human rights

News in Brief 28 October 2020

  • UN chief hails Republic of Korea’s vow to achieve carbon neutrality 
  • Rights experts decry Poland’s anti-abortion reform 
  • UN builds momentum for restoring forests in key decade for ecosystems 
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Independent UN rights experts urge Thai government to allow peaceful protests 

Calling the latest imposition of a state of emergency in Thailand, a “draconian measure”,  UN-appointed human rights experts on Thursday urged the Government there to guarantee the fundamental rights of peaceful assembly and free speech.  

News in Brief 22 October 2020

  • Pandemic highlights education as ‘public good and essential public service’ 
  • UN experts urge Thai government to allow peaceful protests 
  • WHO and Wikimedia Foundation expand access to trusted COVID information 
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UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria 

The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was closely following recent developments across Nigeria, in the wake of reports that protesters had been shot dead and wounded, and called for “an end to reported police brutality and abuses.” 

News in Brief 20 October 2020

  • UN rights chief urges India to safeguard rights of NGOs, activists
  • Central Sahel humanitarian needs at 'breaking point': Guterres
  • UNHCR and partners to hold donor conference for Rohingya refugees
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Safeguard human rights defenders, rights of NGOs in India, Bachelet urges

Highlighting that India has long had a strong civil society at the forefront of “groundbreaking human rights advocacy within the country and globally", the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, raised concerns on Tuesday that “vaguely defined laws are increasingly being used to stifle these voices”.  

News in Brief 16 October 2020

  • COVID-19: ‘little or no’ benefit from remdesivir: WHO 
  • An ‘airlift of hope’ for Yemen, UN envoy tells Security Council 
  • Bolivia: UN rights chief Bachelet renews call for free and fair elections  
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Rights experts urge UAE to halt repatriation of Yemeni nationals 

The repatriation of 18 Yemeni nationals previously held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, should be halted, as their lives could be in danger, UN-appointed human rights experts said on Thursday. 

News in Brief 15 October 2020

  • Rape is monstrous but death penalty not the answer: UN rights chief 
  • Billions can’t wash hands properly, one billion at immediate COVID risk 
  • Rights experts urge UAE to halt repatriation of Yemeni nationals 
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News in Brief 9 October 2020

  • UN’s WFP wins Nobel Peace Prize 
  • Nagorno-Karabakh: UN rights chief calls for urgent ceasefire  
  • Pandemic has changed online shopping forever: UN-backed survey 
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