ruling on Guantánamo Bay

The United Nations human rights chief has welcomed today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court that the country’s constitution extends to foreigners being held in Guantánamo Bay and that they have the right to challenge their detention in the civilian court system.