News in Brief 3 August 2021

  • UN human rights chief urges accountability for Beirut blasts, one year on
  • Wide impact of healthcare attacks: WHO
  • UN General Assembly agrees global eye care initiative
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News in Brief 17 July 2019

  • It’s time to find and arrest remaining war crimes fugitives – UN prosecutor
  • Politicization of migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary making them scapegoats, rights expert warns
  • Ethnic Russians reach out to other indigenous groups at UN forum
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Shadows of exclusion, social stigma, darken road to sustainable development

Discriminatory laws cast “long shadows” of exclusion, subordination and social stigma, and we must commit to breaking down the barriers these laws can create, to embrace “inclusivity”.  That’s according to Justice Edwin Cameron, appointed by Nelson Mandela as the first openly gay Judge on South Africa’s Constitutional Court, and widely seen as a hero for his fight to end all forms of inequality and exclusion.

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Macron leads EU-wide minimum wage call as Merkel, Medvedev warn of global injustice 

“Fundamental change” to the world of work – including an EU-wide minimum wage – is needed to address the growing gap between society’s haves and have-nots, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. 

Bringing justice to the people: how the UN is helping communities deal with disputes in remote and dangerous areas

Justice can be hard to come by in countries hit by conflict. To ensure that communities can settle disputes, and see criminals lawfully punished, UN peacekeeping missions support mobile courts, which travel to places where no regular court exists.


Venezuela must guarantee judicial impartiality - UN human rights expert

As political tensions continue to escalate in Venezuela, a United Nations independent human rights expert has called on the Government to “take all necessary measures to guarantee judicial independence,” following concerns that some pressure may have been placed on the country’s justice system “to act against the political opposition”.

International Court of Justice, key to ‘high degree’ of stability, peace and prosperity over 70 years

A chief reason for the high level of “peace, stability and prosperity” enjoyed by many countries across the world is the ongoing work of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).  That’s the view of Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, of Somalia, President of the ICJ.  Judge Yusuf briefed the Security Council on Wednesday on the work of the Court over the past year, he spoke with Mustafa Al Gamal of our UN News Arabic service.

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'I wouldn’t be here without UN fund for torture victims'

A Liberian journalist and human rights campaigner who endured months of torture during his country’s civil war says a UN fund for torture victims helps survivors “feel human again.”

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Bearing the “brunt of the war” in Uganda, women now need justice

Women in northern Uganda, who have borne the brunt of a 20-year war, now need full access to justice and their basic rights for society to make a full recovery.

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UN Gender Focus: gender balance in peacekeeping, women in Uganda and Rakhine women

Greater gender balance needed in peacekeeping, says UN chief

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