human rights defenders

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.

Environmental protection moves ‘closer to the people’ through new human rights agreement

The UN environment agency and human rights office (OHCHR) signed a landmark new agreement on Friday aimed at better protecting vulnerable human and environmental rights defenders and their families, while increasing protection for people and the places where they live, across the world. 

Migration: a global phenomenon we ‘cannot escape:’ UN rights expert

Anti-immigrant rhetoric around the world is increasingly “worrying,” a UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders said on Tuesday, and when some governments begin labelling migrants “terrorists”, advocates for their rights “need to find ways to protect them.” UN expert Michel Forst spoke with Elena Vapnitchnaia of UN News’s Russian Unit, about how defamation of immigrants and their defenders impacts local social climates. 

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News In Brief 05 June 2018

  • Concern for “tens of thousands” of rights defenders under arrest in Egypt – OHCHR
  • Mediterranean boat tragedy update – UNHCR
  • Children “as young as one” involved in U.S. separation of migrant families - OHCHR
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More protection for human rights defenders, is key

An increasing number of threats are being made towards human rights defenders all over the world, with some being murdered, arrested, prosecuted unfairly and in some cases, they “simply disappear”.

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China: UN human rights office voices concern over jail term for lawyer

The United Nations human rights office expressed concern today at reports that a Chinese court has replaced the period of probation given to a human rights lawyer with a three-year prison sentence, saying the move is indicative of a trend of secret detentions in the Asian nation.

Human rights defenders continue to be threatened around world, UN expert warns

Human rights defenders continue to be harassed, attacked, killed and ‘disappeared’ around the world more than a decade after the adoption of an international declaration meant to protect them, a United Nations expert warned today.