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UN’s Bachelet rejects Sri Lankan official’s ‘spin’ on Human Rights Council encounter, urges reforms

The UN’s top rights official on Wednesday rejected claims by Sri Lankan officials that she distanced herself from a report on the country and instructed her staff to be more “cautious” in future, before stressing her commitment to justice for victims of grave abuses during the civil war.

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.

Sudan: UN rights chief alarmed over ‘excessive force’, alleged use of live fire against protestors

The reported use of “excessive force” against demonstrators across Sudan over food and fuel shortages that has led to the deaths of at least 24 people is “deeply worrying”, the UN’s top human rights official, Michelle Bachelet, said on Thursday.

More urgency needed to help increasing numbers ‘locked out’, before 2030, says UN’s Bachelet

Many countries are failing to protect and promote the interests of all their people – despite pledging to do so in 2016 – the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia, China, among 14 nations under UN human rights spotlight: what you need to know

The United Nation’s highest human rights body, the Human Rights Council (HRC), will start reviewing on Monday the track records of 14 countries, including Saudi Arabia and China. Here’s our UN News guide to how it works and why it matters.  

Human Rights Council election: 5 things you need to know about it

The United Nations General Assembly held secret-ballot elections for the Human Rights Council (HRC) on Friday.  As of 1 January next year, the 18 newly-elected States will serve for three years on the UN’s highest inter-governmental body mandated to protect and promote human rights worldwide.

Indigenous peoples ‘lag behind on all social and economic indicators’: UN deputy human rights chief

Progress that destroys traditional culture, language, land and human heritage “is not development, but willful destruction”, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday, in defence of indigenous peoples everywhere.

A record one million Syrians displaced over six months, during six key battles: UN investigators

All parties to the seven-year Syria conflict and the States that support them should do “everything in their power” to prevent a full-scale military assault on Idlib, a high-level United Nations-appointed panel of investigators said on Wednesday.

News In Brief 10 September 2018

  • Everyone has a role to play in combatting global corruption
  • New UN rights chief underscores the importance of multilateralism
  • It’s important to talk about suicide: WHO
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UN human rights chief denounces grave 'assaults' on fundamental rights of Palestinian people

From arbitrary detentions and deliberate deprivation, to attacks against civilians and forced displacements, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, expressed “acute concerns” on Monday over the current human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.