human rights

News in Brief 17 July 2018

  • Nicaraguan State must end demonstrator killings: UN human rights office
  • UN refugee agency appeals over Australia refugee family separation
  • Spain overtakes Italy as number one route for migrants
  • DR Congo Ebola outbreak set to be declared over
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World Population Day: ‘A matter of human rights’ says UN

Family planning was affirmed to be a human right 50 years ago, leading to what would become the annual observation of World Population Day, which focuses attention on the impact the number of children born, has on the world.

News in Brief 06 July 2018

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Act now to end violence, Zeid urges Nicaraguan authorities

The Nicaraguan authorities should “take real steps” to prevent further loss of life in the country amid ongoing protests and violent repression by pro-Government “armed elements”, the UN’s top human rights official said on Thursday.

News In Brief 04 July 2018

  • Mali facing ‘alarming’ rise in rights violations, warns UN expert
  • 'Deep concern' over Chinese rights activist’s health
  • Syria’s Yarmouk is a ‘hell-hole in utter ruins’: UNRWA
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PODCAST: Ending border dispute, just one problem Eritrea must solve

For this edition of our UN & Africa podcast, Sheila Keetharuth, ending her six-year mandate as the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea, talks to Daniel Johnson after presenting her last report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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IMF wants to change focus on austerity, says UN rights expert

Financial rescue packages offered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to countries facing economic meltdown, should place less emphasis on cutbacks in future in recognition that the Fund has “gone too far with austerity”, Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, told Daniel Johnson after presenting his report on the IMF — as well as the United States and Ghana — to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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News in Brief 29 June 2018

  • EU migration deal welcomed by UN agencies
  • UN’s Zeid appeals to Syria combatants to avoid further bloodshed
  • Welcome for Sudan alleged rape victim’s death sentence repeal
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Opponents of constitutional change in Burundi face torture and execution: UN investigators

In Burundi, opponents of constitutional reform supported by the Government have faced torture and execution amid a “continuing environment of threats and intimidation”, senior UN investigators said on Wednesday.

UN Gender Focus: Rohingya women eye return to Myanmar with serious concern

Rohingya women living in refugee camps in Bangladesh who have escaped rape and deadly violence in Myanmar say they fear returning home because of ongoing insecurity and the fact that they have no status there, Pramila Patten, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict, told UN News in this UN Gender Focus podcast.

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