human rights

News in Brief 23 May 2019

  • DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed Ebola response coordinator 
  • Draft El Salvador bill could give amnesty to serious human rights violators, Bachelet warns
  • First ever UN conference on ending sexual and gender-based violence underway  
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Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in ‘secret detention facilities’, UN human rights office warns

In Syria, it is suspected that children whose fathers fought for terrorist group ISIL are being held in unidentified “settlements” and “secret detention facilities” away from their mothers, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.

News in Brief 21 May 2019

  • UN food agency still seeking agreement with Yemen’s Houthis to stop aid diversion
  • ISIL children held in ‘secret detention facilities’, UN human rights office warns
  • Venezuela’s masses need international protection, urges UNHCR
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News in Brief 20 May 2019

  • Italy proposal to fine migrant rescue boats condemned by human rights experts
  • Ebola threat still ‘very high’ in DRC, warns WHO chief
  • On World Bee day, human activity blamed for falling pollinator populations
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News in Brief 17 May 2019

  • Condemnation as deadly Yemen airstrikes claim children’s lives in capital Sana’a
  • Justice for LGBTI people is still far from guaranteed, says UN on International day
  • UK’s forced returns policy highlighted by UN anti-torture panel
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Friday’s Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more

This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disasters; human rights issues in Myanmar; 900 children released from the ranks of a north-east Nigeria self-defense armed group; and referenda asking for the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala to be examined by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

News in Brief 10 May 2019

  • Record number of people displaced by conflict and natural disaster
  • Myanmar military alleged to have opened fire on men and boys held in school 
  • Nearly 900 children released by north-east Nigeria armed group
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News in Brief 9 May 2019

  • ‘Absolutely abhorrent’ attack on ambulance in Libya 
  • UN rights expert urges Cambodia to change ‘political culture’ 
  • Swine fever linked to food price spike: FAO 
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News in Brief 7 May 2019

  • Release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar welcomed 
  • Syria escalation being followed with “great concern” by UN Secretary-General
  • UN health agency targets 50 per cent reduction in snakebite deaths and disabilities
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Escalation in Syria fighting cause for ‘great concern’ says UN chief, dozens more civilians dead or injured

UN chief António Guterres has said that he’s following “with great concern” intensifying clashes in north-western Syria that have claimed yet more civilian lives and displaced thousands in recent days.