human rights defenders

News in Brief 19 July 2021

  • Fewer women than men will regain work during COVID-19 recovery: ILO
  • Myanmar: ‘Terror campaign’ targets rights defenders, UN experts say
  • Mali: surge in attacks on 'slave' workers
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News in Brief 15 July 2021

  • COVID-19 pandemic ‘nowhere near finished’ says WHO panel
  • Violence ‘coming back to Syria’ warns UNICEF
  • Priest’s death in Indian prison a ‘stain’ on country’s record: UN rights expert
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News in Brief 9 July 2021

  • A third of Haiti’s children in urgent need of aid: UNICEF
  • Creation of Israeli settlements should be ‘war crime’, UN rights expert says
  • Honduras urged to stop criminalizing defence of indigenous rights
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News in Brief 6 July 2021

  • Displacement crisis driving up hunger in northern Mozambique: WFP
  • OHCHR voices ‘deep concern’ over protesters’ deaths in Eswatini
  • Iran urged to end long-term detention to ‘silence’ rights defenders
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News in Brief 4 June 2021

  • WHO appeal for 250 million COVID shots
  • Dozens killed in brutal DRC attacks on displaced people
  • Arrests of LGBTI rights defenders in Ghana, condemned by UN experts
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Countries failing to properly prosecute killers of human rights defenders, UN expert says

Countries must find the political will to prevent the killings of human rights defenders, hundreds of whom are murdered every year, a UN independent expert said on Friday in calling for greater protection for these activists. 

Rights experts call on Tanzania to end ‘crackdown’ on civic space

Tanzania should allow peaceful gatherings to take place ahead of elections in October and step back from “draconian” laws, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday.

Colombia: Killing of rights defenders, social leaders, ex-fighters, most serious threat to peace

The killing of former combatants, human rights defenders and social leaders of communities devastated by decades of conflict, remains the most serious threat to peace in Colombia since the signing of a landmark peace agreement in 2016, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday, meeting in-person at UN Headquarters in New York, for the first time in four months.

Human rights defenders, too often left defenceless themselves – UN expert

Human rights defenders working in conflict and post-conflict situations need to be given greater recognition, protection and support, an independent UN expert said on Wednesday, in his latest report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

Colombia: ‘Staggering number’ of human rights defenders killed in 2019

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, is “deeply troubled by the staggering number of human rights defenders killed in Colombia” last year, its spokesperson said on Tuesday.