enforced disappearance

Mexico cannot move forward ‘without addressing the shadows of the past’, says UN rights chief

Concluding “five intense, interesting and rewarding working days” in Mexico, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the country was going through a “crucial” period where it needed to reckon with “the shadows of the past”, before it can move forward.

Proposal for Spain to reckon with its past during Franco era, welcomed by UN rights experts

A group of UN human rights experts has welcomed the announcement earlier this month by the Spanish Minister of Justice that the Government is paving the way for a Truth Commission to investigate violations that occurred during the civil war and the era of dictatorship under General Francisco Franco that followed.

News in Brief 15 March 2018

  • UNRWA services "need to be maintained at all costs”: UN chief
  • Thousands flee eastern Ghouta as UN prepares to assist those in need
  • OHCHR: “Strong evidence” of torture during investigation into 43 Mexican students’ disappearance
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“New and alarming patterns” of enforced disappearance emerging: Zeid

The practice of enforced disappearance is not decreasing, it’s “morphing”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said.

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UN often first to listen to families of the disappeared

The more than 40,000 cases of people worldwide who have been arrested, detained or abducted against their will represent human beings, not numbers, a UN human rights expert has said.

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Laos: UN urges Government to ensure safe return of missing human rights defender

The United Nations today urged the Government of Laos to do everything possible to ensure that a prominent human rights defender who went missing a week ago is found safe and unharmed.