human rights

World’s human rights watchdog spotlights Afghanistan, Yemen and 12 others: Here’s the scoop

The United Nation Human Rights Council (HRC) kicked off its Universal Periodic Review, or UPR, on Monday at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to examine the human rights situation in 14 countries, including Afghanistan and Yemen.

Human rights are ‘key’ for economic policymaking says UN expert

Calling on governments to take human rights obligations into account when designing economic reforms, an independent United Nations rights expert said on Monday that “human rights impact assessments are key to the process”.

UN rights chief alarmed over ‘excessive force’, live fire against Sudanese protestors

Reports that Sudanese security agents have used live ammunition and tear gas against anti-Government protesters gathering at hospitals in the capital Khartoum are “deeply worrying”, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said on Thursday. Daniel Johnson from UN News spoke to Ravina Shamdasani from OHCHR .

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Iran: women hunger strikers entitled to medical care, UN rights experts urge

A group of six independent United Nations rights experts called on Iran Wednesday to urgently provide Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Narges Mohammadi access to appropriate health care, and reiterated calls for their immediate release, as they continue a hunger strike in protest.

News in Brief 16 January 2019

  • UN chief calls for deeper efforts to stop widening inequality
  • Countries failing to protect the interests of all their people: UN Human Rights chief
  • 890 people killed western DRC violence: UN Human Rights chief calls for justice
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News in Brief 14 January 2019

  • Challenges still abound, 30th years on from landmark child rights treaty
  • The disaster that rocked Haiti nine years ago
  • UN experts plead for life of mentally-ill former police officer
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News in Brief 11 January 2019

  • Suffering of North Korea’s citizens is unchanged, warns UN rights expert
  • Thousands risk lives to flee fighting in last Syria’s last ISIL enclave
  • Cautious welcome for DRC Ebola decline in cases in epicentre
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News in Brief 7 January 2019

  • Upsurge in human trafficking, says new report
  • UN Refugee Agency to assess Saudi woman in Bangkok
  • ‘Environmentally-displaced’ people becoming a bigger factor
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Tanzanian human rights champion for women and girls wins top award

They have a saying where Rebeca Gyumi comes from in Tanzania, which sums up the collective spirit of community she grew up in: “I am, because you are”. The drive to champion human rights instilled in her as a girl, came to fruition last December, when she arrived at UN Headquarters in New York, as a recipient of the prestigious UN Human Rights Prize.

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UN News 2018 Recap: In Case You Missed It

At UN News, 2018 kicked off with UNICEF’s “challenge” to all nations to make sure more newborns survive their first days of life by ensuring they are protected from treatable diseases as well as having access to proven, low-cost health solutions in their first months.