'Global coalition of conscience' needed for justice: Rev. Jesse Jackson

Racial freedom has been established across the United States but the “next phase” of the struggle involves full and equal access to education, healthcare and development.

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Worsening human rights 'cyclical': UN Belarus expert

Human rights in Belarus are not improving, but rather “going from worse to worse.”

That’s the view of Miklos Harazti, Special Rapporteur on human rights in Belarus, who has been accused by the government there of ignoring positive developments and barred from entering the country.

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Following Chelsea Manning’s commutation, UN expert urges pardons for other whistleblowers

Welcoming the commutation of United States army officer Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence for leaking classified military documents, a United Nations independents human rights expert today called on Governments to recognize the contributions of whistleblowers and pardon those serving prison sentences.

UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Central African Republic

Probe into South Sudan July attacks points to “lack of leadership”

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UN Gender Focus: access to water, burkini ban and gender inequality in the labour market

Time wasted collecting water a “double whammy” for women and girls

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Symposium on safety of journalists seeks to preserve press freedom

More than 700 journalists and others who report the news have been killed over the past decade, according to data collected by the UN cultural organization, UNESCO.

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Resistance of African slaves remembered on International Day

Nearly 225 years ago, enslaved Africans in what is now Haiti and the Dominican Republic rose up against their oppressors.

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UNESCO chief joins world leaders for historic unity march in wake deadly terrorist attacks in France

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, participated in today's historic march for freedom and solidarity in Paris, held in the wake of the deadly terrorist assault on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, and after three days of subsequent attacks that killed 17 people in the country.

'We need to find a way to live together,' says UN chief in special plea for tolerance

Making an impassioned appeal for tolerance, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for understanding among all communities to heal the tensions within societies – a particularly poignant plea following yesterday's horrific attack on the staff at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and in the face of ongoing sectarian violence across Africa's Sahel region being fuelled by Boko Haram.

UN mourns slain French cartoonists

The United Nations agency tasked with defending freedom of expression, in solidarity with France, today joined the country in mourning those killed in the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.